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RICHMOND -- Stephen Liddon Hester, 68, of 590 Canaan Road died Thursday at his home after a brief illness. He had been a resident of Richmond since 2001.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 7, 1936, son of Walter and Ardelle Liddon Hester, he was a 1954 graduate of New Smyrna High School in New Smyrna, Fla. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Duke University in 1958, and received a juris doctor degree from Harvard University Law School in 1965.

A lawyer, he worked for the firm of Arnold and Porter of Washington, D.C., and was later employed by American Capital Strategies of Bethesda, Md., retiring in 2000.

Mr. Hester was a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Health Association of Richmond and West Stockbridge, and a member of the Richmond Town Hall Library Committee.

He loved hiking, yoga, writing and reading.

He and his wife, Maureen E. Flanagan, were married in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 7, 1989.

Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Laurel Liddon Hester of Columbia, S.C., and Megan Amelia Hester of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, Bill Hester of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and two grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- The funeral for Mr. Stephen Liddon Hester, who died Aug. 18, 2005, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Hester family home, 590 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond, with the Rev. Irene M. Jones, pastor of Richmond Congregational Church, officiating. Memorial donations in Mr. Hester's memory may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires in care of ROCHE FUNERAL HOME, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240, which is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Hester is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Liana Liddon Raguso and Alexander Hester Raguso, both of Columbia, S.C.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 21, 2005
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