Arlyne F. Hassett

The Guest Book is expired.

HASSETT Arlyne F., 90, died peacefully at Plymouth Crossing, Plymouth, MA on May 29, 2015. She grew up in Watertow, lived in Weston and retire at her home in Marshfield. Arlyne is survived by her brother, Arthur Hassett of Falmouth, MA and her nieces and nephews, Joannie Palmer and her husband Robert (Marriata, GA); Jack Hassett and his wife, Vannel (Brunswick, OH); David Hassett and his wife, Lisa (Weston, MA); Susan Jaros and her husband Gregg (Auburn, NY); and Mark Hassett (Westwood, MA). She served as Presiding Justice until her mandatory retirement at age 70 in 1994. Prior to being appointed to a full-time justice in 1979 she served as a part-time justice to the Waltham District Court in 1971 as an appointee of then Governor Francis Sargent becoming the first female justice of that court. Arlyne graduated from Rosary Academy at the age of 15. She completed her post high school studies at Boston University Law School where she was editor-in-chief of the Boston University Law Review where she graduated Cum laude at the age of 20. She required special permission to take the bar exam because she was younger than the required age limit. Arlyne holds the unique distinction of being the first lawyer to turn down an opportunity to clerk for the Supreme Judicial Court in favor of working with a local solo lawyer handling criminal cases. In 1953 she was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney by the Eisenhower administration and would later be named first assistant to Attorney General Elliott Richardson in 1960. She would be the first female lawyer to hold that position in Massachusetts. In 1961 Arlyne resigned her post in order to seek the Republican nomination of Attorney General of Massachusetts. Her competition included her former boss, Elliott Richardson and Edward Brooke. Arlyne was an active worker and office holder in the Massachusetts Republican party for many years. She was appointed an Administrative Judge by Governor Volpe in 1962 to the Industrial Accident Board where she served for 5 years before opening her own law office in Boston, where she specialized in workers compensation and criminal defense. Arlyne loved the theater and was a season ticket holder to the Boston Symphony. She loved attending the symphony in Tanglewood. Arlyne is past President of the Massachusetts Judge’s Conference. She is a past member of the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. She is also a past Board member of the Weston-Waltham Hospital and the Watertown Boys Club. Arlyne loved to spend her time in Marshfield by the ocean and spend her winters at Pompano Beach in Florida. The family wishes to express thanks to all of the staff at Plymouth Crossings as well as special thanks and gratitude to her close friends and caregivers, Liz, Heather, Sheila and Anne. Visiting hours will be held in the MacDonald Funeral Home, 1755 Ocean Street, Route 139 in Marshfield on Friday June 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 40 Canal Street, in Marshfield at 10:00 A.M. Interment will be held in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Arlyne’s memory may be made to the Watertown Boys and Girls Club 25 Whites Ave., Watertown, MA 02472 For online guestbook and directions please visit our website,

Funeral Home
Marshfield, MA 02050
(781) 834-7320
Funeral Home Details
Send Flowers
Published in Boston Herald on June 14, 2015
Powered By