Brad Gorham March 7, 1935 to October 19, 2015
Member of the RI Bar 1964-2015.
A resident of Foster, Rhode Island, where he lived for most of his life and where he and his wife raised their five children. He was a graduate of Hope High School in Providence, Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. Between college and law school he served as a platoon leader and company commander in the U.S. Marine Corps. He continued in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves for a number of years and was honorably discharged as a Captain. He practiced law in Rhode Island since 1964. His practice covered every aspect of civil and criminal law and he practiced before all State Courts and agencies and before the Federal Courts in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. He has served a number of Rhode Island communities as Judge of Probate. In addition to his public duties, he has been a member of many civic and fraternal organizations.
Brad served as State Representative between 1968-70 and 1976-90 and as a State Senator from 1992-96, representing constituents from almost every town in western Rhode Island. He served as the House Minority Leader from 1984-1990. He ran for Lt. Governor in 1970 and Attorney General in 1990 as a Republican. He was a lawyer, farmer and author. His book, John and Elizabeth Howland, Pilgrims on the Kennebec, was published in 2015. Like Howland, his ancestor, Brad loved digging quahogs in the salt ponds of Southern New England and growing White Flint Cap Corn on his farm. We will miss Brad and his wonderful zest for life and the practice of law.