HENRY NOLTE

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NOLTE--Henry R. Jr., died on June 30, 2014 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan at the age of 90. He was born in New York City on March 3, 1924. He attended Duke University in 1941 and joined the US Navy. He served in the Pacific during World War II on an attack transport as a Lieutenant J.G. He graduated from Duke in 1947 and received an L.L.B. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949. He joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore as an associate. In 1961 he joined Ford Motor Co., becoming General Counsel of Philco, a Ford subsidiary, in 1962. He then returned to the Ford headquarters as Assistant General Counsel of Ford. In 1967 he went to Europe as General Counsel of Ford of Europe, which consolidated the various European Ford divisions. This was a wonderful opportunity for him and his family to enjoy living abroad. In 1974 he became Vice President and General Counsel of Ford Motor Co.; this was an extremely fulfilling job with many challenges which he enjoyed. He retired from Ford in 1989 and became Chairman of Miller Canfield, a Michigan law firm, for five years. He was a director of Charter One Bank and on the Board of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Cranbrook Education Community, Gulfstream Golf Club, and the Ocean Club of Florida. He is survived by his beloved wife Frances of 63 years, and four adoring children: his son Henry Reed Nolte, and daughters Gwynne Conn, Jennifer Stevens, and Suzanne Saunders. In addition, he is also survived by eight grandchildren: Diana Conn; Hannah, Emma, and Henry Nolte; Suzanna and Alexandra Stevens; and Isabella and Ethan Saunders. He was a wonderful family man, and a great father and grandfather. He loved bird shooting in England, Denmark and Spain with his wife, who did watercolor painting. He also loved playing tennis and golf with his children and having wonderful family holidays in Florida at their house at the Ocean Club.

Published in The New York Times on July 2, 2014
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