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Bar News - October 15, 2010

In Memoriam: Joseph Ransmeier

Joseph Ransmeier
Joseph Ransmeier, a founding partner of Ransmeier & Spellman in Concord, died recently. He was 95.

Born in New Orleans, he was raised in Chicago and spent many summers at Camp Pemigewassett in Wentworth, NH. He graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in 1936. He later received his Ph. D in economics from Columbia University in 1942, during which time he was a fellow at the Brookings Institute.

During World War II, he served for 39 months and left the military at the rank of captain. After the war he taught at Vanderbilt University and joined the Economics Department of Dartmouth College in 1946.

An interest in legal matters brought him to the Michigan Law School, where he began taking summer classes. He later transferred to Harvard Law School and received law degrees from both Harvard Law School and the Michigan Law School.

In 1953, he co-founded Ransmeier & Spellman, and spent more than 50 years practicing public utility law, tax law, and probate and estate planning.

He was active in the community, serving on the School Board of Hopkinton and as a Hopkinton selectman.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, John, Michael, Denis, and Margaret; and ten grandchildren.

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

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