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Bar News - February 18, 2011

In Memoriam: Hon. Robert H. Temple

Judge Robert H. Temple died at his home recently, surrounded by family.

Temple joined the Bar Association in 1953 and became an honorary 50-year member in 2003. A very active member of the NH Bar, Judge Temple was an essential member of the drafting committee responsible for creating the Criminal Jury Instructions. He was also a Life Fellow of the NH Bar Foundation.

Judge Temple graduated from Nashua High School, Boston University and the Boston University School of Law. He worked for more than 20 years at Fisher, Parsons, Moran and Temple in Dover.

In 1979, Temple was appointed to the superior court, and served as a justice until his retirement in 1995. Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis worked closely with Judge Temple early in her judicial career and gave the eulogy at his funeral.

"He was a skilled lawyer and judge, and a man blessed with a deep sense of compassion and kindness. He had a clear knowledge of the law and how it should be applied," she said. "He was a fabulous trial judge who never put a foot wrong. Ask a lawyer what they remember about Judge Temple, and it would be the respect he showed for all who came before him in his courtroom."

Judge Temple was a 32-degree Scottish Rite Mason and was a respected member of the community in Dover. He was an avid golfer and belonged to Sunningdale and Cocheco Country Clubs.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katherine; sons, Robert, Charles, and Matthew; six grandchildren, April, Matthew, Shayne, Ashley, Rylee, and Brier; and a great grandson, Chase.

In honor of our colleague, Hon. Robert H. Temple, the NH Bar Association Board of Governors has made a donation to the NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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