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Patrick W. Richardson (1925 – 2004)
Patrick William Richardson was born in Huntsville, Alabama on October 5, 1925. He graduated as valedictorian from Huntsville High School and then attended the University of Alabama where he received an undergraduate degree in 1947 and a law degree in 1948. While at the law school he was inducted into the Farrah Order of Jurisprudence, which later became the Order of the Coif. After his graduation, Richardson returned to Huntsville to practice law. He was the fourth generation of the Richardson family to become an attorney.

Richardson served as President of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association from 1965 to 1966 and as President of the Alabama State Bar from 1969 to 1970. For over fifty years he was counsel to the L & N and Southern railroads. He was an active member of the Railroad Trial Counsel. He was admitted to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and was known for his mentoring of young attorneys as well as for the promotion of higher education.

Pat Richardson helped convince the University of Alabama to create an extension campus in Huntsville which later became the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He was described by a former UAH President as “being to UAH what Thomas Jefferson was to the University of Virginia”. He served as the first President of the UAH Foundation, later becoming a Trustee of the University, and he served as the attorney for the Foundation from 1961 until his death at Huntsville in 2004. Because of his faithful service to the school, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from UAH in 1976 and he was the proud recipient of the first UAH class ring.

Pat Richardson was a solid citizen who contributed to his community in many ways throughout his life. He served as a Director of the Huntsville Industrial Expansion Committee, the Boys Club, and the United Way. He was a long-time member of the Huntsville Rotary Club. He was also a member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (now called the National Conference for Community and Justice). He served on its national board from 1981 to 1986 and its regional board from 1987 until his death. In 1985 he received the NCCJ Brotherhood Award.

Pat Richardson led an exemplary life. He was a prominent citizen of his community who gave much service to that community. His other awards included the Humanitarian Award from the Arthritis Foundation, the Distinguished Service Award from the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and the Award of Merit from the Alabama State Bar. Now he is honored with induction into the Alabama Lawyers’ Hall of Fame.

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