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When Robert Strauss and Richard Gump started practicing law together in1945 in Dallas, they had two things going for them — time and Henry D.Akin. Akin took the fledgling lawyers under his wing even though he was apartner in another firm down the hall. “Henry Akin was a fellow who waskind to everyone and he was wise enough to know that we were decent andsensed well enough to know we needed help,” Strauss recalls. Two decadeslater, Akin was looking for a new firm and the firm Strauss and Gumpfounded was losing its most prominent partner. At age 66, Akin could havechosen retirement, but he joined his old friends Strauss and Gump in 1966.Akin is no longer the first person in the office, but lawyers at Akin, Gumpand family members agree he has retained much of his well-known wit. Thisweek he turned 100. Akin’s daughter says her father still goes into theoffice because he thoroughly enjoys his work. “He is just one of the luckypeople that just adored his work and there aren’t a whole lot of people whodo, especially now,” she says.

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