F. Richard Thornton, Dick or Buddha to friends and colleagues, passed away Wednesday, July 26. Dick was a valued member of the Davis Brown family for many years, practicing in government relations. He joined the firm in 1978 and retired in 2005.
Before entering private practice, Dick spent one and half years as State Assistant Attorney General and established the Iowa Consumer Protection Division within that office.
In 1978, when he joined Davis Brown, Dick began his practice as a legislative lobbyist, spending the majority of his time practicing within the State Capitol and before state boards and commissions.
In the legislative arena, Dick played a major role in rewriting many laws important to the citizens of Iowa including the criminal code, banking laws, agriculture laws, and environmental issues involving agriculture. He was instrumental in the passage of the first in the nation riverboat gaming legislation and worked on the progression of that area of law for many years.
Dick served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, he was active in sailboat racing, playing golf, and hunting throughout his career.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, August 5, 5-8pm at Dunn’s Funeral Home and a celebration of life on Sunday, August 6, 12-4pm at the Wakonda Club. More details on the Dunn’s website.