L. Dickinson, Jr. Obituary

L. Call Dickinson, Jr.
L. Call Dickinson, Jr.

September 22, 2007
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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L. Call Dickinson, Jr. passed away on September 22, 2007 at his home at the Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, Iowa.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Des Moines.

A life-long Des Moines resident, Call was a practicing attorney for 40 years, specializing in business and corporate law, and was a prominent leader in numerous community and corporate affairs. Call was born in Des Moines on August 27, 1931, the son of L. Call Dickinson, Sr. and Marion Carmichael Dickinson, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1949. He attended the University of Iowa, earning a degree in business. While at Iowa, he met Betty Hopkins of Cedar Rapids and they married in 1953. Following his military service, Call attended Drake University Law School and graduated with honors in 1958, earning membership in the Order of the Coif. Call spent his entire legal career with the Des Moines law firm of Dickinson, Throckmorton, Parker, Mannheimer & Raife (now known as Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler and Hagen) where he practiced from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He served on many legal committees, including the Business Law Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association which he chaired during the 1970s when the Committee proposed and drafted extensive legislation which modernized Iowa's corporation, partnership, securities and anti-trust laws. He was also associated for nearly three decades with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, first as a board member and later as its legal counsel.

Commencing with its organization in 1976, he was associated with Life Care Retirement Communities, based in Des Moines, and served as its general counsel and then as board member from 1997-2004. In recent years, he provided leadership which resulted in the development of the Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, which opened in 2005, and lived there until the time of his death. After retiring, Call acted as a volunteer consultant to the Des Moines Development Corporation (later Greater Des Moines Partnership) in the acquisition and management of real estate in the Gateway West and Gateway East projects in cooperation with the City of Des Moines.

He was also member of a number of area clubs and organizations and served on the board of the Des Moines Club and The Wakonda Club, serving as its President in 1984. For many years he and Betty pursued his lifelong love of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and enjoyed their summer home near Ely, Minnesota.

Most importantly, Call was particularly proud of his family, and was a supportive and loving presence in the lives of his children, their spouses, and his five grandsons, including Mark (Heather) Dickinson of Des Moines and their sons, Christopher and Henry; Janet Dickinson of West Des Moines; and Julie (Brian) Davies of Monroe, Connecticut and their sons, Zachary, Jake, and Nick. He is also survived by a sister, Nancy McComb of Omaha. He was preceded in death in 2001 by his wife, Betty, as well as a brother, Roderick Dickinson of Miami, FL.

Before his death, Call created an endowment which founded the Deerfield Lecture Series to bring prominent speakers to the Deerfield Retirement Community, and in lieu of flowers, he requested during his lifetime that any memorials be made to LCRC Foundation (Deerfield Lecture Series), 100 E. Grand, Suite 200, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.


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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
815 High Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Thursday, September 27, 2007
11:00 AM


LCRC Foundation (Deerfield Lecture Series)
100 East Grand, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50309