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Richard C. (Dick) Sorlein

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Richard C. (Dick)
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Sorlein
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United States of America
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85
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1922-06-23
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Minneapolis, Minnesota., United States of America
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2008-01-07
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Shannondell in Audubon, Montgomery County, United States of America

Memo(s)

   With the death of Richard C. Sorlien, Sierra County suffers another loss. Although he lived and worked in Philadelphia, Richard Sorlien kept much of his love of life centered at his Alaska Mine property in Pike City. There he planted thousands of trees including 3,000 Sierra Redwoods after the fire of 1959 swept through. Now there is a thriving grove with trees five feet in diameter and over one hundred feet tall. Many individual trees are dedicated to members of the Sorlien clan standing as regal memorials to people Dick Sorlien loved.
Dick Sorlien also served on the Sixteen-to-One board of directors for many years, lending his legal experience to that enterprise. As a tax and commercial law attorney with Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz for 46 years, Dick lived in nearby Villanova, PA. He was a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law (1949) with a three and a half year interruption in his academic career for service as a U.S. Navy officer in WW II.
When not in his office or in Pike, Sorlien was apt to be on a tennis court, somewhere in the world. He started playing the game at age seven on a grass court at his home in Minnesota and continued with a fine career of amateur tennis throughout his life. Periodically, he would appear at the Downieville court and challenge the kids to a game while he gave them a lesson both in tennis and deportment. Mr. Sorlien was a gentleman on and off the court. His love and support of tennis included contributions to the Downieville Tennis and Education Association program which he called the best one-court program in the country.
A long time officer of the United States Tennis Association, Mr. Sorlien competed at the US Nationals at Forest Hills, the All England Championships at Wimbledon and he won the 1982 60s Singles International Tennis Federation World Championships in Australia. He was team captain and played in many international team events and was a nationally ranked player in age group play throughout his tennis career.
Surviving Mr. Sorlien are his wife Rebecca S. Drury, children Sandy, Christopher and Eric Sorlien and Charlotte McLaughlin; grandchildren Mariel Sorlien and Patri McLaughlin; sister Katherine Holman, and nephew, Cai Sorlien. He was predeceased by his brothers Kenneth and Robert Sorlien.

http://www.origsix.com/news.asp?id=306
   Richard C. Sorlien, 85, of Villanova, a lawyer and an amateur tennis champion who promoted the game for more than 50 years, died of a neurological illness Monday at Shannondell in Audubon, Montgomery County, where he had resided since October.

Mr. Sorlien began playing tennis at age 7 on a makeshift court in St. Cloud, Minn. He first competed nationally in high school and later won a New England Intercollegiate Tennis Championship doubles title. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force and won an Air Force tennis championship in the Philippines.In 1948, Mr. Sorlien's debut in a major men's tournament ended when he lost to the year's No. 1 U.S. player, Pancho Gonzales, at the Newport Casino Invitational in Rhode Island. For the next 20 years, Mr. Sorlien competed in most major grass-court events, including 12 years at the U.S. Tennis Nationals in Forest Hills, N.Y., and at Wimbledon. Locally, he won several Philadelphia District clay-court championships in the 1950s and won the title for five years straight in the 1960s.

He was a three-time finalist in the Wimbledon Veterans' Doubles in the 45-and-older category. He won 10 U.S. titles in senior divisions, and in 1982 he won the 60s Singles International Tennis Federation World Championship in Australia. He continued to compete in senior events until he was 82, his daughter Sandy said.

A member of the Merion Cricket Club for 57 years, Mr. Sorlien was past president of the Philadelphia and Suburban Lawn Tennis Association and the Middle States Lawn Tennis Association. He cofounded the Gold Cup, a youth tennis program in Philadelphia, and in 1970 helped establish the Philadelphia Tennis Center in West Mount Airy. For 40 years he was active with the U.S. Tennis Association and served on its committee of management.

He also served on the board of the International Lawn Tennis Club of the United States. The Sorlien Cup, named in his honor, is awarded to the winner of an annual open-age competition between the International Lawn Tennis Clubs of Canada and the United States.

http://articles.philly.com/2008-01-13/news/2525300

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Matches in database: 167
Victories in database: 88
Tournaments won in database: 13

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Coss, Tim d. Sorlein, Richard C. (Dick) (2-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 9-7)


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