In Memoriam

Arthur T. von Mehren, 1922-2006
A comparative scholar beyond compare

David Westfall, 1927-2005
A passion for teaching


1930-39 | 1940-49 | 1950-59 | 1960-69 | 1970-79 | 1980-89

1920-1929
David Teitelbaum '29 of New York City died Aug. 3, 2005. A corporate attorney, he helped found the Brooklyn Philharmonic in 1954 and served as its first president. He was a partner at Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine in New York City and served on the Temporary Commission on City Finances in the 1970s, during New York's fiscal crisis. From 1961 to 1968, he was chairman of the board of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

James A. Velde '29 of Lake Forest, Ill., died June 8, 2005. Formerly of Lake Bluff, he was a longtime partner at Gardner, Carton & Douglas in Chicago, and he continued to go into the office until the age of 90. In the early 1970s, he was president of the Chicago Bar Association. He was also director of United Charities of Chicago.

1930-1939
James J. Weinstein '31 of Quechee, Vt., died Oct. 20, 2005. He was a founder of SnowSports Industries America, a national ski trade organization, and served as its corporate counsel for four decades. He was in private practice in 1954 when he helped a client organize the National Ski Equipment and Clothing Association, which later became Ski Industries America. He also organized the National Ski Credit Association, a credit reporting agency, and was legal counsel to the New England Sporting Goods Agents Association and the American Windsurfing Industries Association. At 98, he helped write a 50-year history of the SIA trade show.

Myron K. Wilson '31 of Prescott, Ariz., died Nov. 8, 2005. A longtime resident of Larchmont, N.Y., he was a solo practitioner, specializing in estates and trusts and real estate law. He also served as counsel for the Westchester County Chamber Music Society.

Frank W. Hubby III '32 of Old Black Point, Conn., and Princeton, N.J., died Nov. 4, 2005. For 50 years, he was an attorney with Breed, Abbott & Morgan in New York City, where he focused his practice on estates, trusts and corporate real estate law. From 1955 to 1965, he was a member of the Princeton Borough Zoning Board.

John W. McPherson '32 of Bryn Mawr, Pa., died July 13, 2005. He was of counsel to the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Philadelphia, where he specialized in real estate. He was a longtime trustee of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and a director of the Harriton Association, which oversees the Bryn Mawr home of Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congress. He was also president of the Scotch-Irish Foundation.

John D. Cartano '34 of Bellevue, Wash., died July 19, 2005. A longtime Seattle lawyer, he helped found Cartano, Botzer & Chapman, where he specialized in personal injury cases. He was president of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, a member of the steering committee that brought the World's Fair to Seattle in 1962 and manager of Dwight Eisenhower's 1956 presidential campaign in Washington state. He commanded a PT boat during WWII and received the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor for helping rescue 35 survivors from the USS John Penn, after the transport ship was torpedoed by Japanese aircraft off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1943.

E. Spencer Miller '34 of Portland, Maine, died Aug. 12, 2005. For more than 25 years, he was president of Maine Central Railroad. He joined the railroad's legal staff in 1940 and was named president in 1952. During his tenure, he fought to keep the railroad independent and successfully resisted takeover attempts by other railroads to create a consolidated system. After his retirement, Maine Central became a part of Guilford Rail System. He later was a consultant to Maine Central Railroad and Ashland Oil Co. He also served as director of the First National Bank of Boston, Maine National Bank and Association of American Railroads.

Norman Miller '34-'35 of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Livingston, N.J., died Jan. 7, 2005.

Alvin F. Klein '35 of New York City died Oct. 11, 2005. For more than 25 years, he served in the New York court system, first as a civil court judge and later as a justice on the Supreme Court. After retiring from the bench, he served as an arbitrator and then a judicial hearing officer. He retired for the second time in 2004 at the age of 93. He was a trustee of the East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue in New York City.

John M. Robinson '35 of Pebble Beach, Calif., died March 5, 2005. He was a partner at Musick, Peeler & Garrett in Los Angeles, where he specialized in corporate, commercial, real estate, and oil and gas law. He was a director of Trust Company of the West, St. John d'el Rey Mining Co. and MAPCO.

Donald J. Ball '36 of Jamesville, N.Y., died Sept. 17, 2005. He was in private practice in New York and also served as comptroller of Rudolph Brothers' Jewelers until 1963. A 60-year member of the New York State Bar Association, he was also active in many civic and philanthropic organizations.

Michael L. Supnik '36 of Delray Beach, Fla., died Oct. 4, 2005. He was a partner in a two-lawyer firm in Syracuse, N.Y., where he worked principally in commercial and bankruptcy law.

Richard S. Baxter '36-'37 of Peterborough, N.H., died April 8, 2005. Formerly of New York, he was of counsel at DeForest & Duer in New York City.

