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December 28, 2015
December 28, 2015

Richard Orlikoff, legal counsel for the Hyde Park Herald and Hyde Park resident for over 60 years, died Thursday, Dec. 10. He was 92.

Orlikoff was born in New Jersey on July 23, 1923 to Samuel and Blanche Orlikoff. After high school he attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Orlikoff attended the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School on a G.I. Bill after serving as communications officer on a U. S. destroyer in World War II. While at the law school he met and married his fellow collegiate Jeanne. They purchased a townhome in the first group of town houses built in Hyde Park during the Urban Renewal of the 1950s.

While in law school, Orlikoff led a movement to establish a legal aid clinic at the U. of C. and continued his efforts as a practicing lawyer. As chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Legal Aid Committee he saw his efforts come to fruition. The Mandel Legal Aid Clinic lists him as its first alumnus, although the clinic did not come into existence until five years after Orlikoff graduated.