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Richard H. Senter

Died: Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Richard H. Senter, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Born in 1919 in Santa Fe, N.M., Mr. Senter was educated in the Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Wayne State University, where he earned his A.B. and J.D.

From 1942 until 1969, Mr. Senter was a special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assignments in Connecticut, New York and Detroit.

During World War II, he was involved in counter-espionage work for the FBI. After the war, he took part in investigations of labor racketeering, violations of federal banking and tax law, and personnel security clearance for federal appointees.

From 1969 until 1979, Mr. Senter served as the grievance administrator for the State Bar Association of Michigan.

After retiring, he maintained a private law practice, serving mainly indigent clients, until 1999.

Mr. Senter was a long-term member of Central Woodward Christian Church, where he served on the board of deacons and the board of elders.

While residing in Grosse Pointe Woods, he belonged to the Grosse Pointe United Church.

He served on the board of directors of Delta Dental of Michigan and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Wayne State University School of Law. He served as a court appointed overseer for Royal Oak Township, and he previously had served on the library commission for the City of Highland Park.

When his sons were young, Mr. Senter was active as a Boy Scout troop leader.

He is survived by his four children, Richard (Mary), Stephen (Debby), Robin (Peter) McKenna and Laurel (David) Jeris; and seven grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Hortie.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the William R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham.

Interment is in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Empire.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Scholarship Fund, Law School, Wayne State University, 471 West Palmer, Detroit, MI 48202.
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