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Richard Merrill Boesen


Richard Merrill Boesen, American lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1940, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1951, Peru 1952, Paraguay 1953, Uruguay 1953. Recipient Rector scholarship De Pauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 1925, Distinguished Alumni citation De Pauw University, Greencastle, 1979, Commendation Lima (Peru) Bar Association, 1980; nominated for United States Ambassador to Peru, 1941.


Boesen, Richard Merrill was born on February 1, 1907 in Clayton, Indiana, United States. Son of Gens E. and Helen (Petersen) Boesen.


Bachelor magna cum laude, De Pauw University, 1929. Postgraduate, Harvard University, 1930. Juris Doctor, Boston University, 1933.

Postgraduate Spanish Language, University Mexico, 1948. Postgraduate in Latin American Legal Systems, San Marcos University, Lima, Peru, 1948. Degree in Peruvian Law, Catholic University, Lima, 1952.


Assistant legal officer Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation, New York City, 1942-1944. Instructor Navy Aviation Supply School, Jacksonville, Florida, 1944-1946. Attorney New Amsterdam Casualty Company, Baltimore, 1948-1951.

Private practice lawyer Law Offices of Richard M. Boesen, Lima, since 1955. Official delegate Lima Bar Association to the International Bar Association Meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1966.


  • Bar: Illinois 1940, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1951, Peru 1952, Paraguay 1953, Uruguay 1953.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Naval Aviation Supply Instruction Guide, 1945 (Navy Commendation), (forward) Right & Duties Foreign Businesses under Peruvian Law, 1952, Investment Opp. Tax Savings, 1960, Roma Law's Influence on United States Contract Law, 1980, (booklet) How to Do Business in Latin America, 1963.


Director Institute Peruano de Fomento Educativo, Lima, since 1978. Ambassador of Indiana, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indianapolis, 1980. Member Inter Pacific Bar Association (Tokyo, founder), American Legion Peru (Lima chapter Commander 1966-1970), Toastmasters International (president Lima chapter 1965), University of California at Los Angeles Pacific Basin Law Journal (board advisors), Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Tau Delta.


  • Other Interests

    Research in roman law, photography, inca, maya & roman ruins, gardening, classical music.


Gens E. Boesen

Helen (Petersen) Boesen