RICHARD NELSON SOLMAN

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

CARIBOU – Richard Nelson Solman, 74, a prominent attorney and resident of Caribou and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died peacefully Nov. 14, 2007, at his home from complications arising from cancer. He was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Caribou, to Nelson L. and Adele R. (Hobart) Solman. He graduated Caribou High School in 1950 and immediately enrolled in a combined undergraduate/graduate program at Boston University, earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1955. He was admitted to the Maine and Massachusetts bars in 1955 and to the U.S. District Court in 1957. At the age of 22, he was among the youngest members ever admitted to the Maine and Massachusetts bar. Solman practiced law in Caribou until 2006, at first with his uncle, the late David Solman, then with subsequent partners, which included the late Robert Page, E. Allen Hunter, now a Justice of the Superior Court, and his son, Richard D. Solman, who continues the practice. Solman was a veteran of the U.S. Army, in which he served, 1955-57, stationed mostly at Fort Knox, Ky., instructing pilots on the Link trainer; and he served thereafter as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he was commissioned as a first lieutenant in 1957 and assigned duty in the Judge Advocates General Corps. until his honorable discharge in 1960. In more than 50 years of practicing law, Solman was a member of Aroostook County Bar Association, serving as its president, 1982-83; Maine State Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; and Maine Trial Lawyers Association, serving as its vice president in 1975 and president, 1976-78. In 1973, Solman was one of only 500 active American attorneys elected as a Fellow of International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In 1975, he was named a Fellow in American College of Trial Lawyers. From 1975 to 1978, Solman was a member of Judicial Selection Committee under Maine Gov. James B. Longley. He also served as a member of the governor’s advisory committee on court administration and was one of the original members of the board of overseers of the Bar. Solman served on the advisory board and later director of Northern National Bank and Casco Northern Bank; a trustee of the Caribou Hospital District, 1966; and a director of Aroostook Health Services, 1970-73. He was active for several years in both the Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying golf and fishing with his many friends from Aroostook County to Florida, as well as an enthusiastic pilot for more than 40 years, earning his instrument rating and flying his own airplanes. He is survived by his wife, Susan Bent Solman; his three children, Richard Solman of Caribou, Gregory Solman of Lake Gregory, Calif., and Leslie Chiaverini, her husband, John and a grandson, Michael Chiaverini, of Belmont, Calif.; the mother of his three children, Dione Solman McCarthy of Sunnyvale, Calif.; his brother, Robert L. Solman and his wife, Judy; and his sister, Carolyn S. Thomas; his stepchildren, Julie Rogers and her husband, Michael, of Warren, and Aaron Ayer and his wife, Jennifer; stepgrandchildren, Lily Rogers and Simon Ayer. He was predeceased by both his parents. Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Lancaster-Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover St., Caribou. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Caribou, with the Rev. Jean-Paul Labrie, celebrant. A reception will be after the ceremony. A private internment will take place at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, Maine Division, Inc., 52 Federal St., Brunswick, ME 04011. Friends may express their condolences to the family at www.lancastermorgan.com.

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