Sherman Duesenbury Horton Jr., 83, of Hillsborough and formerly of Nashua, died Dec. 3, 2014, at the Concord VNA Hospice House.
Horton was born in Kansas City, Mo., and graduated from Kemper Military Academy in 1949 and from Dartmouth College in 1953. After college, he joined the US Navy, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant and served on a tanker delivering aviation fuel to Midway Island. After he was honorably discharged in 1955, Sherman attended Harvard Law School on the GI Bill, graduating in 1958.
In 1958, he married and settled in Merrimack and later Nashua, where he joined the law firm of Sullivan and Gregg.
Horton served as a Nashua alderman and as president of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua. He worked with the Nashua YMCA and many statewide YMCA programs.
In 1990, Horton was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court by then-governor Judd Gregg. Having come directly from private law practice, he brought a fresh perspective to the court where he found the role intellectually stimulating and satisfying. Horton retired from the court in 2000.
Horton will be remembered for his classic New England style, great sense of humor, fairness, storytelling, wise counsel and lingering cigar odor.