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Richard Schauer Obituary
September 18, 1929 - May 10, 2017 Retired Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Presiding Justice of Division Seven of the California Court of Appeal, the Honorable Justice Richard ("Dick") Schauer passed peacefully on May 10, 2017, at his home in Bellevue, Washington, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. Born in Los Angeles on September 18, 1929, Richard Schauer spent his youth fishing and hunting, and crewed fishing charters as a part-time job throughout his high school and college years. Richard graduated from Occidental College in 1951 where he was a Rhodes Scholar nominee and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also enjoyed playing on the football and tennis teams. While in college he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving from 1950 to 1952. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Richard attended the UCLA School of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review. He was later voted "Alumnus of the Year" by the UCLA School of Law and named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a distinction reserved for one-third of one percent of the lawyers in each state. In 1963, he married the love of his life, Loretta (Choy) Schauer, and they would remain happily married for fifty-four years. That same year, Richard was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by California Governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, Sr. Then in 1965, Judge Schauer was elevated to Superior Court, becoming one of the youngest judges in California history. Judge Schauer was recognized as the "Judge of the Year" by the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association in 1976. Two years later, Judge Schauer was elected as the presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. In that position, he was the first presiding judge in California history to also be the son of a presiding judge. Judge Schauer's father, Justice B. Rey Schauer, also served as presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court and later became a justice on the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. In 1982, Judge Schauer was appointed by California Governor Edmond G. Brown, Jr. to serve as the first presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven. After retiring from the bench in 1984, Justice Schauer re-entered private practice as a partner with Sidley & Austin in Century City, California, practicing business law and serving as a mediator and arbitrator. Richard and his wife Loretta traveled widely, focusing their adventures on visiting remote parts of the world exploring exotic societies, places, and wildlife in over sixty countries and all seven continents. Richard was also an avid sportsman. Well into his seventies Richard was able to out-fish and out-hunt others many decades his junior. Richard's legacy continues through his son Steven Schauer; his daughters Kimberly (John) DiGiovanni and Stacey (Dan) Donlan; his adopted son Douglas's (Margaret) children, Christina and Bradford Kubojiri; his grandchildren Kelsey, Brent, Ryan Donlan, and Jesse, Tia, Sabrina DiGiovanni; and his great-grandson Garrett Inglese. Richard Schauer will be remembered by his family as a strong and respected, but gentle and loving patriarch, whose wisdom and zest for life touched all around him. An intimate celebration of life was held near his Bellevue, Washington home on May 21st, 2017. Another celebration of life will take place in the Court of Appeal courtroom located on the third floor of the Ronald Reagan State Building at 300 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 on June 12th, 2017 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Justice Schauer's honor to the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation at 2131 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 or online at www.cjlf.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 23 to May 28, 2017
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