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John Richard Auchter
John R. Auchter was born on May 1, 1922, in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of five sons of Frank and Alfaretta (Thurston) Auchter. He married Carol Hagen on June 16, 1947 and was divorced on January 24, 1972. Auchter then married Norma Jean (Ledger) Wood on July 19, 1972. Auchter had three children from his first marriage: Susan (1949-1966), Richard, and Ellen. He had two children in his second marriage, John Lovejoy and Sara Jean. He resided in Monson, Massachusetts.
Auchter was educated in West Springfield schools and graduated from the Monson Academy in 1940 (where he later served as a trustee from 1956 to 1971). He obtained his B.A. in 1947 from Amherst College and his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1950.
He served three years active duty in the military during WW II, including 18 months in New Guinea and 6 months in the Philippines.
Auchter was a partner in the law firm, Laming, Smith, Auchter, Bozenhard & Thompson in Springfield and Palmer, Massachusetts. He served as a member and director of various nonprofit agencies and was a founding member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He authored various articles in the Massachusetts Law Quarterly & the American Bar Association Journal.
[Source: Resume laid-in, John R. Auchter, Between You and Me: Selected Poems (Agawam, Massachusetts: Malcolm K. Burton, 1977)(copy acquired by James R. Elkins from From Far Away Books & Antiques, Greenville, Maine, November 19, 2003)]
John R. Auchter, Between You and Me: Selected Poems (Agawam, Massachusetts: Malcolm K. Burton, 1977)