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Richard E. Poole, Long-Time Partner and Past Chair of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Passes Away on April 24, 2015. 

April 29, 2015

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP regrets to announce the passing of long-time partner and past firm chair Richard E. Poole.  Mr. Poole died peacefully in the presence of his family at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on April 24, 2015. 

“No words can adequately express our sadness at Dick's death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him,”  said Potter Anderson’s Chair Michael B. Tumas.  “His accomplishments at Potter Anderson are immeasurable and had a lasting impact on the firm.  He will be missed by all. “

Richard E. Poole joined Potter Anderson as an associate in 1967.  He was a second-generation lawyer, having joined his late father William Poole, who had a 55-year career at the firm before retiring in 1977.   Richard Poole became a partner in 1972, and served as chair from 1997-1999.  Throughout his 35-year practice, he was a well-known and well-respected litigator, eventually specializing in the insurance coverage area.  In 1999 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He was an avid art collector and philanthropist who volunteered with multiple community organizations, including the Rotary Club of Wilmington, Delaware Art Museum and Rehoboth Art League.  He is a former president of Planned Parenthood of Delaware. 

Mr. Poole attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1961.  He received his Bachelor of Arts with high honors from Swarthmore College in 1963, and his Juris Doctor from The University of Chicago Law School in 1966.  He served as a law clerk to the late Judge Collins J. Seitz in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1966-1967.