In Memoriam: Christopher M. Weld

March 7, 2017

Sullivan & Worcester mourns the passing of Christopher M. Weld, a retired corporate partner and former managing partner of the firm. Chris passed away on March 5, 2017. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, Chris joined Sullivan & Worcester's Boston office in 1959. He became a partner in 1966 and the managing partner in 1978. 

Chris' interest in fishing and conservation led him to co-found the National Coalition for Marine Conservation, now Wild Oceans, dedicated to the conservation of ocean fishes and the marine environment. He also founded the Marine Recreational Symposium, an annual conference of scientists, graduate students, fishermen, government employees and conservationists, serving on its Steering Committee from its inception.

Starting with the Nixon Administration, Chris received Presidential appointments to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Commerce, the New England Fisheries Management Council, the National Sea Grant Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State on the Law of the Seas, and the Advisory Committee to the U.S. delegation to the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna. He also served on the Massachusetts Fisheries Advisory Commission, the New York Bight Marine Ecosystems Analysis Project and the American League of Anglers and on the Board of Directors of the International Atlantic Salmon Foundation, the Center for Marine Conservation, the Coast Alliance, the Quebec-Labrador Foundation and most recently the Marine Biological Laboratory. Big game fishing took him to many parts of the world in pursuit of marlin, tuna, swordfish and tarpon. He fished extensively in Florida, the Bahamas, the Sea of Cortez, the Indian Ocean, Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Georges Bank.

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