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Remembering the legacy of Robert Hursh

The staff and board of BOA Editions mourn the passing of Mr. Robert D. Hursh. Mr. Hursh was a passionate advocate for the arts in Rochester, NY, and served as a board member for BOA Editions. We will all greatly miss his good humor and dedication to promoting poetry, literature, and the arts. Robert D. Hursh is the retired Chairman of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, a part of the family of law publishers called collectively, Thomson West. Thomson West is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Thomson Corporation which acquired Lawyers Cooperative in 1989. Mr. Hursh's career with Lawyer's Cooperative Publishing and its associated companies dates from September, 1949 when he joined the Lawyers Cooperative's editorial staff upon graduation from the Law School of the University of Virginia. The following year he was recalled to active duty in the Navy during the Korean conflict and served for two years as a Naval Intelligence Officer. After returning to Lawyers Cooperative, Mr. Hursh was named an Assistant Managing Editor in 1961 and a Managing Editor in 1964. As a member of the company's editorial staff, he specialized in federal and constitutional law, and the law of torts. He is the author of American Law of Products Liability, published in 1961, and co-author of American Law of Products Liability, Second Edition, published in 1974. In 1966 Mr. Hursh transferred to San Francisco as Editor-in-Chief of Bancroft-Whitney Company, the west coast subsidiary of Lawyers Cooperative. He became Vice President of that company in 1968 and President in 1970. In April, 1974 he moved to New York City as President of what is now the Research Institute of America. He held that post until his return to Rochester as Lawyers Cooperative's President and Chief Operating Officer in January, 1984. He served as Chairman following the acquisition of the company by the Thomson Corporation in 1989. Mr. Hursh was a former Chairman and President of the Board of Managers of the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Chairman of the Honorary Board of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and a member of the Honorary Board of Monroe Community College, the Boards of Rochester's Child, the Rochester Public Library, the Rundel Library Foundation, the Hochstein Music School, the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and BOA, Ltd., a non-profit press specializing in publishing poetry. He served on the Executive Committee of the member of the Board of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and St. Mary's Hospital Foundation. He was also a former President of the Monroe County Bar Foundation, and a former Vice-President of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation. He was also a member of the Library and Business Advisory Committees of the University of Virginia Law School.
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