RUNKLE, Richard Firman June 5, 1928-January 12, 2013 Trial lawyer, accomplished amateur golfer, husband, father, grandfather, Richard "Dick" Runkle passed away on January 12th at the age of eighty-four. A graduate of UCLA and an original donor to Pauley Pavilion, Dick was a third generation Los Angelean. While at UCLA, Dick, a four-year letterman, once beat Arnold Palmer and his teammate during a tournament. Dick was also a personal friend of Coach John Wooden. After he graduated from USC Law School, Dick, a member of Phi Delta Phi was a trial lawyer for over 40 years. As a principal founding member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Dick was a "gentleman" lawyer who was always kind, courteous, and full of grace. An accomplished lifelong golfer, Dick won numerous trophies and held the honor of qualifying 27 years in a row in the California State Amateur, being runner-up three times. He was the LACC club champion for ten times. Later in life he served on the Executive Committee of the USGA. A true patriot and a humble man, Dick's numerous hobbies and interests, ranged from woodworking, to storytelling, growing orchids, to whistling tunes. He viewed himself as one of the ten happiest people on earth. He will be deeply missed by those he touched with his sense of humor and love of life. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Priscilla (Pam), their two daughters, Cathy Runkle (Dave Benajmin) and Betsy Runkle-Edens (Gary Runkle-Edens), and grandchildren, Richard and Magdalen Runkle-Edens. A Memorial Service will be held at All Saints Beverly Hills, 504 N. Camden, Beverly Hills on Sunday, February 17, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can me made to Gold Shield, Alumnae of UCLA, or The Blind Children's Center, Los Angeles.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 10, 2013