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Bar News - November 13, 2009


In Memoriam: Dr. Robert H. Rines


Dr. Robert H. Rines
Dr. Robert H. Rines, founder of Franklin Pierce Law Center, died recently at the age of 87.

A true Renaissance Man, Rines was known as a pioneer of US patent law and education for more than 50 years. Rines was a talented attorney and educator; he held more than 80 patents, won an Emmy Award, and even embarked on numerous searches for the Loch Ness Monster.

"Bob Rines was a true visionary in a field of endeavor, law, in which visionaries are in short supply. Lawyers tend to look back for guidance to things like precedent and legislative history," said Franklin Pierce Law Center Dean John Hutson. "Bob always looked ahead. He steered by the stars, not by the wake...Thousands of lawyers and their inventor clients owe him a great debt of gratitude."

Rines earned a phsyics degree from MIT in 1942 before joining the US Army Signal Corps during World War II as a radar officer, where he invented the modulations technique essential in building the Army’s then top-secret Microwave Early Warning System.

After his return, Rines worked at the US Patent Office as an examiner while he earned his law degree from Georgetown University. In 1972 he earned his PhD from Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

You can read a full biography of Dr. Rines at the Franklin Pierce Law Center website.

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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