Services held for lawyer R.E. Dunne III

December 04, 1997|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Services for Richard E. Dunne III, a founding partner of the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, were yesterday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.

Mr. Dunne, 47, was killed Thanksgiving morning when the plane he was flying crashed on Cape Cod, Mass. His two daughters survived the accident, but a companion, Sharon Anne Dwyer, died that night at a local hospital.

Mr. Dunne, a Stevenson resident, played a major role in the development of the firm's white-collar criminal practice. His work often focused on internal and governmental investigations, antitrust enforcement, government contract compliance and international litigation and arbitration.

"He was a respected advocate and highly regarded attorney whose life was balanced by love for his family and a wonderfully adventurous nature," the firm's managing partner, George Beall, said yesterday.

"Because he was so casually dressed and not buttoned-down, you'd never suspect that he was a lawyer," said Stephen Immelt, a lawyer with the firm and friend of many years.

"He invented casual Fridays long before there was such a thing," Mr. Immelt said, laughing.

Before joining the firm in 1988, Mr. Dunne practiced law for five years with Piper & Marbury.

He was an assistant U.S. attorney for Maryland from 1980 to 1983.

The Hartford, Conn., native was a 1968 graduate of Portsmouth Priory in Portsmouth, R.I., and earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1972. He earned his law degree from the University of Connecticut Law School in 1977. He moved to Baltimore, where he was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Alexander Harvey II until 1979.

An outdoorsman, he enjoyed skiing, backpacking and flying.

Last summer, he traced the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition through South Dakota and Montana in his single-engine plane.

Mr. Dunne's marriage to the former Seska Peck ended in divorce.

He is survived by his daughters, Phoebe Dunne and Anna Dunne of the home; his parents, Jean and Richard E. Dunne Jr. of Harwich Port, Mass.; two brothers, Anthony S. Dunne of New York and Mark W. Dunne of Cohasset, Mass.; and a sister, Pamela Boyle of East Harwich, Mass.

Pub Date: 12/04/97

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