In Memoriam: Robert K. Lamere

April 2, 2020

Former Sullivan partner, Robert K. Lamere, passed away on March 26, 2020. Bob was 94 years old. He practiced at the firm from 1958 until his retirement in 1991. He retired for the second and last time in 2004 after serving as senior counsel for the Central Artery Tunnel Project.

In 1942 when he was 16 years old, Bob entered Harvard College, but in his last semester he left to join the Navy and attend Officers Training School. He was commissioned an ensign at 19 and served as the ships signal officer on the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea CV-47 in the Pacific Theatre. Harvard awarded him his B.A. degree while he was still on active duty.

After the war he earned a law degree from Columbia in 1949 and returned to his home town of Milton to practice law in Boston for more than 50 years. He remained in the Naval Reserve, became president of the Reserve Officers Lawyers Association, and retired as a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

Bob was an enthusiastic participant in many aspects of local government and civic life in Milton, serving as Town Moderator from 1960 to 1982. He was president of the Milton Town Club and was a member of the Hoosic-Whissic Club.

As an adolescent he was the Milton High School and Milton Academy sports reporter for the Quincy Patriot Ledger (a position he later parlayed into a college job with the Boston Globe as Harvard "correspondent").

After moving to Duxbury, he was a founder and commanding officer of The Duxbury EX NAVOS, the Ward Room Club, and a member of the Duxbury Yacht Club and the Romeo Club. He was a member of the Harvard Faculty Club and a former member of the Harvard Club of Boston.

Bob was an enthusiastic concert and museum goer, a world traveler with his wife Ruth, and in younger days a skier and a golfer. He was at all times and in every season a deeply devoted follower of Boston sports.

The family will have a small memorial celebration for him in Duxbury sometime in the summer. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Plimoth Plantation, a place to which he was devoted and where he spent many happy hours with Ruth. The address is Box 1620, Plymouth, MA 02360.

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