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C. Richard Abbott
C. Richard Abbott loved the legal profession as much as he loved life – his family, the arts and fine dining. Abbott, a founding partner of the Abbott Nicholson firm, died Jan. 7, 2003.
A resident of Grosse Pointe, Abbott was born in Joliet, Ill., in 1935.
He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Illinois. He also earned a master’s degree in Tax at New York University.
He was a U.S. Army captain who settled in the Detroit area when his military service ended. He became regional counsel for the Internal Revenue Service.
He and his initial partners founded Abbott Nicholson in 1977, fittingly, with a meeting at the original Joe Muer’s Seafood Restaurant, then one of Detroit’s finest dining establishments.