NH loses a trusted, political wise man, Kimon Zachos dead at 84
Political and civic leaders across the political spectrum honor the memory today of revered Manchester lawyer Kimon Zachos who died at age 83 late Tuesday.
Zachos, a moderate Republican, spent six years in the New Hampshire Legislature rising to the rank of deputy speaker and majority leader along with chairing the House Judiciary Committee.
But Zachos was better known as a trusted adviser and confidante of the politically powerful, someone who knew the law well and had the well-earned reputation as a paragon of ethical integrity.
"Sad to learn of passing of Kimon Zachos, an excellent lawyer and wonderful person who did so much for New Hampshire,'' tweeted Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH.
Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said Zachos was a regular breakfast companion with former Senate President David Nixon who also passed away recently. "Both were living legends,'' Buckley said.
Zachos was appointed in 2001 to serve on the newly created Judicial Conduct Committee that investigated complaints against judges.
His volunteer work also left its mark as a former director and chairman of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, member of the Legislative Ethics Committee and New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.
Zachos was also a director at the former, New England Telephone Company, Hitchiner Manufacturing, Southern New Hampshire University, First NH Bank and Citizens Bank.
His awards included the lifetime achievement from the Business and Industry Association in 2000, Public Citizen Number One in a poll done by the New Hampshire Bar Association in 2003 and an excellence award from the New England Board of Higher Education in 2011.