Bruce L. Montgomery, born in Houston, Texas in 1935 died peacefully on March 26, 2023 at the age of 87 in Peterborough, N.H. surrounded by his loving family. A graduate of Rice University (Phi Beta Kappa) and Yale Law School, he joined the antitrust department of Arnold, Fortas & Porter in 1962 after two years as a trial attorney under Robert A. Birk at the U.S. Department of Justice. As head of the pro bono division at Arnold & Porter, he represented the Indians of All Tribes who occupied Alcatraz during the Nixon Administration. He worked on both criminal antitrust cases and their related civil matters, including the litigation for Roche which ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court as Empagran S.A. v. F. Hoffman La-Roche Ltd. He took pleasure in mentoring new partners at the firm and led with integrity.
He cared deeply about social justice and the environment and continued his pro bono work after his retirement in 2005. He and his wife Nan of 62 years were active in supporting their community in East Alstead, New Hampshire through land stewardship and conservation efforts.
A dedicated, steadfast and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he lived his life with a sense of adventure, endless curiosity, generosity and warmth. He leaves behind his devoted wife Nancy W. Montgomery, daughter Molly Montgomery (Mark), daughter Bethany Montgomery (Pete), and son Stephen Montgomery (Elizabeth); grandchildren Chloe (Craig), Clara (Johan), Sam, Sophie, Graham and Owen, and one great grandchild, Henry. He is also survived by his sister Laura Wilder and niece Elizabeth and nephew Stephen.
Donations may be made in his memory to The Mill Hollow Heritage Association https://www.millhollowheritageassociation.org; The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests https://forestsociety.org; and The Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org or the charity of your choosing.
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