It is with deep regret that we announce the recent death of Richard W. Lamkin,
partner in charge of our office- in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dick was one of the first employees of George Bailey & Company, having joined the
Detroit office of that predecessor firm in June 1947, after his graduation from the Graduate School
of Business Administration of the University of Michigan. After spending five years in Detroit he
opened our office in Grand Rapids. He headed that office as a manager until 1961, at which time
he was admitted into the partnership.
During the early years of the Grand Rapids office, Dick nurtured our initial modest practice
and, as he and the firm became better and better known to the business community, added
significant new clients. He was active in many of the functions of the Michigan Association of
CPAs, chairing important committees and serving as president of the Western Chapter of the
Association in 1960. He was also active in other accounting organizations and in trade and
Dick made significant contributions to civic affairs in Grand Rapids. A past president of
Junior Achievement of Grand Rapids, he was currently treasurer of the Grand Rapids Symphony
Orchestra, treasurer of the John Ball Park Zoological Society, chairman of the Government
Finance Committee of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of
his golf club. He was slated to be the next president of The Pen Club, a leading businessmen's club
in Grand Rapids, and last year was named Grand Rapids V.I.P. of the week by the leading
local daily newspaper.
Dick's sparkling personality won him a host of warm friendships throughout the firm. He is
sadly missed by all of us. Our loss is second only to that of his lovely widow, Gloria, and of his
children, Dick, Jr., 10; Jeffrey 4; and Lisa, 2.
48 A Memorial by William S. Harter