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Jesse M. Corum IV

1950 - 2014 BRATTLEBORO Jesse Maxwell Corum IV, of Brattleboro, whose strong community leadership and zest for life made him a memorable yet humble personality, died peacefully at home amidst family on June 27, 2014 after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Jesse was born on Dec. 19, 1950, the son of Joy Corum and the late Jesse Corum lll. He grew up in New York, Europe and Vermont. He married Lynn Hummel in 1972, and graduated from Guilford College (N.C.) in 1973. While at Guilford, he ran a personal best, a 4:24 mile. A year working in a North Carolina prison pushed him to attend the new Vermont Law School. He began practice in 1977 as a Deputy State's Attorney in Brattleboro and, in 1981, became an associate at Gale, Gale & Barile. Within a year he was made a partner. He came to be the senior partner of Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell & Secrest, PLC, which he led with integrity and expertise for more than 10 years. Jesse Corum tried more than 100 criminal and civil cases to jury verdict. His litigation skills and mastery of judicial procedure resulted in his service as an Acting Judge in District, Superior, and Windham Family Courts. He was recognized by his peers by being selected as president of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association. Jesse's contributions to thousands of clients made a lasting impact in and around Windham County. Upon retirement in late May, he was honored with a Resolution of Recognition by the Vermont Legislature. Jesse was a deeply committed volunteer in the greater Brattleboro community, serving 27 years on the board of Youth Services and as an active Rotarian. While president of Rotary, he co-led the development of water purification projects in El Salvador, which led to creation of Pure Water for the World. He was honored by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1996. During his club presidency in 1987-1988, he oversaw admission of the first women to the club in its 37 year existence. He also served as a Town Representative for 20+ years, and was a Selectboard member from 2008-2010. He was a longtime member and sitting deacon of First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro. Jesse was an avid and accomplished bicyclist, skier, runner and sailor. His energy, enthusiasm, and love of life, family, work and this community were evident every day of his life. Jesse and his beloved wife of 40 years, Lynn, who passed away in 2012, are survived by son Jesse V, and wife Rachelle of Rochester, N.Y.; son Scott of Tahoe, Calif.; mother Joy of Vero Beach, Fla.; sister Laurie and husband Bruce Hawley, also of Vero Beach; brother Vance and wife Kristin of Vancouver, Wash., two granddaughters and 10 nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: Jesse's family will host visitation on Wednesday, July 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. A memorial service and celebration of Jesse's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, at the Brattleboro Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Jesse's family asks that, rather than flowers, remembrances honoring him be sent to the Jesse M. Corum Gateway Scholarship Fund at Brattleboro Rotary Club, PO Box 336, Brattleboro, VT 05302, or to his church.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 1, 2014
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