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Edward 'Ned' Stebbins, 82, New Canaan Attorney

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Edward "Ned" Clinton Stebbins, a longtime New Canaan resident, died Aug. 29 at Meadow Ridge Retirement Community in Redding. Stebbins, 82, battled Parkinson's disease in his final years.  

He was born Feb. 26, 1930, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Dr. Edward C. and Hope Blodgett Stebbins. He graduated from St. Paul's School in 1947, Williams College in 1951 and Harvard Law School in 1954, where he was an editor for the Harvard Law Review.  

On July 17, 1954, Stebbins married Bernadine Schildge in Gouverneur, N.Y. The couple moved to Charlottesville, Va., while he served in the Army and taught at the Judge Advocate General School at the University of Virginia. 

After serving three years, Stebbins moved his family to Connecticut and joined Sullivan & Cromwell, a New York law firm, and practiced corporate litigation. In 1964, Stebbins joined Freeport Sulphur, where he worked for 25 years until his retirement in 1989. 

When the company relocated to New Orleans in 1984, Stebbins was promoted to general counsel and a member of the firm's operating committee. After retirement, he became an active volunteer with Norwalk Hospital, Waveny Care Center and the New Canaan Library. 

He also teamed up at Norwalk Yacht Club, rowing for "The Ancient and the Honorable,” and winning multiple senior competitions in the U.S. and Europe. An avid historian, Stebbins was a hereditary member of the Society of the Cincinnati, a Revolutionary War organization.  

Stebbins is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernadine; a brother, John Stebbins, of Scarborough, Maine; three children, Victoria Frelow, of Nyack, N.Y., Charles Stebbins, of Fairfield, and Robert Stebbins, of Weston; and six grandchildren.

A memorial reception will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 22, at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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