Bar News - September 20, 2017
In Memoriam: Bruce Elliott Reynolds, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Bruce Elliott Reynolds of Rhinelander died Nov. 21, 2016, at age 66.
A native of Marshfield, Wisconsin, Reynolds studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his law degree at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana.
His lifelong career in government service began in New Hampshire, where he was a lawyer for 15 years. As assistant county attorney in Cheshire County, Reynolds was the first lawyer in the country to use the newly passed US hate-crime law to convict a defendant in a case of domestic violence. He was prosecutor for the trial of Gordon McRae, one of the first Catholic priests in New England charged with sexual abuse of young boys; McRae was sentenced to 63 years in prison.
Returning to Wisconsin, Bruce continued government service for Oneida County and two Native American tribes. He was a Mason and past master of Altemont Lodge in Peterborough, NH. He had many passions, was a voracious reader, an advocate for conservation and greatly influenced at an early age by works of Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson. His greatest passion was for skiing. As a PSIA Level 3 instructor, he taught at locations in the Rockies and most recently in Upper Michigan where, despite diagnosis of cancer and surgery for removal of a brain tumor, he instructed adults and children.
Reynold’s life was lived on stage – an actor in his youth, with early roles from Shakespeare in London to Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. In later years, his “stage” was the courtroom where, as prosecutor, he used mastery of language to make his voice heard, convincing juries to convict. His many “platforms” revolved around his compassion for others; using his work, influence and abilities to fight discrimination and improve the lives of others.
Bruce leaves his wife of 30 years, Louise Madeleine Perreault, of Rhinelander, Wisconsin and Manchester, New Hampshire, as well as many other relatives and friends.
In memory of our colleague, the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors has made a contribution to the NH Bar Foundation.