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Bar News - November 13, 2009


In Memoriam: Donald R. Bryant


Donald R. Bryant
Donald R. Bryant, 93, died recently at his home at Langdon Place. Bryant served as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association from 1972-73.

Born in Goreham in 1916, Bryant attended Bowdoin College after high school, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He later attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1940, after which he served as a law clerk for the Massachusetts Supreme Court until 1942.

He joined the US Navy in 1942, serving until 1946 when he retired from the military as a First Lieutenant.

After his return from World War II, Bryant married his wife, Eleanor Gould, and joined the Laflamme & Nourie law firm in Manchester, working there until 1947.

Bryant then joined Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, where he was a senior partner and where he practiced until the age of 90. In 1997, he was recognized by the city of Dover as a "legal legend," with the mayor, Charles Reynolds, dedicating Donald R. Bryant, Esquire, Day on November 7, 1997. He was active in the community, serving as a city solicitor for the city of Dover. He was also appointed to the Governorís Committee on Court System Improvement.

He served as president for the Strafford County Bar Association, Dover Lions Club, Northam Colonists, Bowdoin Club of New Hampshire, Merrymeeting Lake Association, the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New Hampshire, and Dover United Appeal.

Bryant was active in the church as well, serving as moderator, deacon, and church historian for the First Parish Church of Dover.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor; four children, Judy, Dave, Nancy, and Donald; and two granddaughters, Karen and Elizabeth.

On behalf of our colleague, the NHBA Board of Governors has made a donation to the NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

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