When Robert Strauss and Richard Gump started practicing law together in 1945 in Dallas, they had two things going for them — time and Henry Akin.

Akin, who died of pneumonia in Dallas late last week, was the young duo’s secret weapon. Strauss, now 81, says he and Gump had time to spare because Gump & Strauss had so few clients, but Akin took the fledgling lawyers under his wing although he was a partner in another firm down the hall.