Richard J. McCarthy ’51

Richard J. McCarthy ’51 died November 20, 2013, in Salem, Mass. He was born in Melrose, Mass., on October 12, 1923, and prepared for college at Malden (Mass.) High School and Dean Academy. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed for three years in Hawaii. Following his discharge as a sergeant, he did a prep year at Dean before entering Bowdoin, where he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. He went on to graduate from Cornell University Law School in 1954. He began his legal career as a staff attorney at Boston Legal Aid, then moved into private practice as an associate attorney at Goldberg and Glaser, then at the firm of Belden G. Bly Jr. He worked as a trial attorney at Donahue, Doherty & Dolan of Lynn before being appointed special assistant state attorney general in 1973. In 1975, he was appointed special district attorney of Essex County, Mass. He then became a senior trial lawyer for the Hartford Insurance Company in Boston. In addition, he taught constitutional law at the Portia Law School (now called the New England School of Law). He was elected to the Salem School Committee and also served as a commissioner on the Swampscott Board of Library Trustees. He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Mary M. Lento McCarthy; sons David M.  and Robert L. McCarthy; daughter Sarah E. McCarthy ’85; and two grandchildren.

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