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SPECIAL SECTION--  PART A-- About Dick Lynch

PERSONALITIES: DICK LYNCH, COLES COUNTY CORONER 

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DICK LYNCH--  HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE DAYS

HIGHLIGHTS OF DICK LYNCH'S LIFE AND CAREER

       Annette Lynch graciously loaned the Dick Lynch clipping and picture albums to me for research into the life of her husband. Annette is a Jr. High teacher, but was always a partner with her husband especially when emceeing the Coles County Fair pageants.

       Dick had active high school days. He was big in helping conduct fund raisers for his class and he liked organizing ticket sales and related activities. He was popular in his class. Someone wrote a humorous, but realistic, description of the young Dick Lynch. I would like for you to be able to read it too:

      "Dick is without a doubt the busiest young man in the high school. He is so busy, in fact, that he sometimes finds it very difficult to find the time to get his lessons. Nevertheless, he is a good boy to have around when something needs to be done; he is always willing and able to help with any project or activity. He will certainly be missed when he is no longer a student in the school." The article goes on and describes the many things Dick got involved in while in high school. He even organized the Future Teachers Club to be hallway supervisors, and the plan worked! Mr. Marvin Smith, principal, was relieved of a considerable burden. Dick also liked to decorate for events and got involved in school plays.

DICK LYNCH AT EASTERN

       Dick once gave a speech in October of 1972, to a group of Eastern students when running for coroner.  His speech describes his philosophy while at Eastern. I would, again, like for you to hear this speech.

 

RICHARD H. LYNCH, CORONER SPEAKS TO E.I.U. STUDENTS

       "Thank you, that was a fine introduction, even if I did write it myself.  About my years as a student at Eastern-- I started as a freshman in 1959. I completed all the important courses, card playing, pool shooting, made all the COKE hours, even placed a car across the east entrance of the Union Building, participated in various garment raids on the dorms, and even filled most of the empty garments. However, the administration, while duly noting my efforts, thought I would be happier somewhere else, since my GPA and my weight were the same (Dick was very thin). I tried a second time, with the same results. Finally an Alpha Gam sorority girl (Annette) decided to make me a one woman rehabilitation project. She sent me back to college again; I was accepted as a charter member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and went on to get a degree in Mortuary science. I did reward that Alpha Gam girl, I married her."

       Dick went on and gave very good rationales for voting for him as coroner. He concluded his speech with this: "With what you have heard here today, you students will be able to make your choice on November 7th, remember, vote for Lynch for coroner, he is the best friend you have, because he will be the last to let you down,"

 

 


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