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Bar News - February 9, 2007

In Memoriam


Honorable Robert B. Dickson


Hon. Robert B. Dickson, 82, Chocorua, died Jan. 30, 2007. Judge Dickson, who retired from the bench in 1994, still acted as associate Superior Court and Supreme Court justice when called upon. He was honored at the NH Bar Association’s 2006 annual meeting as a 50-year member.


Dickson said he became a lawyer because he “fell in love with the law.” He was born in Montclair, NJ, attended Yale University and obtained his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1955. His first bar admittance was in 1956 in New York and he joined the NH Bar in 1973. Dickson began his legal career as an associate at Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in New York City.


During World War II, he flew fighter planes off carrier ships in the Pacific.


After he joined the NH Bar, Dickson headed up the law firm of Dickson Fauver & Cooper in North Conway for many years; he became involved in his community, too, serving as a town selectman. He said his colleagues and friends in the law made his career memorable to him.


He is survived by his five children—Sands, Charlie, Anne, John and Robert—and five grandchildren and a sister, Sally Hartshorne of Conway.


The memorial service will be held on Feb. 17 at St. Andrews Church, Route 25, Tamworth, NH.


Ronald Ian Segal


Ronald I. Segal, 59, of Peabody, Mass., a member of the Mass. Bar since 1980 and of the NH Bar since 1984, died at his home June 22, 2006 of lung cancer.


Segal was a graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center and a well-known criminal defense lawyer throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Segal attended Berklee College of Music in Boston (he played saxophone, flute and clarinet) and planned to teach music; but then he transferred to the University of Miami from which he graduated with a degree in political science. After college, Segal moved to Albany, NY, where he met his wife, Carol Ann Silverstein. They later moved to Boscawen.


He was greatly admired not only for his courtesy and collegiality, but also for his flair for the dramatic. A showman in court, Segal entertained both fellow attorneys and judges with his quick wit, but also challenged them with his knowledge and application of the law.


Segal was always the champion of the disadvantaged and a civil libertarian.


He is survived by his wife and his three daughters; Honor and Meredith are lawyers and Kara Elizabeth is a law student. Honor was in practice with her father. His surviving family also includes a brother Alan of Silver Spring, Md.


On behalf of our colleagues, Hon. Robert B. Dickson and Ronald I. Segal, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.



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