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Judge George H. Palmer

Lyme, N.H. — George H. Palmer, a former Ohio Court of Appeals judge and a W.W. II veteran, died at home in Lyme, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. He was 90.

George had a distinguished legal career, serving the court system of Ohio from 1973 to 1985, first as Hamilton County court judge and then as a judge of the Court of Appeals for the First Appellate District of Ohio. He began practicing law at the Cincinnati firm Strauss & Troy, where he was a partner.

A native of Middletown, Ohio, he attended Middletown High School and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While in college, he served in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater during W.W. II; later he served as a reserve officer during the Korean War. He received his J.D. in 1949 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a member of The Order of Coif.

Among his many offices and honors, he served as Acting Executive Director of the Cincinnati Bar Association in 1995 and was a member of the American Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association. He served as senior warden of Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati; a service role member of the Cincinnatus Association; and is a past director and president of the Mercantile Library Association. He was also a member of The Literary Club and a director of the board of governors of the University Club of Cincinnati. In 1985 the UC College of Law honored him with its distinguished alumni award; he also was the recipient of the law college’s Sesquicentennial Award. He was Master of the Bench of the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court, which he helped to found.

George, following several years as a widower, married Jane Tucker Moore of Cincinnati in December 1992 and four years later moved to a 1789 farmhouse in Lyme. He enjoyed fishing in the pond behind his house and had a particular fondness for the otters who sometimes visited. He cultivated vegetable gardens and enjoyed the routines of a lively village community, embracing the Upper Valley’s beauty and stimulating offerings. His main activities outside of his home, garden and dogs involved the Town of Lyme Budget Committee and the Lyme Congregational Church. Perhaps his greatest passion was his endless pursuit of knowledge. He was a great reader, and days before he died he was rereading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and a new biography on Teddy Roosevelt, as well as listening to essays and poems on dogs by E.B. White. His family will remember him for his erudition – he was a walking library, they liked to say – but above all for his character: He was kind, compassionate and jovial, and his wife, stepchildren and grandchildren loved him dearly.

George was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Helen Palmer, and daughter, Deborah Palmer Schober. Survivors in addition to his wife, Jane include his grandson, Peter Schober (Sabrina Doolittle) of Purchase, N.Y.; son-in-law, George Palmer Schober of Cincinnati; stepchildren, Pamela Moore (Charles Rose) of Belmont, Mass.; Douglas Moore (Therese) of Minneapolis; Nicholas Moore (Iru Wang) of Millburn, N.J.; and eight step-grandchildren: Michael, Emma, Emily, Anneliese, Lucy, Laura, George and Leo.

No services are planned. Interment will be private in Cincinnati. Memorials may be made to the Lyme Foundation, the Lyme Town Library and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.