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Bar News - October 17, 2008

In Memoriam

Richard B. Couser

Richard B. Couser
Richard B. Couser, 67, of Lebanon, died recently after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Lebanon, NH, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduated from Yale University in 1963 and received a law degree from Stanford Law School in 1966.

Couser began his legal career at Orr & Reno, and then moved to DíAmante, Couser, Steiner and Pellerin, in Concord.

In addition to leading community and youth groups, Couser was involved in Boy Scouts. He was a deacon of the First Congregational Church of Barrington and used his legal training to serve God and the needs of religious ministries. He was president of the Christian Legal Society, and wrote three books: Ministry and the American Legal System; Managing Risks: First Steps in Identifying Congregational Liability; and a theological work, The Deuteronomy Project: A Journey into the Mind of God.

Couser is survived by his wife, Linda; brother William; daughter Alison and her husband Steven; son Jonathan and his wife Yvette; and seven grandchildren.

Charles J. Griffin

Charles J. Griffin, 100, died recently at the Pines at Edgewood.

A lifelong resident of Portsmouth, NH, Griffin attended Portsmouth High School and eventually graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School in 1932.

Griffin attended law school at night and worked full time as a manager for First National Stores and after passing the bar exam, opened his first law office on Congress Street in Portsmouth. In the 1940s, Griffin joined forces with Hon. Thomas Morris and they practiced together until Morris was appointed to the Superior Court in 1956.

Griffin practiced law for over 60 years and served as Portsmouth City Solicitor, was a special justice of the Portsmouth District Court, served on the Portsmouth Board of Adjustment and was a member of the Portsmouth School Board.

He is survived by his son Charles and his wife Judy; three grandsons; two great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

On behalf of our colleagues Richard B. Couser and Charles J. Griffin, the New Hampshire Bar Associationís Board of Governors has made a contribution to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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