Class of 1983

Carl Buchholz headshotCarl Buchholz (posthumous)


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Carl Buchholz was a Philadelphia lawyer and civic leader who died of cancer on May 23, 2016. At the time of his death, Mr. Buchholz was managing partner of the Philadelphia office of DLA Piper International. Before that, he was managing partner of Blank Rome. He was tapped by President George W. Bush to help create the White House Office of Homeland Security after 9/11 and served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. He was a key member of the Bush-Cheney presidential team that litigated the historic Florida recount in 2000 that led to the defeat of Democratic candidates Al Gore and Joe Lieberman.

Mr. Buchholz was known as a man of integrity and determination who strongly believed in service to others. He was devoted to the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey as a past chairman of the board and was named United Way's volunteer of the year in 2011. A five-year member of Drexel's board of trustees, he was also active in the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Committee, the Committee of Seventy, Visit Philadelphia, and the Museum of the American Revolution.