Henry H. Thayer Scholarship Fund

Henry H. Thayer
Partner, Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, Boston

Widely respected dean of the real estate titles bar who, for 50 years, has influenced the field of real estate law and those who practice it.

[December 15, 2015] A committee of close friends and colleagues have joined together to establish a named scholarship fund to honor Henry H. Thayer whose dedication to his clients, leadership in the real estate bar, and career-long commitment to the education and training of others exemplify the best of our profession’s rich legal heritage. Each year, scholarships from this fund will benefit lawyers who serve the public interest, including practitioners who accept pro bono cases, legal aid staff attorneys, and other deserving lawyers who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend MCLE programs. MCLE is grateful to the committee which is helping to launch this scholarship fund in Henry’s name: Daniel J. Bailey III; Edward M. Bloom, Leslie J. Cook, Daniel J. Ossoff, and Peter Wittenborg.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Henry began his service in the U.S. Army Reserve as a private in 1955 and retired with the rank of Colonel in 1988. He spent his entire legal career at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, from 1964 until his retirement last year. No issue was too big or too small for him, as he advised clients with respect to real estate titles as extensive as a city block or a 3600 acre tract or as local as the disputed use of a driveway.

An active MCLE volunteer throughout his career, he was the driving force behind updating and bringing back into use the seminal book on Massachusetts title and conveyancing practice Crocker’s Notes on Common Forms and contributed his special expertise on railroad titles to MCLE’s Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts. Henry is widely recognized as the “Dean of Titles” and has contributed immeasurably to the field of real estate law and to the training and professional development of the bar. President of the Massachusetts Conveyancers Association in 1988 (predecessor to the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts), from which he received that organization’s highest honor, the Richard B. Johnson Award, in 1995, and a past president of the Abstract Club, Henry has been instrumental in leading and shaping the Massachusetts community of real estate lawyers.

Those who have the privilege of knowing him understand the tremendous influence that he has had—and continues to have—on those who practice real estate law in Massachusetts. Much of his career has been devoted to achieving excellence and serving others through teaching and mentoring generations of lawyers as well as representing many clients pro bono through his involvement with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. For his extensive work on pro bono matters, Henry received the BBA’s Pro Bono Award in 1991. It is our hope that endowing scholarships annually for public service lawyers to attend MCLE training programs is a fitting way to honor Henry’s personal commitment to the profession and the education of the bar.

Please consider commemorating Henry’s contribution to the profession and honoring him by making a gift to the Henry H. Thayer Scholarship Fund. Your tax-deductible donation may be made in full or pledged in installments over a period of up to five years by clicking on the link below or printing out and completing a pledge form and returning it to MCLE, c/o Sal Ricciardone, Esq., Director of Philanthropy & Special Projects, 10 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108 or sricciardone@mcle.org.

Thank you for considering a gift to help us honor Henry in this lasting and meaningful way.

The Abstract Club
Jacquelyn Waters Adams
Benjamin O. Adeyinka
Katherine Alitz
Joshua M. Alper
Deanna Atwood, CFE
Lauren D. Armstrong
Daniel J. Bailey III
Julie P. Barry
Bethany A. Bartlett
Kendra L. Berardi
George A. Berman
Kimberly A. Bielan
Erica P. Bigelow
Edward M. Bloom
Nancy I. Blueweiss
Barry Bluestone
Steven J. Bolotin
David J. Buczkowski
Rick Burke
Gary F. Casaly
Eric A. Cataldo
Andrew H. Cohn
Leslie J. Cook
Kevin T. Creedon
James M. Czapiga
Jutta R. Deeney
David L. Delaney
Lisa J. Delaney
Anthony E. DeSantis
Paula M. Devereaux
Noel M. Di Carlo
Laura W. Dorfman
Tucker Dulong
Beth Marie Elliott
Melissa Ellis
Saul J. Feldman
Adam D. Fine
John D. Finnegan
Edward T. Forristall
Albert & Bente Fortier
Hon. Robert B. Foster
Mary B. Freeley
Peter Friedenberg
Robert J. Galvin
Kathleen M. Genova
Benjamin Giumarra
Michael J. Goldberg
Ward P. Graham
Jordana Roubicek Greenman
Christopher J. Gulotta
Eugene Gurvits
Marc Hall
John R. Harrington
Brian M. Hurley
Kurt A. James
Mark A. Jones
Matthew C. Kalin
Lawrence E. Kaplan
Kevin O. Kehoe
Michael P. Kelly
Richard Keshian
Jonathan S. Klavens
Kenneth A. Krems
Giles L. Krill
Paul D. Lambert
Philip S. Lapatin
Chiara Urbani LaPlume
Susan B. LaRose
J. David Leslie
Kosta Ligris
Danielle A. Long
Martin Loria
Barbara J. Macy
Mary T. Marshall
Clive D. Martin
Robert A. McCall
Michael F. McDonagh
Gregor I. McGregor
Hon. David A. Mills
Toni Mitchell
Thomas O. Moriarty
Robert J. Moriarty, Jr.
Maureen Mulligan
Kevin F. Murphy
Susan J. Nicastro & John E. Twohig
Francis J. Nolan
Richard S. Novak
Kathleen M. O’Donnell
Gordon M. Orloff
Daniel J. Ossoff
Deborah J. Patterson
Donald R. Pinto, Jr.
Hon. Gordon H. Piper
Malcolm G. Pittman
Christopher L. Plunkett
Nicole Clawson Pratt
Terrence D. Pricher
Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
Rainen Law Office
Carrie B. Rainen
Joseph P. Ransom
Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
Joel M. Reck
Reynolds, Rappaport, Kaplan & Hackney, LLC
Mernaysa Rivera-Bujosa
Diane R. Rubin
Joseph S. Sano
Hon. Karyn F. Scheier
Richard M. Serkey
Nicholas P. Shapiro
Yvonne H. Silva
Edward J. Smith
Eric A. Smith
F. Sydney Smithers IV
Lauran A. Solar
Charles W. Soucy
Joel A. Stein
Patrick F. Stone
Sara Ann K. Supple
Diane E. Thompson
Douglas A. Troyer
Justin Tucker
Mark Van Divner, CISO
J. Patrick Walsh
Emil Ward
George J. Warshaw
Paul E. White
Peter Wittenborg
Elizabeth J. Young

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