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The Passing of Dick Wise, former Of Counsel at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

May 2, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Richard “Dick” Wise of Dover, MA on April 28, 2018. He was 91.

Dick was born in New York City, and had lived in Dover for the past 42 years. He graduated from Brown University and Boston University Law School. During WW II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After leaving the service, Dick was patent counsel for United Shoe Machine Co., and then served as patent and trademark counsel for Gillette Co. before becoming of counsel to Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds of Lexington until his retirement at age 75.   Among the many key patents that Dick obtained during his illustrious career, he prosecuted the patent that covered the flip top can.

John DuPré, President and Principal at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, also shared his memories about Dick.  “Dick was a mentor for virtually all of the young attorneys who joined our firm for nearly twenty years.   He was generous with his time and his advice and would help anyone in any way that was needed.  Not only was Dick one of the best mechanical arts prosecutors in the Boston area, he was a pleasure to work with on contested matters, including litigation involving patents he obtained for his valued clients.”

Beloved husband for 42 years of Geraldine (Callahan) Wise and father of the late Andrew Douglas Wise. Dear "Papa" of Andrea DeLucia and father in law of Rosalie DeLucia of Medford. He was the brother of the late Barbara Ryan and is survived by his brother in law William Ryan of St. Helena CA and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. Dick was also a life member of Norfolk Lodge AF & AM in Needham.

His funeral service will be held on Fri May 11 at 10 AM in St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 18 Springdale Rd Dover followed by interment with Military Honors in Highland Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be in the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave Needham on Thurs 4-7 PM.

In lieu of flowers donation's may be made to the Andrew Douglas Wise Memorial Fund c/o Records & Gifts Processing, Memorial Hall, UMass Amherst, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003.   Please list on memo Andrew Douglas Wise Memorial Fund.  Or donate online at