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Ajay Raju, executive chairman and CEO of Dilworth Paxson. HANDOUT. Ajay Raju, executive chairman and CEO of Dilworth Paxson.

When the news came through late last month that Thomas K. Gilhool, the trailblazing Philadelphia civil rights attorney, had died at the age of 81, I was in the middle of reading a biography of the titanic Pittsburgh philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. As I reflected on the life of Gilhool, who began his legal career at Dilworth Paxson as an indefatigable advocate for the disenfranchised, a particular Carnegie maxim came to mind: “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.”

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