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In Memoriam, David H. Locke

Founder and Principal, 1927-2019

A founding member of Wellesley’s oldest operating law firm, David H. Locke took special pride in the practice of family law, which he defined as “those aspects of the law that affect the individual and the family.”

Early in his career, David H. Locke was appointed a Special Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County. He is a past president of the Norfolk County Bar Association. Long active in community affairs, he served many charitable and volunteer organizations including the Red Cross, Newton-Wellesley Hospital Corporation and its Board of Overseers.

David H. Locke served his community in a number of elected positions over the years including service as an elected Town Meeting Member and member of the Wellesley Board of Selectmen, where he served as Chairman. He served as Wellesley’s State Representative in the General Court for eight years before being elected to the Massachusetts State Senate, where he served for twenty-four years, the final terms of which he served as Minority Floor Leader. He served as statewide Chairman of the Reagan for President Committee in 1980 and 1984, helping deliver Massachusetts Republican presidential victories for the first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected President in 1952.
His law practice over the years included numerous bench and jury trials, and appellate cases that have resulted in landmark rulings on a number of legal issues. 
David H. Locke grew up in Wellesley, the son of prominent physician Allen W. Locke and Florence H. Locke, who served her country in World War I as an Army nurse. Like his parents, David regularly made “house calls” when the needs of clients so required.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, David Locke was educated at Harvard College (B.A.) and Harvard University Law School (LLB), and was the father of five children and grandfather of eleven.

Mr. Locke practiced law right up until his final days, working alongside his son, John. Mr. Locke passed away in December 2019, leaving a legacy of legal expertise and compassion for his clients that still guides the law firm that bears his name.

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