William "Tom" Doar, Jr. Dies Peacefully on June 20th, 2016
It is with heartfelt sadness that we share news of Attorney William “Tom” Doar, Jr.’s passing on Monday, June 20th. Tom died peacefully, surrounded by family in Florida.
Tom came from a very distinguished family. His grandfather served as constable to the town of Cumberland. His father, a prosperous attorney at the New Richmond law firm now known as Doar, Drill & Skow, also served as president of the Wisconsin Bar Association and Wisconsin Board of Bar Commissioners. His younger brother, John Doar, was a strong voice of justice in the Civil Rights Movement, served as Special Counsel for the US House Committee on the Judiciary during the Nixon impeachment process and would eventually go on to become a prominent New York attorney in the private sector.
Like the rest of his family, Tom created a legacy of his own. He followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the family law practice in 1947. He would soon come to realize a propensity for business. Tom became active in area businesses, and also served as president of Midwest Communications, Inc., the parent company for WCCO radio and television. Until the last years of his life, Tom continued to practice as both an attorney and businessman, with an unwavering attention to detail and mind as sharp as ever.
One of his greatest successes, however, was outside the office. Tom was a devoted family man and took great pride in his family history. He was quick to boast about the accomplishments of his dad and brother and eagerly shared the happenings of others in the regular letters he wrote to update his family all over the country. To honor his late wife, Patricia “Patty” (Lynch) Doar, he established the Tom and Patty Doar Foundation that awarded grants to non-profit organizations that served the community. In the last year of his life, Tom documented much of his family history in writing, to ensure it remained preserved for future generations.
Tom will be greatly missed by many, but we have no doubt his legacy will remain alive and well for generations to come.