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.)