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After 15 years as the Massachusetts Bar Association’s communications director, William T.G. Litant became the MBA’s de facto historian. He developed a legal newspaper, various publications and a Web site. His staff grew from a one-man operation to a department of eight. And one more thing, before leaving his post on March 30 for a new job: “I’ve attended more board meetings than anyone else,” he said. Litant, 49, has been named the communications director for the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His deputy at the MBA, Cathy Gorman, has been named acting communications director for the bar association. “MIT is certainly the beneficiary of our significant loss,” said MBA President Edward P. Ryan Jr., as he led tributes to Litant before the association’s House of Delegates on March 29. “I was in my car when I heard he was leaving,” Ryan said. “I had to stop and recover. Bill Litant has been just such an enormous asset to the bar association.” Ryan dedicated his April president’s message to Litant, noting the “family tradition” in aeronautics that the communications director will continue in his new post — his grandfather built aircraft prototypes, his father was an administrator at NASA, and his brother designs systems for the U.S. Air Force. “It’s a very personal, strong interest to me,” said Litant, himself a student pilot, of the topics he will address at MIT. As a parting gift, the bar association made a donation to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum that makes Litant a “flight leader” through its adopt-a-plane program. “And we get a tax deduction,” Ryan joked. Former MBA President Michael S. Greco, who hired Litant in 1986, told his fellow delegates there was little doubt he chose the right guy for the job those many years ago. “After I talked to Bill,” said Greco, “I knew we didn’t have to go any further.”

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