Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

IN MEMORIAM: Richard A. Solomon

Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

IN MEMORIAM: Richard A. Solomon

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Richard A, Solomon, who brilliantly served the public in a number of capacities, died on January 23, 2005.

Dick, born in New York in 1917, graduated from Harvard in 1939, and received his law degree from Yale in 1943. He became a JAG Officer serving in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II and was a prosecutor of Japanese war criminals after the war. When he returned to civilian life, Dick joined the Federal Communications Commission where he held a variety of positions from 1947 until 1959. Dick's next stop was as the Deputy Chief, and later Chief, of the Appellate Section of the Anti-Trust Division at the Justice Department.

Dick's energy law career began in 1962 when he was appointed General Counsel of the Federal Power Commission. During his seven-year tenure as General Counsel, Dick used his considerable appellate skills to defend the Federal Power Commission's major policy endeavors: of improving the reliability of the electricity grid and developing area and national rates for sales of natural gas. While at the Commission, Dick was honored as a recipient of the Tom C. Clark Award, the highest award for a federal government attorney, from the Federal Bar Association. …

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