Arthur H. Nighswander ’32

December 5, 2008

Summer 2009

Arthur H. Nighswander ’32 was a prominent attorney in New Hampshire who devoted much of his professional life to protecting civil liberties. He passed away on December 5, 2008, at the age of 100.

Nighswander practiced law in New Hampshire for more than 70 years, specializing in estate and tax law. He was also actively involved in numerous legal efforts aimed at protecting civil liberties, a cause that brought him before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue cases related to freedom of speech and assembly. His dedication to such causes earned him a distinguished service award from the New Hampshire Bar Association, as well as recognition from the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.

Nighswander’s commitment to community service extended to organizations outside the legal arena. He served as president of Lakes Region General Hospital, where a fund in his name, and in that of his late wife, Esther, was established to support health services for those in need. In addition, Nighswander continued to support Columbia Law School throughout his life, eventually endowing the Law School’s Arthur and Esther Nighswander
Scholarship Fund. Esther joined her husband in his philanthropic pursuits until her death in 1997.

Nighswander is survived by his son, Andrew Nighswander ’64; his daughter, Mildred; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.