The Legacy of Richardson Dilworth
Richardson Dilworth was known for his integrity; he denounced municipal corruption, supported civil rights, fought segregation in private schools, rallied for public housing and restored much of the city’s history as part of an urban renewal program that would bring the City of Brotherly Love back to life.
In 1933, he founded the law firm of Dilworth Paxson. Dilworth's legacy to the law firm was to see that every decision was guided by devotion to clients, dedication to our community, and a determination to make the tough, but right calls when necessary. Above all, this was to be a meritocracy where advancement was determined by accomplishment, not gender, race, or religious affiliation.
Richardson Dilworth died January 23, 1974 at the age of 75; he was married to Ann Elizabeth Kaufman. They had a daughter, Deborah, and a son, Richardson, Jr.