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Bar News - September 17, 2014

In Memoriam: Charles Farrington Leahy

Charles Farrington Leahy died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was 79.

Leahy was born and raised in Claremont, where he became a star athlete and graduated with honors from Stevens High School in 1953. His father, Albert D. Leahy, was a lawyer and district court judge, and his uncle, John Leahy, was chief justice of the NH Superior Court.

Leahy followed his older brother, Albert D. Leahy Jr., to Yale University, graduating with a degree in English in 1957. He enlisted in the US Army and served in Army Intelligence until 1960.

After that, he again followed in his brother’s footsteps, this time to Harvard Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1963.

Leahy and his older brother both returned to New Hampshire to practice law. Leahy settled in Concord and, in his early career, became legislative counsel to Governor Walter Peterson.

Always interested in education, Leahy served on the Concord School Board and as a trustee of the White Mountain School. He helped found the Concord Trust for the Enhancement of Public Education and was a charter member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, supporting its efforts to improve K-12 civics education in New Hampshire’s public schools. He was also a trustee of NH Public Television and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine Law School, teaching its business planning course.

Leahy was the trustee of a number of charitable trusts and served on many community boards. He was particularly proud of his work co-leading a broad study of the NH Court system. Many of the study’s recommendations were adopted by the NH Supreme Court and the NH General Court.

In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by his five children and their spouses and nine grandchildren. He also leaves his first wife, Barbara Leahy, of Concord; his brother, Albert D. Leahy, and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to the NH Supreme Court Society, PO Box 1341, Concord, NH 03302-1341 in support of civics education.

RELATED: Remembering Chuck Leahy by Peggy Senter, president and founder of Concord Community Music School

In memory of our colleague Charles Farrington Leahy, the NHBA Board of Governors has contributed to the NH Bar Foundation.

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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