Bar News - March 16, 2016
In Memoriam: Philip Joseph Ganem
Philip Joseph Ganem, 86, died at his home in Wolfeboro, NH, on Dec. 4, 2015.
A resident of his beloved Wolfeboro since 1958, Ganem was born in Manchester, where he was the sixth of nine children and part of a close-knit community of Arab-Americans in the area at the time. He was a graduate of Central High School in Manchester and spent two years in the US Army where he served as part of the occupying forces in Japan following World War II. After his discharge from the Army, Ganem attended the University of New Hampshire under the GI bill, earning his degree in English in 1952. He then went on to attend Harvard Law School, graduating in 1956.
Ganem then moved to Wolfeboro, where he worked with attorney James Kalled before opening his own practice in 1963. Ganem spent his entire legal career in Carroll County where in addition to maintaining his private practice, he served as clerk of the Carroll County Superior Court and as special justice of the Wolfeboro District Court. He was the quintessential country lawyer in the best sense of the term. His practice dealt with many areas of the law, everything from probate to criminal defense, much of it pro bono.
In 1980, Ganem was asked by then-Governor Hugh Gallen to consider appointment as a Superior Court Justice. He ultimately declined, preferring to continue to practice on the local level to better help people one-on-one. He most enjoyed his work that benefited the people of his community, such as his oversight of the Albert R. Dow Memorial Scholarship. Ganem was honored by the New Hampshire Bar Association for his 50 years of legal service in 2007.
In memory of our colleague, the NH Bar Association Board of Governors has made a contribution to the NH Bar Foundation.