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HOLMES, ALLEN C. - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

HOLMES, ALLEN C. (27 May 1920-31 Nov. 1990), a national expert in antitrust law, began practicing law at JONES, DAY, REAVIS & POGUE in 1944 and became managing partner 1 Jan. 1975. Called the most powerful man in Cleveland by Town & Country magazine in 1981, he received such awards as the Statesman Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Cleveland (1982), the Charles Eisenmann Award from the JEWISH COMMUNITY FEDERATION (1983), and the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews (1987). Holmes was born in Bethel, Ohio, and received his A.B. from University of Cincinnati (1941) and J.D. from the University of Michigan (1944). He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Joining Jones Day upon graduation, he was made a senior partner in 1954. Before retiring in 1985, as managing partner Holmes had expanded the firm from 170 locally-based lawyers to 420 in 6 cities. Holmes belonged to the State Bar of Ohio and the District of Columbia Bar.

Holmes served on the CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY board of trustees from 1971 until his death, as vice-chair (1975-82), chair (1983-87), and honorary trustee (1989-90). Holmes chaired WVIZ (Channel 25) Channel 25 and headed the KULAS FOUNDATION; served on the boards of the DIAMOND SHAMROCK CORP.RATION, the SHERWIN WILLIAMS CO., Kaiser Foundation Health Plans, and the NATIONAL CITY CORP.; and participated in leadership roles with the following local organizations: CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC, the CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART, the MUSICAL ARTS ASSN., the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Cuyahoga Community Hospital, the GREATER CLEVELAND GROWTH ASSN., UNITED WAY SERVICES, UNIVERSITY CIRCLE, INC., and the SHAKER HEIGHTS School Board.

He married Louise Quirk on 2 Sept. 1944; they had 4 sons, William P., Peter A., Thomas T. and Douglas Q. Holmes died in his home in Bratenahl. In his memory, CWRU set up the Allen C. and Louise Q. Holmes Endowment Fund.

Last Modified: 25 May 2012 09:26:45 AM

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