About the Honorable Harry Lichman
Judge Harry C. Lichman (1909-2005) left the bulk of his estate to Cheshire Health Foundation to underwrite care to the uninsured with a charitable trust. Judge Lichman was a beloved pillar in this community who devoted his time, talents, and wealth to improving Keene, the city he cherished.
A self-made man, Judge Lichman was born in a small village in the Ukraine. He moved to Keene as a child where his father worked in a shoe factory. The Lichman family spoke Yiddish at home, recited prayers the old-fashioned way, and helped found the Achavas Achim Synagogue. Judge Lichman served his country in WW II; his state as a three-term legislator and a probate judge; his city as school moderator, city solicitor, and Rotarian.
Full of energy, vitality and passion, he frequently offered "Zye Gezunt," as his farewell, which means "be well." Today and for years to come many, many members of our community will be well as a result of Judge Lichman’s generous parting gift.