Bar News - July 20, 2016
In Memoriam: Robert Bickford “Bob” Donovan
Robert “Bob” Bickford Donovan of East Kingston, NH, passed away at home surrounded by his family on June 13, 2016 after a short illness. He was 85.
Born in Cambridge, Mass., Donovan graduated from Braintree High School in 1948 and attended the University of Maine in Orono, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1952. He received his law degree at Harvard Law in 1955, and was admitted to the New Hampshire and Massachusetts bars the same year.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Annette M. (Cahoon) Donovan; and four sons, Robert B. Donovan Jr. of Chicago, Ill., William Donovan of Washington, Vt., Michael Donovan of Moultonboro, NH, and Richard Donovan of Islesboro, Maine, as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Donovan focused his practice on trust administration. From 1955 to 2002, he worked at Perkins and Holland law office in Exeter. The firm would eventually grow to become Holland, Donovan, Beckett, Welch and Hermans. In 2002 he transitioned his practice to Donahue, Tucker and Ciandella in Exeter. He truly found his personal expression and voice through his work and saw it as a service to the community as well as a profession. He served as the town moderator for East Kingston for many years.
Donovan enjoyed basketball, played the trumpet and was a 10th generation resident of the Granite State.
In memory of our colleague, the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors has made a contribution to the NH Bar Foundation.