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Lawyer , Insurance company executive

Richard Irvin Fricke, American lawyer, retired insurance company executive. Bar: New York 1947, Michigan 1958, Vermont 1978.


Fricke, Richard Irvin was born on March 25, 1922 in Buffalo. Son of Richard F. and Julia S. (Cooper) Fricke.


Bachelor of Arts, Cornell Univercity, 1943;Juris Doctor with distinction, Cornell Univercity, 1947;graduate, Advanced Management Program, Harvard University, 1965.


Associate, Kenefick, Cooke, Mitchell, Bass & Letchworth, Buffalo, 1947-1952;assistant professor, then associate professor of law, Cornell Univercity Law School, 1952-1957;associate counsel, Ford Motor Company, 1957-1962;vice president general counsel, Mutual Life Insurance Company New York, 1962-1967;senior vice president, Mutual Life Insurance Company New York, 1967-1969;executive vice president, Mutual Life Insurance Company New York, 1969-1972;Chairman of the Board, Mutual Life Insurance Company New York, 1972-1976;vice Chairman of the Board, National Life Vermont, 1976-1977;president, chief Executive officer, National Life Vermont, 1977-1985;Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, National Life Vermont, 1985-1987;chairman of the executive committee, National Life Vermont, 1987-1990;attorney, business consultant, Burlington, Vermont, since 1990. Interim president, chief Executive officer Bank of Vermont, 1987-1989. Board directors National Life Vermont, Sentinel Group Funds, Inc., Sentinal Cash Management Company, Green Mountain Power Corporation, BankVermont.

Speakers bureau Buffalo Council World Affairs, 1952. Consultant New York State Law Revision Commission, 1952-1957. Advanced.coun. Cornell Law School, Cornell Univercity.


  • Bar: New York 1947, Michigan 1958, Vermont 1978.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Law quarterly, Cornell University, 1946 47.


Trustee Vermont Law School, Champlain College. Board overseers Middlebury College Served with field artillery Army of the United States and United States Army Air Force, 1943-1945. Fellow American Bar Foundation.

Member American Judicature Society, Cornell Law Association (president 1965-1967), University Club (New York City), Burlington Country Club, Longboat Key Club, Audubon Country Club, Order of Coif, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Jeanne Hines, July 22, 1943 (deceased). Children: Richard J., Diane L., Kathryn J. David R. Married Ruth Byerly Tinker, March 26, 1967.

Children: Mark C., Michael A., Jodie P., John H.

Richard F. Fricke

Julia S. (Cooper) Fricke

Jeanne Hines

Ruth Byerly Tinker

Richard J. Fricke

Diane L. Fricke

Kathryn J. David R. Fricke

Mark C. Fricke

Michael A. Fricke

Jodie P. Fricke

John H. Fricke