Bar News - July 21, 2006
Ronald B. Ingemie
Ronald B. Ingemie, clerk magistrate of the Fitchburg District Court and former longtime city councilor, died Sunday, April 2, 2006 at age 58 of cancer.
Friends described Ingemie as one of the city’s most well-respected leaders. “He was very well-liked, very intelligent, very honest,” said Mary Whitney, a former Fitchburg mayor who served on City Council with Ingemie for more than a decade. “He had so much integrity.”
A lifelong resident of Fitchburg, except for his college years in Washington D.C., Ingemie earned a political science degree from Catholic University in 1970 and a law degree from George Washington University in 1973. He then opened a private practice in the Fitchburg area and became a member of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bars that same year.
Ingemie joined the City Council in 1978, serving as its president from 1983 to 1997. Ingemie served as acting mayor of Fitchburg twice during his political career, from 1987 to 1988, and then from 1997 to 1998. In 1999 he became assistant clerk of Fitchburg District Court. He became Clerk Magistrate of the court in 2002 and served in that position until his death. Flags around the city flew at half-staff on April 3 to honor him.
“We’ve lost one of the best men we had,” said City Councilor Annie DeMartino. “I was so fortunate to have served with him. He was just marvelous.”
Ingemie is survived by his wife of 28 years, Marilou, and his two children, Samuel and Sarah.
Information reprinted by permission from an article by Kyle Alspach, Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise of April 4, 2006.
Thomas F. Shannon
Thomas F. Shannon, an international trade lawyer and co-founder of a Washington, D.C. law firm that bears his name, died, at age 79, of cancer June 23, 2006.
Born in Lowell, Mass., Shannon served in the Navy after high school, and then went on to Bowdoin College in Maine, graduating in 1950. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1953.
Shannon passed the NH Bar Exam and worked for a small law firm in New Hampshire until 1955, when he went to work as minority counsel on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Shannon and law partner Robert Collier founded Collier & Shannon in 1963, specializing in international trade and energy law. It grew over the next 43 years to employ hundreds of lawyers and support staff. In the 1980s, as Collier Shannon Scott, it was one of the first D.C. law firms to develop subsidiaries offering economic and communications consulting.
Shannon was a longtime resident of Georgetown and maintained a second home in Nantucket, Mass. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Helen Shannon of Washington, D.C., and a sister.
Information reprinted from The Washington Post news service of June 26.
On behalf of our colleagues Ronald B. Ingemie and Thomas F. Shannon, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.