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Bar News - May 14, 2010


50-year Members Reflect on Life in the Law

Every year at the NHBA Annual Meeting in June, the Bar Association honors Bar members who have passed their 50th year since admission to the Bar, either in New Hampshire or elsewhere.

This year’s meeting takes place June 25-27 at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH and the 50-year members will be honored on Friday evening at the Honors and Awards Banquet.

The following is a list of those members being recognized this year. These honorary members will have their dues waived hereafter.

Anne M. Howorth
Arthur P. Rogers
Hon. Charles V. Spanos
E. Paul Kelly
Francis X. Quinlan
John S. Holland
Nathaniel K. Brown
Peter G. Hastings
Raymond R. Ouellette
Robert D. Calamari
Hon. Robert Taft
Urville J. Beaumont
Sen. Warren B. Rudman

Bar News sent questionnaires to all of these members, asking them to tell us something about their lives and their practice of law over the past 50 years. Not everyone replied, but in this issue and in June, we would like to publish the replies of those who did.


Robert Calamari

Please tell us how you feel about reaching this milestone.

I am honored delighted and amazed to have reached this milestone.

Where were you born, raised and educated?
I was born in NYC and lived there until I moved to NH in 1960. Received Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Fordham College in 1954 and JD from Fordham U. School of Law in 1959. Met my future wife in law school. She was a NH native and we moved to NH after I passed the NH Bar.

Are you a veteran? If so, where did you serve? Are there any comments you would like to make about your time in the military?
After college, I served in the US Army Signal Corps, stationed in Germany for 2 years, entered law school after discharge. Time in the military was a learning experience.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
I come from a family of lawyers. Many of the relatives I looked up to and admired as I grew up were attorneys. Several were law professors, including Prof. John Calamari, who wrote several hornbooks on the law of contracts and mortgages. Many relatives practiced on Wall St. I believe I’m the only lawyer in my family who practiced outside of NYC.

Please tell us about significant career positions (before and/or after law school), such as: place of employment (law firm, city); in what areas of the law do/did you practice?
I was always in private practice, except for 2 years (64-66) when I served as county atty. in Coos County. I opened my own office in Lancaster and eventually my wife joined me. I was counsel to North Country Bank and focused on banking and real estate law. In 1993 our firm merged with Nighswander, Lord & Martin and we remained of counsel to that firm until the day we retired in 1998.

What achievements are you most proud of professionally? Are there any cases or moments in your career that were particularly memorable for you?
50 years of practice covers a lot of territory. I was gratified to be able to assist several NH banks through the difficult econ. times of the late 80s. I am also proud of the many hours of pro bono work that I have performed over the years.

One of my most unforgettable cases involved defending a client who was being sued in NH by an out-of-state appellate judge who had a summer home in NH. He brought the action to prevent my client from purchasing land abutting his. The case was based on thinly-veiled anti-Semitism. It went to the NH SC and I was proud of the judiciary when my client was finally able to buy that lot and build his home in this state.

Who are/were your role models in the field of law or elsewhere?
Growing up I was inspired by the altruistic philosophy and dedication of the legal scholars and practicing attys. in my own family. I am Jesuit trained and proud of the philosophy embodied in the education I received at Fordham U. School of Law. When I came to NH, I was immediately impressed by the erudition of SCCJ Frank Kenison. I am also an admirer of Atty. Willard "Bud" Martin, who never deviates from the high road no matter what off-ramps others may choose.

Please highlight the community activities of the greatest significance to you:
While practicing in Lancaster, I served as Town Moderator on numerous town boards and commissions. Also served on the board of trustees of Weeks Memorial Hospital for many years. It seems to me that attys. have a duty to give back to their communities.

Please tell us about your family (marriage(s), children, etc.).
My wife Rita and I were married in 1960, practiced law together for many years and both retired in 1998, having relocated from Lancaster to Durham. We enjoy the proximity of the UNH campus, the Atlantic Ocean and Boston, where our son Bob and his wife Brenda and our granddaughter Marissa reside. Our son is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

What are you doing now? Are you still working as an attorney—or perhaps in some other field? If you are retired, please tell us about your retirement activities.
I am now completely and happily retired. My time is spent traveling with my wife, exercising, reading, socializing with friends, attending sporting events at UNH and defending the NY Yankees from the unwarranted onslaught of Red Sox Nation.


Peter G. Hastings

Please tell us how you feel about reaching this milestone.
Fortunate.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
Once I realized farming required one to rise at 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. daily, law became my choice.

Please tell us about significant career positions (before and/or after law school), such as: place of employment (law firm, city); in what areas of the law do/did you practice?
My entire career has been as a lawyer, first with father and brother at Hastings & Son; next at the same firm, then changed to Hastings Law Office, with brother and nephew. The firm has now grown to six attorneys.

What achievements are you most proud of professionally? Are there any cases or moments in your career that were particularly memorable for you?
The many small towns and districts which I have represented in Maine and New Hampshire all of which I relinquished to a partner on attaining my age of 65. Now I mostly manage trusts including one rather large one, advise and perform corporate and commercial business operations, and handle real estate and estate matters.

Who are/were your role models in the field of law or elsewhere?
Father with whom I practiced law six years and brother with whom I practiced law 50 years. Each in their own manner exemplified the highest qualities of a country practitioner.

Please highlight the community activities that have been of the greatest significance to you:
The many involvements in my town on communities, longtime member and two years chairman of school board of our district of seven towns, moderator of town meeting, Maine legislative experiences over four years, and the many personalities I have met and worked with in various town affairs.

The individuals who basically donate their time in furthering the welfare and harmony of our citizens in many community matters have given me tremendous satisfaction and insight which has benefited me in my legal career. I have been fortunate to be a member of quite small bar association group in Oxford and Carroll County where trust and one’s word has been sacredly honored.


