By Jim Woods, The Columbus Dispatch
Richard Heer Oman, an attorney who helped guide the Columbus Foundation through years of expansive growth, has died.
Oman, 91, who had homes in Columbus and Nantucket, Massachusetts, died on Wednesday in Massachusetts, according to the Columbus Foundation.
A Columbus native, Oman earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University in 1948 and went on to graduate from the university’s Law School in 1951.
Oman was an attorney for Ohio National Bank from 1951 until 1955, when he became a partner at the Isaac, Postlewaite, O’Brien & Oman law firm in Columbus.
He began his work with the Columbus Foundation as a director in 1955 and served through 1978. He remained as its legal counsel until 2005, when he also retired from the Columbus law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where he was a partner from 1991 to 1996. Before joining Vorys, Sater in 1990, he was a partner at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur (and its predecessor firm) from 1972 to 1989.