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Richard G. (Dick) Lareau
  • June 11, 1928
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  • February 22, 2020

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Richard G. (Dick) Lareau passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the age of 91 in Fort Myers, Florida. Dick was born on June 11, 1928 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island to Hector and Agnes Vallee Lareau, and grew up on a dairy farm in Essex near Burlington, Vermont, on the Winooski River.  He earned his BA from St. Michael’s College in 1949 and his JD from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1952.  He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956 (San Francisco and Tokyo), and in 1956 he joined the Oppenheimer Law Firm in St. Paul (later Minneapolis), becoming partner in 1960.  He lived in St. Paul, West St. Paul, and Deephaven, Minnesota.  Dick served in many professional organizations and legal functions and was on numerous boards.  He was Secretary and Board member at Control Data (later Ceridian), where he led the antitrust lawsuit against IBM (settled in 1973).  Other boards on which he served include Merrill Corporation, Ceridian, Avecor, Nash Finch, Bio-Medicus, and Northern Technologies.  He was a Trustee of Mesabi Trust to 2019, and he served as corporate secretary of several publicly traded companies.

Dick retired from his law firm in 2014 and moved to Fort Myers, Florida.  Dick loved fishing and boating (including at his lake home near Rice Lake, Wisconsin), world travel (China, Europe, Egypt, Mongolia, India, New Zealand), table tennis (1949 Vermont State Champion), poker and card games, and reading.

Dick is survived by his wife, Thelma, of Fort Myers, Florida; his sister, Ilene Kastner, of Leesburg, Florida; his son from his first marriage, Alan Lareau, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; step-son William Mohn (Theresa Charlton) and his daughters Camille and Sarah Mohn, of Vancouver, Canada; sister-in-law Sharon Peterson of Minnetonka, Minnesota; four nephews and nieces.  He was grateful to the staff of The Springs at Shell Point Retirement Community and Hope Hospice for their attention and care.  Dick will be missed by colleagues, friends, and family.  (But not by fish.)


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  1. 28 Feb 2020
    Eric Osterweil says:
    Dear all,
    I first met Dick in  Brussels on one of his visits to our office.  I came to know him and to consider early on that Dick was one of the finest lawyers I had ever met.  More than that he was a great  gentleman, you might say "of the old school"..
    I often visited HQ and frequently stayed at Dick and Thelma's home.  Evelyn joined me on several occasions.  We were royally treated. On one of those visits in the middle of winter Dick pointed out the "fish houses" in the middle of frozen Lake Minetonka.  Evelyn was not present on that occasion.
    We spent much time with the Lareaus and the Haywards and learned to appreciate the people and the splendor of the great  State of Minnesota.
    We loved Dick.  One regret is that I tried to call him on several occasions at his retirement home and did not succeed.
    Evelyn and I are sad  and wish to  express our condolences  to Thelma, his family, friends and the extended OWD family.
     

  2. 28 Feb 2020
    Madge Thorsen says:
    Dick was an inspiration and a mentor to so many of us at Oppenheimer. What an admirable life and career.

  3. 28 Feb 2020
    Alan Lareau posted an image:
    Dick in 2019 with his 1949 Vermont State Table Tennis Champion trophy, with thanks to Lloyd Kepple.
    Dick in 2019 with his 1949 Vermont State Table Tennis Champion trophy, with thanks to Lloyd Kepple.

  4. 27 Feb 2020
    Alan Lareau posted an image:
    Dick as a young lawyer in the 1950s
    Dick as a young lawyer in the 1950s

  5. 27 Feb 2020
    Alan Lareau posted an image:
    Dick and Thelma hiking in the mountains on their trip to China and Mongolia, July 1990
    Dick and Thelma hiking in the mountains on their trip to China and Mongolia, July 1990

  6. 27 Feb 2020
    Alan Lareau posted an image:
    Dick and Thelma fishing in Mongoloa, July 1990
    Dick and Thelma fishing in Mongoloa, July 1990

  7. 27 Feb 2020
    Alan Lareau posted an image:
    Dick on the family farm in Essex, Vermont, early 1930s
    Dick on the family farm in Essex, Vermont, early 1930s

  8. 27 Feb 2020
    Alan Lareau posted an image:
    Dick at 90
    Dick at 90

  9. 27 Feb 2020
    Alan Lareau posted an image:
    Dick and his father with fish on the farm in Vermon, late 1940s.  Dick loved to look at his old family pictures, and he could tell you the story of every fish in each photo: where, when and how he caught it, with what bait...
    Dick and his father with fish on the farm in Vermon, late 1940s. Dick loved to look at his old family pictures, and he could tell you the story of every fish in each photo: where, when and how he caught it, with what bait...

  10. 26 Feb 2020
    Amanda says:
    Dick was a very special man. He will be truly missed. I am a better person for having gotten to know him.

  11. 25 Feb 2020
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  12. 25 Feb 2020
    Steven Wellvang says:
    Highly talented and always pragmatic, Dick provided sound legal counsel for clients, boards and fellow lawyers throughout his long career. His advice was always rooted in sound judgment and usually delivered in his uniquely humorous and self-effacing style. I was honored to call him "partner" for most of my career.

  13. 25 Feb 2020
    Jeff says:
    Dick was an amazing colleague and friend. He was as sharp as a razor; a true asset to our team. He'd always greet you with a warm smile and was quick to lighten the room with a joke. He was truly an inspiration and a wonderful mentor. I will forever cherish our time spent, and keep his memory alive.

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