Maryland H. “Dutch” Morse Jr. ’42

Mayland H. “Dutch” Morse Jr. ’42 died on September 22, 2011, in Concord, New Hampshire.

He was born on August 18, 1920, in Cambridge, Mass., and prepared for college at Concord High School and The Holderness School. At Bowdoin, he lettered in football, hockey, and tennis, was quarterback of the football team, captain of the hockey team, and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He enjoyed playing tennis and hockey until he was nearly 80. He began studying law at Yale University when he left to serve in the Army Air Corps as a pilot-instructor during World War II. He served to first lieutenant, then completed his law degree at Columbia University in 1948. He practiced law for 40 years at his father’s Concord law firm – Morse, Hall and Morse, which later became Hall, Morse, Anderson, Miller & Spinella. In 1988, he moved to Andover to open a “country law practice,” where he continued working well into his 80s. He served as a judicial special master of the New Hampshire Superior Court for many years, and in 1991 received the N.H. Bar Association’s President’s Award for Distinguished Service. He was a member of the Snowshoe Club, president of Concord Rotary Club, and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, serving as a member of Eureka Lodge in Concord, where he was raised in 1952, and later at Kearsarge Lodge and Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. He was a trustee of Concord Public Library; Concord Hospital; Colby Junior College for Women (now Colby-Sawyer College); and for 22 years at Holderness School, 18 years as chairman. He received the Holderness trustees’ first Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1995. He served as president of Family Services of Concord and the Ragged Mountain Fish & Game Club. He was a past director of the former Lakeport National Bank of Laconia, and was an incorporator and director of the Indian Head National Bank of Concord. He was a past director and corporate secretary of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc., and Beede Electrical Instrument Company, Inc. He served on the vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Concord and as Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. He hiked all the 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and skiing downhill and cross-country. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth Slaker Morse; two sons, Thomas W. and Christopher H. Morse ’81; a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Susan Hodgson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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