1960s Class Notes
Paul D. Hardy, 73, of Clearwater, Fla., passed away May 29. He was born in New York and moved to Florida in 1973. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Law School, Hardy devoted nearly 50 years to the practice of law with an emphasis on maritime and admiralty matters, in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Tampa and Orlando. Six months after the death of his wife, Jacqueline Carter, from breast cancer in 2000, Hardy retired from the active practice of law while remaining of counsel to Akerman Senterfitt. In addition to the Pennsylvania, Florida and American Bar Associations, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Miami Maritime Arbitration Council, and an advisory editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.
Judge Ronnie A. Yoder delivered a commencement address entitled, “A Niche for You—Immortality” at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., on April 25. Yoder’s father was a Goshen class of 1931 alumnus and an artist. In 1997 Yoder helped establish a scholarship for art and sculpting at the college in his father’s name. Yoder is the chief administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Christopher S. “Kit” Bond, U.S. Senator for Missouri, received the Henry Shaw Medal from the Missouri Botanical Garden in August. The medal honors those who have made a significant contribution to the objectives of the garden, including its work in sustainability, botanical research, horticulture, and education.
Bond is a leader in promoting plant research, and he was the first U.S. Senator to support investment in plant biotechnology research at the National Science Foundation. Through his efforts the garden has received federal funding for science and conservation initiatives, including construction of a world-class herbarium, botanical library, and research facility for scientists. He lives in Mexico, Mo., where he tends several groves of trees he planted himself.
William R. Rakes was awarded the 2010 Frank W. “Bo” Rogers Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award by the Roanoke Bar Association at a gala celebration held May 21. Rakes is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, where he focuses his practice on business law, banking and finance, and commercial litigation. He has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the areas of antitrust law, appellate law, banking law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, and corporate law and was named in Virginia Super Lawyers 2010 in the area of business litigation.
Walter M. Dickey was elected president of Huntington Investors. He has also been elected vice president of the Alexander Majors Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The chapter, located in Kansas City, Mo., is named for a founder of the Pony Express.
Theodore Margolis was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America at the counsel’s conference and induction of fellows in Monterey, Calif., in May. He is a member with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Bridgewater, N.J.
Henry W. McLaughlin was honored at a luncheon held by the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society in Richmond on March 31, marking his retirement after 32 years of service with the society. In 1978 he joined what was then called the Neighborhood Legal Aid Society in Richmond. Three years later he became executive director.
Under McLaughlin’s leadership, pro bono work helped cash-strapped citizens get legal help for no-fault divorces, protective orders, and stopping evictions. He and a team of attorneys won a nationwide federal injunction to stop evictions of public housing tenants not given prior notice or the opportunity for a hearing, because it violated due process. In January he won a federal court case against a mortgage lender who failed to follow federal regulations before trying to foreclose. The decision could protect thousands of homeowners who have FHA mortgages at risk of foreclosure by giving them an opportunity to meet with the lender.
McLaughlin is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is the only legal aid attorney to be honored as such. He has been a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation since 1991. In 2009 he was selected as Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Leader in the Law” and was selected as the 2009 “Leader of Leaders.” In March he received the Bar Association of the City of Richmond’s Hill-Tucker Public Service Award. “Henry McLaughlin has been the inspiration behind legal aid in Richmond,” reads a tribute to him, noting how he worked “tenaciously and tirelessly” to organize the expert legal help for low-income people who have nowhere else to turn.
J. Rudy Austin has been selected for Virginia Super Lawyers 2010 in the area of construction litigation and is also included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the area of personal injury litigation. He is a partner in the Roanoke office of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore.
Foy R. Devine has joined Taylor English Duma in Atlanta, as head of the litigation and dispute resolution group. The firm has 80 attorneys, 25 of whom are in litigation, and provides a wide range of services to corporations and individuals in business.
Bob Ivey retired from Holland & Knight in December. He will continue mediating business and construction disputes. You can reach him at Bob.Ivey@mediate.com
Thomas Knight and Suellen split the year in half—summer in Martha’s Vineyard, and winter in Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with grandchildren near both venues. “Almost retired!,” he writes.
Edward R. Levin has been included in Washington D. C. Super Lawyers in the areas of labor and employment law. He is a partner with Saul Ewing in Washington, D.C.
Robert W. Ashmore has been included in Best Lawyers in America 2011 in the areas of labor and employment law. He is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips.
Barret E. Kean retired from the Department of Air Force General Counsel’s office in 2003. He and Kathy live in the Northern Neck-area and are involved in a number of volunteer projects.