Bar News - February 17, 2016
In Memoriam: Martin L. Gross
Martin L. Gross, a longtime partner at the Sulloway & Hollis firm and a well-known Concord area civic leader, died Jan. 26, 2016, in Ushuaia, Argentina, following a stroke suffered en route to Antarctica. He was 77 years old.
Gross attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, graduating with a law degree in 1964. After a clerkship in the federal court, he joined the Concord law firm of Sulloway & Hollis, from which he retired (while maintaining senior counsel status) in 2015 after more than 50 years of distinguished service. His obituary reported that he viewed the practice of law as an adventure. “His in-house writing boot camps were legendary, and his wit and charm were ever present at the office and in the courtroom.”
Gross served three terms as the mayor of Concord. Six years after the loss of his first wife, Caroline Lord Gross, who was active in politics and served in the NH Legislature, Gross met his second wife, Deirdre Sheerr-Gross, a New London architect.
Honored in 2014 during his 50th year practicing law, Gross related that one of his proudest professional moments was representing the NH Supreme Court in a case at the US Supreme Court.
Gross chaired a special committee on NH Rules of Civil Procedure and served on the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners for 28 years, including as chair from 1974 to 1996. Frederick Coolbroth, who succeeded Gross as chair of that board, said Gross was a mentor to many in the legal profession, and was a keen intellect.
Gross also held many nonprofit board seats and other volunteer positions in his community.
His family suggested that to honor Gross’s extraordinary community service, donations can be made to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (on whose board he served for many years), the Capitol Center for the Arts, New Hampshire Public Radio, or to a charity of one’s choice.
A memorial celebration will be announced later.