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March 26, 2013

Boston Bar Association Mourns the Loss of Anthony Lewis

Press Release

Upon learning that Anthony Lewis — the husband of Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (Ret.) and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who set the standard for writing about the Supreme Court of the United States and matters of constitutional law — died of complications from renal failure and heart failure early Monday morning, the Boston Bar Association issued the following statement:

We mourn Tony’s loss while celebrating his prodigious contributions to life in a constitutional democracy. His first book, Gideon’s Trumpet, the story behind Gideon v. Wainwright, gave life to the concept of a right to legal representation for indigent criminal defendants, and it also inspired generations of us to enter the law. His work on the First Amendment, Make No Law, became a bible for both journalists and First Amendment lawyers.

Despite his brilliance and his success as a New York Times columnist, and his personal friendships with world luminaries, Tony had the common touch, always taking time to ask ordinary people about their well-being. He was a loyal friend of the Boston Bar Association, lending a helping hand on many an occasion, and he will be sorely missed.

We express our deepest sympathies to Tony’s wife, Chief Justice Marshall, his children, and his grandchildren.

Tony’s funeral/burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be determined.