LAWRENCE P.J. BONAGUIDI Lawrence P. J. Bonaguidi, born in Albuquerque, who made his mark in maritime law in New York City, died Thursday June 13th at his home in Santa Fe, NM. He was 78. After graduating first in his class at Albuquerque High School, Mr. Bonaguidi left for Harvard College and Yale Law School. He then moved to New York City and began his legal career. He became a partner in a prominent firm before opening Green and Bonaguidi with his friend and colleague, the late Bill Green. Mr. Bonaguidi also argued, successfully, several cases before The Supreme Court of the United States. Later he became General Counsel at Bay Container Company with his good friend and business partner, Bert Guido. After living many years in New York City and spending many summers at his Fire Island beach house, Mr. Bonaguidi, returned to New Mexico and took up residence in Santa Fe, where he resided until his death. He also maintained his New York City apartment, lived at times in Rome, Italy; the Isle of Capri and travelled extensively. During his years in Santa Fe, Mr. Bonaguidi founded The Lawrence P.J. Bonaguidi Foundation which became a generous donor to the Santa Fe Opera, SouthWest Cares, The Lensic and various local and national charities and educational insitutions. The foundation will continue in his absence. Mr. Bonaguidi is survived by his life partner, Joseph Finnegan. His previous partner, Vincent Sorgi, died in Santa Fe in 2003. His parents, Dino and Olga 'Coco' Bonaguidi, predeceased him. Surviving family include Richard and Nedra Matteucci of Santa Fe and his dear cousin, Jacqueline (Frank) Murar of San Francisco and their children: Ginger Murar, Kathy Browm, Donna Fianca and Paul Murar. Mr. Bonaguidi also leaves behind a large group of friends that will miss him dearly. Plans are still being made for a Memorial Service and reception and will be announced at a later date.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Jun. 28 to Jun. 30, 2013.