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Bar News - May 20, 2015

In Memoriam: Clyde Coolidge

Clyde Coolidge of Somersworth died April 7, 2015, at the age of 76.

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in political science, Coolidge interned for US Senator Styles Bridges in Washington DC. He went on to receive his law degree from Boston College Law School before spending three years in the US Air Force, earning the rank of captain.

Coolidge was the first Republican mayor to be elected to the town of Somersworth in 64 years. He served in that capacity for two years. He also served on the campaign of former Governor Walter Peterson and was a delegate to the 1963 and 1972 Republican National Conventions.

For many years, Coolidge practiced law with Robert L. Cullinane at Coolidge & Cullinane before starting his solo practice.

Former Governor Meldrim Thomson appointed Coolidge district court judge for Somersworth and Rollinsford. Coolidge served on the bench until 2003, when he sustained a traumatic brain injury.

In addition to teaching at New Hampshire College and University of New Hampshire, Coolidge served on the board for many local banks and Berwick Academy throughout his career.

Coolidge is survived by his wife, Pat, and children, Cathy, David, Mary Beth and Stephen. A celebration of his life is planned for Sunday, July 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Oaks in Somersworth. The family invites everyone to share stories and memories. Please RSVP to

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