Bar News - January 19, 2007
Earl J. Dearborn
Earl J. Dearborn, 90, died on Jan.2, 2007 in Windsor, Vt.
Attorney Dearborn worked for the McLane firm and for Devine Millimet, both of Manchester. In 1952, he joined the staff of Manchester Bank (later BankEast) as legal officer and vice president. After his retirement in 1975, he worked as a marital master for Merrimack County Superior Court.
Dearborn was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served as an interpreter and translator in the South Pacific; he also served in Japan after the war and retired as a lieutenant from the U.S. Naval Reserves. Upon his return to the United States, Dearborn began his long legal career.
He was raised in Manchester, but moved to Pembroke in 1960 where he lived for the next 45 years. He retired to Vermont in 2005. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated from Dartmouth College cum laude in 1939. He was a Phi Beta Kappa member and Rufus Choate Scholar. He received a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law and joined the NH Bar in 1947.
Active in his community, Dearborn was a member of the Pembroke Street Village District and the Pembroke Zoning Board of Adjustment. He was also secretary of the Pembroke Fire Department for 32 years.
He is survived by Ruth (Somers) Dearborn, his wife of 67 years; a daughter Jane Fillmore and her husband John; several grandchildren and their spouses and 11 great-grandchildren.
John Madden Mullen
John Madden Mullen, 95, of Newton, Mass., died Jan.6, 2007. Attorney Mullen joined the Mass. Bar in 1945 and the NH Bar in1948. He had a solo law practice in Boston and in New Hampshire and was special counsel to the Mass. State Supreme Court for many years. He also wrote articles for the former Manchester Morning Union.
Mullen attended St. Anselm College, graduated from the University of Montreal, and earned a masterís degree from Catholic University and a doctorate from Georgetown University. Mullen attended night classes while attending Georgetown Law School and earning ďabout three dollars a dayĒ performing tasks for the Library of Congress.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Katherine (Cotter) Mullen, three daughters, Katherine E. Mullen of Queens, N.Y., Mary P. Mullen of Wellesley and Elizabeth A. Mullen of Needham, Mass.; and a sister Margaret Fitzgerald, of Manchester.
On behalf of our colleagues Earl J. Dearborn and John Madden Mullen, the New Hampshire Bar Associationís Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.