causes simply because he felt some needy individual could use his help. He saw the law as a tool for positive change, regardless of a person’s station in life.
Phil is still with us, but his legal career was cut short by a major stroke in 2003 which forced him to retire at the age of 74. For Phil, there was no such thing as "planned retirement." He loved the practice of law and intended to continue his career as long as his health permitted.
He joined the army upon graduation from high school and served three years during the US occupation of Japan. Afterwards, he used the GI Bill to attend the University of New Hampshire, from which he graduated in 1953. After a year in the work force, he entered Harvard Law School, graduating in 1957. He moved to Wolfeboro and began his legal career as an associate to attorney James Kalled.
In 1965, Phil became clerk of the Carroll County Superior Court, a position which he held for five years before returning to private practice in Wolfeboro. Phil maintained his own law office in Wolfeboro for 33 years, a portion of which he also served as special justice of the Wolfeboro District Court. He was past president, treasurer, and director of the Carroll County Bar Association.
Phil served on the Gov. Wentworth Regional School Board for 11 years, nine years as chairman. He helped organize and sustain the Wolfeboro Summer Theatre, served as a hospice volunteer, and was an activist in the Democratic Party. As Phil liked to say, "It takes courage to be a Carroll County Democrat."
A few of Phil’s friends and former associates recently established the "Philip J. Ganem Courtroom Fund" to honor Phil by naming the courtroom inside the historic 1916 Carroll County Courthouse in Ossipee, NH in Phil’s honor. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the Courthouse Revitalization Project being undertaken by the Ossipee Historical Society, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and current owner of the building.
The mission of the Philip J. Ganem Courtroom Fund is:
To keep the historic courthouse open for public use.
All members of the NH Bar are invited to join in this effort to preserve New Hampshire’s legal heritage, revitalize the historic Carroll County Courthouse, and honor Phil Ganem.
For more information or to send a tax deductible financial contribution, please contact the Philip J. Ganem Courtroom Fund, P.O. Box 245, Ossipee, NH 03864-0245. All contributions will go to the Ossipee Historical Society, a 501 (c) (3) organization, as part of the Courthouse Revitalization Project.