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Richard L. Atkins

Richard L. Atkins, American real estate developer, building contractor. License general contractor California, New York, Michigan, Georgia, real estate broker, California, New York. Named Man of Year City of Los Angeles, 1969; recipient award of excellence National Council Negro Business and Professional Women, 1969.


  • Atkins, Richard L. was born on January 11, 1926 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Son of Edgar and Marie (Jones) Atkins.

  • Education

    • Student, Eastern Michigan University, 1951. Student, Charles Simmons Institute Human Rels, 1961. Certified in law, University West Los Angeles, 1981.


    • Owner real estate brokerage corporation, Los Angeles. Building contractor for hospitals, medical emergency centers, apartment houses, private homes, shopping malls, restaurants, churches, business plas., day care centers, others. Founder, chief executive officer Trans Pac Construction Engineers, R.L. Atkins Companies United States, 1989.

      Founder various black contractors associations, minority builders associations, Michigan and Los Angeles, since 1950.

    Major achievements

    • License general contractor California, New York, Michigan, Georgia, real estate broker, California, New York.


    • Public periodical real estate digest for Black economic development, The Atkins House Call.


    Party affiliation: member Science of Mind Church


    Denomination: Science of Mind Church


    Founder African-American Cultural Village at 23d Summer Olympiad, Los Angeles, 1984, Black Business Expo, Los Angeles, national Black Business Planning Commission. Board directors economic development committee The Black Agenda, Los Angeles, since 1990. Founding member Carpenter's District Council Detroit, Local 982, 1951.

    Technician light and research laboratory University Michigan, 1952-1955. Corporal United States Marine Corps, 1944-1946, PTO. Member Knight Templar, Black Business Chamber of Commerce (founder), Urban League, American Legion, Masons, Shriners.



    Avocations: architectural design, civic activities.


    • Married Joan Murray; children: Kathleen Atkins Wilson, Dyke C.
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    Born January 11, 1926
    • 1951
      Eastern Michigan University
    • 1961
      Charles Simmons Institute Human Rels
    • 1981
      University West Los Angeles