Bar News - November 18, 2011
In Memoriam: Brothers Perkins, Robert P. Bass, Jr.
Within eight days, New Hampshire saw the passing of two major figures of the state’s legal and po-litical worlds, former Congressman Perkins Bass and his brother, Robert P. Bass, Jr.
Former Congressman Perkins Bass of Peterborough passed away at the age of 99 on Oct. 25, 2011.
Son of former Governor Robert P. Bass and father of current Congressman Charlie Bass, Perkins graduated from Dartmouth College in 1934 and Harvard Law School in 1937. He served in the US Air Force as a major in air combat intelligence of the Flying Tigers and was decorated with the US Bronze Star and the "Yun Ma" medal from the nationalist Government of China.
He co-founded one of New Hampshire’s largest law firms, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green in Manchester. He held numerous political seats, including town selectman, State Representative, State Senate President. He represented NH’s 2nd District in Congress from 1954 to 1963.
Perkins is survived by his wife, Rosaly Swann Bass and five children: Alexander, Katharine Cloud, William, Charles, and Posie; and two stepsons, George and Matthew; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
On Nov. 2, Robert P. Bass, Jr., age 88, of Concord, Perkins Bass’s younger brother, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a long bout with multiple myeloma.
Robert P. Bass, Jr. in 1959 co-founded Cleveland, Waters and Bass law firm in Concord, with James C. Cleveland and Warren Waters. He remained as a partner and then of counsel until retirement in 2003.
A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Bass served in the US Army during World War II as an officer in a variety of intelligence and other roles.
An energetic leader in many charitable and civic organizations, Robert P. Bass, Jr., served on boards and committees, many times as chair or in other executive capacities, for the NH Charitable Foundation, NH Public Television, the NH Community Loan Fund, The Currier Gallery of Art, Franklin Pierce College, the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University, the NH Commis-sion for the Arts, the NH Civil Liberties Union Foundation, the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, and the Island Institute of Rockland, Maine. He served as chair of the NH Council on World Affairs and of the NH Republican State Committee. He also served as a Delegate to the Republican National Committee.
He was an avid sailor and twice crossed the Atlantic on his beloved 41’ yawl, MADRIGAL.
Rob was the beloved husband of Sara M. Bass, loving father of Tim and Kate. He is survived by five grandchildren, two stepdaughters, and four step grandchildren.
On behalf of our colleagues, Robert P. Bass, Jr. and Perkins Bass, the NH Bar Association Board of Governors has made a donation to the NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.