Former N.H. Bar President Fred Upton Dead At 94

Dec 5, 2013

A former New Hampshire Bar Association president who helped block construction of a four-lane highway through Franconia Notch has died at age 94.

Fred Upton — a Concord native — spent his entire career at the law firm of Upton & Hatfield — founded by his father, Robert Upton.

In the late 1950s, Upton represented the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in its legal battle to prevent construction of Interstate 93 through Franconia Notch.

After Upton won the case, Congress passed legislation allowing federal highway funding for parkways, including what is now Franconia Notch Parkway.

Upton — who died of cancer Monday — served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and earned two Bronze Stars for his role in helping to sink two German U-Boats.