Charles V. Spanos

Please tell us how you feel about reaching this milestone.
OLD!

Where were you born, raised and educated?
Newport, NH
Towle High
UNH
Boston U. Law School

Are you a veteran? If so, where did you serve? Are there any comments you would like to make about your time in the military?
Yes—served in the US and Germany.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
My brother Harry influenced me.

Please tell us about significant career positions (before and/or after law school), such as: place of employment (law firm, city); in what areas of the law do/did you practice?
Law offices of Spanos & Spanos, Claremont and Newport, NH
Sullivan county Attorney
National District Attorneys
UNH Trustee
General practice: criminal, civil, marital, probate

What achievements are you most proud of professionally? Are there any cases or moments in your career that were particularly memorable for you?
Too many to list, but one stands out—seven years on UNH Board of trustees

Who are/were your role models in the field of law or elsewhere?
Professor William U. Spanos
Harry V. Spanos
David Nixon

Please highlight the community activities of the greatest significance to you:
ABC program.

Please tell us about your family (marriage(s), children, etc.).
Married to Joy Ashley
Children: Kassandra (lawyer), Theo (International law), Alexis (teacher—private school)

What are you doing now? Are you still working as an attorney—or perhaps in some other field? If you are retired, please tell us about your retirement activities.
Retired in 1999. I spend half of year in Dover, the other half on Cuttyhunk Island, MA. Fishing, boating, gardening. All in all, it’s great. Only bad feature about retirement is that you have to get old to afford it—or be born into a rich Republican family.


Nathaniel K. Brown

Please tell us how you feel about reaching this milestone.
Busier than ever – would like another 50.

Where were you born, raised and educated?
Born: Concord, MA
Raised: Bedford, MA
BA University of Massachusetts
LLM Boston University Law

Are you a veteran? If so, where did you serve? Are there any comments you would like to make about your time in the military?
Yes. USAF 1955-1958
Pilot, Administrative Officer
Rank: Captain

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
Family history of attorneys.
Father was an attorney in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and a Judge in New Hampshire.
Brother was an attorney in Massachusetts.

Please tell us about significant career positions (before and/or after law school), such as: place of employment (law firm, city); in what areas of the law do/did you practice?
Law Firm: Brown & Brown, P.C.
I practice estate planning, trusts, business law.

What achievements are you most proud of professionally? Are there any cases or moments in your career that were particularly memorable for you?

Chamber of Commerce, Business of the Year.

Who are/were your role models in the field of law or elsewhere?
Father, John F. Brown

Please highlight the community activities that have been of the greatest significance to you:
Town Committees
Rotary Club, Bedford
Historical Society
Chamber of Commerce

Please tell us about your family (marriage(s), children, etc.).
Wife, Judith R. Brown born in Waco, Texas and went to Baylor University.
Daughter, Pamela J. Brown, Attorney with two children and a partner at Brown & Brown, P.C. with myself; BA Middlebury College, Masters from University of Massachusetts.
Son, Nathaniel K. Brown, Jr. went to Baylor University and has three children.
Kenneth E. Brown went to Middlesex Community College and has two children.
Both Ken and Nat Jr. own New England Nurseries, a garden center in Bedford, MA.

Do you special plans for your retirement?
No plans to retire.


Arthur Rogers

Please tell us how you feel about reaching this milestone.
Since I’m still practicing, I feel like 50 is just a number, although an important one.

Where were you born, raised and educated?
Lowell, MA Keith Academy, Lowell.
Merrimack College, No. Andover, MA. BS in Accounting.
Suffolk U. Law school, Boston; 1960, JD.

Are you a veteran? If so, where did you serve? Are there any comments you would like to make about your time in the military?
In the army—state side.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
I received a scholarship to law school, so the decision was made for me. Besides, I’d have been a terrible accountant.

Please tell us about significant career positions (before and/or after law school), such as: place of employment (law firm, city); in what areas of the law do/did you practice?
NLRB: 1962-64. Vice-president, employment and industrial relations, Combustion engineering, Inc. Partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in DC. Retired in 2002.
General litigation, specialized in employment litigation.
2003-present: Pro bono counsel, DC employment justice center.

What achievements are you most proud of professionally? Are there any cases or moments in your career that were particularly memorable for you?
Won a copyright case, though I could barely spell copywright.
Representing and winning cases on behalf of poor workers has given me the most satisfaction, if not financial rewards in private practice.
Pro bono representation of indigent workers

Please tell us about your family (marriage(s), children, etc.).
Wife Nancy, sons Patrick, Tim, Matt and John.
Daughters, Julie (deceased), Andrea, Kathleen and granddaughter Stella.

What are you doing now? Are you still working as an attorney—or perhaps in some other field? If you are retired, please tell us about your retirement activities.
I don’t plan to retire—will keep on working as long as I am helping people who need representation, but can’t afford it.


Francis X. Quinlan

Francis X. Quinlan


Please tell us how you feel about reaching this milestone.
Grateful.

Where were you born, raised and educated?
Reading, MA
Harvard College 1950
BC Law 1959

Are you a veteran? If so, where did you serve? Are there any comments you would like to make about your time in the military?
Yes.
June 1950 - May 1953
USN Ensign & Ltjg
Mediterranean 6th Fleet, Norfolk, VA

In what areas of the law do/did you practice?
General practice.

Please tell us about your family (marriage(s), children, etc.).
Wife: Virginia married in 1951
Three sons: Timothy C. born 1952
                  Mark born 1953
                  Henry born 1962

Do you special plans for your retirement?
Still practicing.

Comments
I look forward to attending the Annual Meeting.

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