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Bar News - April 17, 2009


In Memoriam

Hon. Eugene F. Nute

Judge Eugene F. Nute, died recently at Landgon Place of Dover at the age of 90.

Born in Portsmouth, Nute was raised in Farmington and attended Farmington High School and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1941.

During World War II, Nute served in the US Army in Europe, rising to the rank of major and earning a Bronze Star. While in Europe, he met his wife, Patricia Hampson of London.

Discharged from the military in 1946, Nute returned to the United States and attended Boston University Law School, graduating in 1949 and joining the NH Bar in the same year. After joining the Bar, Nute opened a general practice office in Farmington and was later appointed Justice of the Farmington Municipal Court. He retired from practice in 1988.

Nute also served a term in the New Hampshire Legislature and served many years as the Farmington town moderator. Active in the community, Nute was a member of the Farmington Public Library Association, the American Legion, and more.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Nute; daughters, Hon. Stephanie T. Nute and Elizabeth Bridges; son, Jonathan; and two grandchildren.


Hon. Arthur O. Gormley

Arthur O. Gormley, Jr., former special justice of the Nashua District Court and an attorney with Gormley & Gormley in Nashua, passed away recently at the age of 77.

Born in 1931 in Englewood, New Jersey, Gormley graduated from Bergenfield High School in 1949. He later attended Rutgers University, graduating in 1953. After college, Gormley joined the US Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict.

Upon his return, Gormley began attending Boston College Law School, receiving his law degree and joining the NH Bar in 1960.

Gormley was active in the community, serving as an Alderman for the city of Nashua and as City Solicitor.

In 1971 he was appointed Special Justice of the Nashua District Court, where he sat on the bench until October 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Armelle Simoneau Gormley; his brother, Dr. David P. Gormley; children Cheryl White, Arthur Gormley, Lawrence Gormley, and Lia Cote; eight grandchildren and several nephews.


Joyce M. Harkaway

Joyce M. Harkaway, an attorney at the Harkaway Law Office in Nashua until 2004, passed away recently at the age of 60.

She was a 1996 graduate of St. Joseph Commercial High School, a 1992 graduate of Rivier College, and a 1996 graduate of the Franklin Pierce Law Center.

After she became a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, she practiced law with her husband at Harkaway Law Office in Nashua until 2004.

She is survived by her husband, Barry; daughter Cynthia; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters and two brothers.


John T. Pappas

John T. Pappas, 87, a former senior assistant attorney at the NH Attorney General’s Office, died recently.

Born in 1921, Pappas was born and raised in Keene. He joined the US Marine Corps during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater, participating in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Upon his return to the United States, Pappas attended and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. He later earned his law degree from the Boston University School of Law.

Very active in the Greek community, Pappas served on the parish council of the old Annunciation Church, and served for 30 years on the parish council of St. Philip’s Greek Orthodox Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sirmo R. Pappas; daughter, Maria; son, Thomas; sister, Lena; brother, Steven; and five grandchildren.

On behalf of our colleagues – Hon. Eugene F. Nute, Arthur O. Gormely, Joyce M. Harkaway and John T. Pappas – the NH Bar Association’s Board of Governors has made a contribution to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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