95 Annu. Rep. A.B.A. 565 (1970)
Memorial to Richard Bentley 1894-1970

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1894- 1970
Richard Bentley, deceased June 8, 1970, while a member of this
Board of Governors and fifth Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar A sso-
ciation Journal, had an almost unprecedented relationship to the Ameri-
can Bar Association. Admitted to the bar in Illinois in 1922, dedicated
from the beginning to the potential of the organized bar, he became
within four years Assistant Secretary of the American Bar Association,
an office which he held from 1926 to 1935. He continued his unflagging
devotion to the Association by serving on important committees. When
World War II broke out, he for a second time entered his country's
service (he rose from lieutenant to captain of infantry in World War I),
this time as Navy captain in charge of the Navy's legal assistance
program, in which he brought the services of hundreds of American Bar
Association members to the aid of service men.
He was elected to the Board of Editors of the American Bar Associ-
ation Journal in 1947. He also became a member of the Council of the
Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, chairman of that
Section from 1949 to 1950 and that Section's Delegate in the House of
Delegates from 1950 to 1952. He was an Assembly Delegate to the
House of Delegates from 1954 to 1960. He became a member of the
House again in 1961 when he became Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.
In 1961, following the death of Tappan Gregory, a former President
of this Association, Richard Bentley succeeded him as Editor-in-Chief
of the American Bar Association Journal, and as a member of this Board
of Governors. He filled the position of Editor-in-Chief with great dis-
tinction down to his final days. Membership in the Association increased
phenomenally during this period, an increase stimulated in part by the
excellence of the Journal, which was widely used in membership cam-
A man of exquisite literary tastes and of wide reading, he set high
writing standards for the Journal. His famous 1959 Journal article Eli-
zabethan Whodunit: Who Was William Shakespeare stimulated world-
wide scholarly interest and rejoinder. The compilation of these Shakes-
peare articles in book form is still a good seller not only to lawyers but
to scholars in many lands.
Collateral to all of these American Bar Association achievements,
attained by very few indeed, he filled many other distinguished roles.
He was a member of the Illinois Board of Law Examiners from 1935
to 1939, President of the Chicago Bar Association from 1954 to 1955,
President of the Law Club and Legal Club of Chicago, and President of
the Chicago Bar Association Foundation. He has been President of the
Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Vice President of the New
World Foundation, and trustee of Berea College (Kentucky). He was
also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the
American Law Institute.
Richard Bentley's preparatory education included the Francis W.

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