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Bar News - June 15, 2012

In Memoriam: Edgar Maxwell Miner

Edgar Maxwell Miner of Concord died May 24, 2012, at the age of 85.

A former FBI agent, Miner moved to NH in the 1980s and was admitted to the NH Bar in 1989. He worked an investigator for the Attorney Generalís Office until his retirement in 1996. Shortly after, he began volunteering for the Pro Bono Referral Program, where, in retirement, he became one of its most dedicated volunteers.

Having graduated from Washburn Law School and serving in the Army, Miner became a lawyer in 1951 and practiced law first in Hays, Kansas. He was active in politics and aided in an early political campaign of his law school classmate, the future US Senator Bob Dole. Miner worked for 20 years as an FBI agent in Boston and Hawaii. He finished his career teaching law and communications at the FBI Academy in Virginia, before moving to NH.

Miner was an extraordinary Pro Bono volunteer who gave over a decade of service in helping others through difficult times. He provided calm and reasoned advice to over 170 clients in the interim period between their initial contact with legal services in New Hampshire and their ultimate placement with a volunteer attorney. He heard each clientís concerns and needs with compassion.

In 2001, Attorney Miner was presented with Pro Bonoís Merrimack County Award for Distinguished Pro Bono Service, and in 2002, he was honored for 50 years of service as an attorney.

Ed will be remembered by the staff of the Pro Bono Program for his willingness to take a case, to make a call to a client, for never saying no to a request to help, and for his wonderful chats over tea in-between his client work or Bar Association business. Ed was a true friend of the Pro Bono Program who taught us all about living retirement in service to others and we are all the very grateful beneficiaries of his generous gift of his time.

Miner also was active in the Concord Rotary Club, and as a volunteer mentor for entrepreneurs through SCORE.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Shea Miner and children, David Miner and Diane Miner Goolsby as well as his grandchildren, Rachel and Eric Miner, Brittany Rains and Dillon Goolsby.

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