PLANT--David William. 81, husband, father, grandfather, and friend and colleague to many, died on September 26 in New London, New Hampshire, where he resided since 1999. Formerly a resident of New York City and Rye, New York, he received his engineering and law degrees from Cornell University and was an associate, partner and managing partner in the law firm Fish & Neave (now Ropes & Gray) from 1957-1998. Since January 1999, he served as a mediator and arbitrator in more than 300 domestic and international disputes. He also was an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School and University of New Hampshire Law School, and taught at the University of Melbourne Law School, the University of Hong Kong, and Fribourg Law School in Switzerland. He wrote extensively on dispute resolution and led courses and workshops in arbitration and mediation for many organizations around the world. He was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, and the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and received in 2006 the American Bar Association's "Lawyer As Problem Solver Award." He is survived by his wife Jeanie (Robinson) Plant, also of New London; two children, daughter Susan W. Plant and her husband Danyul M. Cho of Arlington, Mass., and son Frank W. and his wife Karen P. Lilley of Boylston, Mass.; grandchildren Mina Susan and Robert D. Lilley; stepchildren John C. Baity Jr. and his wife Lisa of Bedford, N.H., Keith F. Baity of Miami, Fla., and Cheryl R. Baity of Darien, Conn., and step-grandchildren, Marco Baity Jesi, Brianne Jean Baity, Ryan Gonzalez-Falla, and Connor Gonzalez-Falla. Memorial contributions may be made to: Town of New London Emergency Animal Shelter, 275 Main Street, New London, NH 03257; The First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 336, New London, NH 03257; or Cornell Law School, 524 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853.
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Published in The New York Times on Sept. 30, 2012