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SCHWARTZ--Richard M.

head of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson's environmental practice and a pioneer in environmental law, died February 21, 2015 at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Hospital from complications of cancer. He was sixty-four. Mr. Schwartz, a graduate of Yale College, University of Chicago Law School and a Mellon fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, began his legal career at Skadden Arps. He then served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he held supervisory positions including head of the environmental unit. He received awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for the negotiation of a major Superfund settlement and from the Department of Justice for superior performance in civil environmental enforcement. In addition to environmental cases during his tenure at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Schwartz successfully defended the General Services Administration in an action brought by Richard Serra, who alleged the government's decision to move his sculpture "Tilted Arc" from the Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan constituted a breach of contract and violated the free expression and due process rights of the artist. Mr. Schwartz joined Fried Frank in 1992 where he was highly regarded for his representation in the environmental field as well in real estate and private equity. He represented Tishman Speyer in its acquisition of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. It was the largest real estate transaction in the United States at the time. His environmental transactional practice included negotiation of the first prospective purchased agreement in California with Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency. Also known as lover of food and wine, Mr. Schwartz was on the the board of GrowNYC and did pro bono legal work for the non-profit sponsor of "green markets" throughout New York City. Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife Wendy, his sons Isaac, a portfolio manager at Robotti & Company, and Noah, an advisor on the National Security Council staff in Washington, D.C., and his brother Dr. Leslie Schwartz of Juno Beach, Florida. Funeral services will be held at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue in New York on February 24 at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to GrowNYC, 51 Chambers Street, room 228, NY, NY 10007 or to the American Friends of the Mendelsohn Foundation, c/o Susan Bender, Treasurer, 60 W. 57th Street, NY, NY l0019.

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May 16, 2015
Dear Wendy, I'm sorry to have learned so belated of Richard's death. I knew him at Yale, where the words lively, curious, and irrepressible would only begin to describe him. He shall be missed.
William Logan
March 3, 2015
Dear Wendy, I never had the pleasure or the privilege of meeting you or the boys, but I almost felt I had, the way Richard talked about all of you. I met Richard maybe ten years ago as a fellow Mellon Scholar. I always looked forward to discussing music, politics, and family at every Mellon reunion (we shared only two out of three!), and, well, he was simply an amazing person. I would walk away from every encounter reminded that it was my gift and responsibility to live a fully human life.
David Ratzan
March 2, 2015
As you may or may not know I have known Richard for over 20 years as an antiquarian dealer who had the enormous pleasure of helping Richard build his own personal collection. He was my absolutely favourite client and I shall miss our conversations about music, life and politics. My heart goes out to you and your family. He used to talk so proudly of you all.
Lisa Cox
March 2, 2015
Wendy- Richard was my predecessor and mentor at University School NEWS. He taught me about rigor and deadlines and the importance of keeping your word. We collaborated as friends and then I carried on as Editor-in-Chief when he left for Yale. He always had a wry smile that suggested he understood many things the rest of us would never know. I will always remember him for the excellent example he set for me in school and beyond. I share my deepest condolences.
Rob McCreary
February 28, 2015
Dear Wendy, I was deeply saddened to learn of Richard's death. He was a wonderful lawyer, partner and person. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Audrey Strauss
February 26, 2015
Dear Wendy,
I am adding my voice to those who knew Richard and whose lives were enriched by his kind presence. We were friends at Yale, and shared Cleveland roots, played music together in the Yale orchestra, and would meet at reunions, including a Yale orchestra reunion. He was generous with his warmth, kindness, and humor. I will miss him, and send my feelings of sympathy and support to you and your family.
Jim Caron
February 26, 2015
Richard was a special friend. That's about it. We knew each other in high school and college, where impressions formed and stuck. Perhaps my fondest memory was of Richard as our swim team manager at University School. Although never in the pool, Richard knew all of our best times, and quietly, almost impishly, would remind us of the times we needed to hit, just to get a little better, before our big races. How he could keep all these seemingly meaningless numbers in his head amazed me, until I realized that the real reason he did all that: he cared deeply for us, our team, and what we could do together. Richard lived his life fully because he did care so much.
Ed Morrison
February 26, 2015
Deepest sympathy, Isaac, to you and your family for the untimely loss of your excellent father.
Myron, Barbara, & Alec Magnet
February 26, 2015
Dear Isaac and family -- I was very sorry to hear this so-sad news. I recall Richard from St. Bernard's day -- though, alas, we never got to know each other. Please accept my condolences from afar..... Sincerely. jh
Jon Hines
February 25, 2015
Dear Isaac, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences at this difficult time.
John Mihaljevic
February 24, 2015
I'm so sorry to learn of Richard's passing. I knew Richard from my days at Skadden and I always enjoyed catching up with him at Skadden and University of Chicago alumni events. Richard was a fine lawyer and a fine man. I will miss him. My condolences to his family and friends.
Robert Berg
February 24, 2015
My deepest condolences to Wendy, Isaac and Noah. It seems like yesterday when Richard spoke with me with pride and excitement about the accomplishments of his young boys, as well as his devotion for Wendy. In many ways, I patterned my own young fatherhood 20 years ago after his love and commitment to his family. He was a great mentor to me, and later, a great friend. I'll miss him deeply.
Stephen Weiss
February 24, 2015
All my love and warmest wishes are with you, Wendy, at this difficult time.
Alison Dalton
February 24, 2015
I was so sorry to read of Richard's death. He was so kind and did so much for the Council on the Environment (now called GrowNYC). I too will miss him you have my deepest sympathy, Marian Heiskell
February 24, 2015
Richard was a friend since law school, and though in recent years we hadn't seen each other often, when we did we just stepped right back into our conversation. I am terribly sad to learn of his death. I will miss him and remember him. My condolences to all his family and friends.
Martha (Meg) Gifford
February 24, 2015
I was so sorry to learn of Richard's passing. My heartfelt condolences to his wife Wendy, and the entire Swartz family
Stella Strombolis
February 24, 2015
Dear Wendy,

Susan and I are devastated to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our memories of Richard are indelible and priceless.
Gary Johnson
February 24, 2015
I remember. Always. Sic transit gloria mundi. Yet the deeds one does must echo through eternity until judgment.

To his family, I can say:

"May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you;
and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."

Numbers 6:24-26
Alan V. Goldman
February 23, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to Wendy and the Schwartz family.
Stefana Atlas
February 23, 2015
I am very saddened to learn of Richard's passing. He was a good friend during our high school days at University School in Cleveland. My sincere sympathy goes out to the Schwartz family.
David Persky
Tampa, Florida
February 23, 2015
David and I were so sorry to learn of Richard's death. We had not talked to him in many years, but have fond law school memories of a terrifically nice guy. Our condolences.
Paulette Kessler
February 23, 2015
Dear Wendy, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. He will always be with you in your heart, and his love will always surround you. Warm regards, Christine Cameron (Dalton Chorale)
Christine Cameron
February 23, 2015
Eleanor and Bob Juceam join in the mourning of the loss of Richard Schwartz and send deep condolences to the Schwartz family.
Robert and Eleanor Juceam
February 23, 2015
Please except my sincerest condolences. May the God of all comfort give you peace through prayer during this difficult time. Philipians 4:6,7
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