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Lawyer , corporate executive

Richard Franklin Hrdlicka, American corporate executive, lawyer. Bar: Kansas bar 1955.


Hrdlicka, Richard Franklin was born on April 3, 1932 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Came to United States, 1948, naturalized, 1954. Son of Josef and Beatrice (Ryant) Hrdlicka.


Friends University (Bachelor of Arts, 1952). Washburn University of Topeka (Bachelor of Laws, 1955). Phi Alpha Delta. County Attorney, Harvey County, Kansas, 1961-1964.

Member, 1969-1973 and President, 1971-1973, USD # 373 School Board. Member, Board of Directors, Kansas School Board Association, 1970-1971. Member, House and Senate Select Committee on Education, State of Kansas, 1971-1972.


Partner Speir, Stroberg & Sizemore, Newton, 1962-1968. County attorney Harvey County, Kansas, 1960-1964. Corporate Counsel Hesston Corporation, 1972-1975, vice president, general counsel, secretary, 1972-1975, senior vice president, general counsel, secretary, director, 1975-1988, Fiat United States of America, since 1988.

Director Midland National Bank, Newton.


  • Bar: Kansas bar 1955.


Past trustee Friends University Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Board governors Washburn University Law School. Past president board education Unified School District 373, Newton.

Past member select committee school efficiency Kansas House and Senate. Served with Army of the United States, 1955-1957. Member American Bar Association, American Society Corporation Secretaries, Kansas Bar Association, Central Kansas Bar Association (past president), Harvey County Bar Association (past president), Newton Chamber of Commerce (past director) Clubs: Newton Country, Wichita Racquet, Wichita.


Married Carol Knott, December 21, 1958. Children– Carla Jayne, David Ryant.

Josef Hrdlicka

Beatrice (Ryant) Hrdlicka

Carol Knott

Carla Jayne Hrdlicka

David Ryant Hrdlicka