Modest AND Impressive!

[January 16 | 0 Comments | 2921 views]

Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

Last week we had the honor of listening to Dick Ragsdale’s Classification Talk. Dick gave his first talk in 2001 as a new member. He was sponsored by our very own charter member, Keith “Will Twain” Wheelock.

Over the years, Dick has served on our board and also as a two term president of our club. As a matter of fact, Dick was president when many of us (including myself) joined the MRH Rotary Club. I believe that he is one of the reasons that many of us became Rotarians. His service to our club has been monumental. I’m sure that those of us who were present at last week’s talk were both inspired and very moved by his story.

Growing up in Oregon, Richard Ragsdale earned a full football scholarship to attend Stanford University. (A Division One school. No small task!) It was there that he earned his law degree. Prior to that, he studied at the Hong Kong University as a Rotary International Fellow. 

His remembrances were fantastic! Imagine running a play against Hall of Fame great Dick Butkus, or playing with the legendary Gale Sayers. Although Dick is very modest, we know that anyone competing in that company must have been a great player! 

I found Dick’s talk to be captivating in many respects. From his service to our country, to the serendipitous meeting of his wife Cathi, and the pride that shined through his eyes when he talked about his children and grandchildren. 

His credentials are impressive to say the least:

  • Hong Kong University - Rotary International Fellowship. 1965 – 1966.
  • Stanford University Law School - J.D., 1969.
  • New Jersey Bar-1973; California Bar-1973.
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals-1996.
  • Served on the Montgomery Township Zoning Board of Adjustment for six years.
  • Managing Member of the Law Firm - Davidson, Sochor, Ragsdale & Cohen, LLC.
  • Richard Ragsdale was cited as one of the best First Amendment attorneys in New Jersey in the 1991 publication, The Best Lawyers in America
  • Two term president and board member of the Rotary Club of Montgomery Rocky Hill.

We know Dick Ragsdale to be a great athlete; an accomplished attorney; a great husband; father and grandfather. We also know him to be an outstanding citizen of the community and our dear friend.

Yours in Rotary,
Tony Parziale