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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ind. Law - Indianapolis native, attorney Richard M. Fairbanks, III has died

From the obituary in today's Indianapolis Star:

The Honorable Richard M. Fairbanks, III, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Layalina Productions died at his home, in Coconut Grove, Florida on February 6, 2013.

Mr. Fairbanks spent his professional life as a lawyer and in government service following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather Charles Warren Fairbanks, Vice-President under Theodore Roosevelt. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mr. Fairbanks received his A.B. from Yale University on a NROTC scholarship and his J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia University School of Law where he was Business Manager of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Between Yale and Columbia, Mr. Fairbanks served on active duty as a Regular Officer with the U.S. Navy as the Operations Officer of USS Zellars (DD-777), and later as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet.

Upon graduation from Columbia in 1969, Mr. Fairbanks spent two years as an associate attorney with the Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter. In 1971, Mr. Fairbanks was named the Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, William Ruckleshaus and also served as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1971 to 1972. In July 1971, he became a Staff Assistant at the White House Domestic Council and became Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment of the Council in December 1972.

After leaving government service in 1974, Mr. Fairbanks was a founding partner of the Washington law firm which was known, prior to his departure in 1981, as Beveridge, Fairbanks & Diamond.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 10, 2013 09:19 AM
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