Samuel B. Andrews '37 of Lexington, Mass., died Oct. 21, 2005. Formerly of Rockport, Mass., he worked for the federal government, retiring in 1972.

Duane C. Frisbie '37 of Seattle died May 11, 2005. He was president of Western PrePaid Legal Services and Western Motor Association.

John B. Harriman '37 of North Andover, Mass., died Aug. 11, 2005. He was vice president of Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Co. He also worked as senior vice president at Bank of New England, where he was head of the trust department. A resident of North Andover for more than 60 years, he was chairman of the North Andover School Building Committee. He also was president of the Boston Life Insurance and Trust Council, now known as the Boston Estate Planning Council. During WWII, he served as a captain on an aircraft carrier.

Alfred J. McDowell '37 of Alton, N.H., died Sept. 15, 2005. Formerly of Abington, Pa., he was senior partner at Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia. He joined the firm in 1946 and specialized in corporate tax law. He moved to New Hampshire in 1974 and was of counsel to Heard & Porch in Alton, where he focused on taxes and estate planning. Earlier in his career, he clerked for the Tax Court of New Jersey and for the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C.

John S. Monagan '37 of Washington, D.C., died Oct. 23, 2005. A Democrat, he represented Connecticut for seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives beginning in 1958. In the 1960s, he was chairman of a government operations subcommittee that helped uncover irregularities in the Federal Housing Administration's financing of the Housing Renewal Program. He also was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and president of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. In 1972, he helped open the Washington, D.C., office of Whitman & Ransom, where he was a partner. From 1943 to 1947, he was mayor of Waterbury, Conn. He wrote opinion pieces and articles for several newspapers and wrote biographies of the Rev. Horace McKenna and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Kenneth O. Rhodes '37 of Pasadena, Calif., died Aug. 23, 2005. For more than 30 years, he was a solo practitioner in Los Angeles, before joining Taylor, Kupfer, Summers & Rhodes as a partner in 1979. He also served as a referee in juvenile court. Beginning at the age of 35, he devoted a third of his time to volunteer work and was associated with many charities and educational institutions, including Family Services of Los Angeles, the Hathaway Home for Children and the Legal Aid Foundation. He traveled extensively with his wife, trekking in the Himalayas three times and visiting every continent, including Antarctica aboard a Russian icebreaker when he was in his 80s.

Mervin N. Bachman '39 of Palo Alto, Calif., died Aug. 22, 2005. Formerly of Chicago, he began his career as a National Labor Relations Board attorney before joining Arvey, Hodes, Costello & Burman in Chicago in 1953. He worked for the firm for 30 years, representing management in collective bargaining negotiations and serving as head of its labor department. He also served as chairman of the Illinois Industrial Commission, now the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, and as a member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

Alfred M. Nittle '39 of Bradenton, Fla., died Nov. 4, 2003. He was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee and Internal Security Committee in Washington, D.C. In the 1960s, he was counsel to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Earlier in his career, he was in private practice in Pennsylvania and served as assistant district attorney in Northampton County, Pa. He also served in the U.S. Army in London.

Frank Untermyer '39-'40 of Deerfield, Ill., died Oct. 10, 2004. He was professor emeritus of political science and African and African-American studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He also taught at the University of Ghana. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

1940-1949
Everett A. Eisenberg '40 of Delray Beach, Fla., died Sept. 4, 2005. He was a solo practitioner in New York City, specializing in international commercial transactions. During WWII, he was a pilot in the South Pacific.

Jules A. Karp '40 of Manchester, Conn., died Feb. 23, 2005. He was a partner at Lessner Rottner Karp & Plepler in Manchester, where he specialized in real property and zoning laws, and then a solo practitioner. He also served as counsel to a savings and loan and taught real estate law at the University of Connecticut. After retiring, he taught commercial law at Manchester Community College and conducted pretrial proceedings and trials of civil nonjury cases as a state trial referee.

John F. Lang '40 of New York City died Oct. 5, 2005. He was a partner and later of counsel at Hill, Betts & Nash in New York City. Active in the International Bar Association, he was co-editor of the IBA Maritime Law Manual. In 1989, he was knighted by the president of the Republic of Liberia for services in connection with Liberia's ship registration program. He served in the U.S. Navy as a captain of three different vessels in antisubmarine warfare.

John W. Lowe '40 of Salt Lake City died Dec. 28, 2004. He was a partner at Brayton, Lowe & Hurley in Salt Lake City and general counsel of First Federal Savings Bank. He was also sole proprietor of Lowe & Associates and then senior partner at Lowe & Arnold, specializing in corporate law at both firms. He was president of the Salt Lake City Rotary Club and the Alta Club, a private social club in Salt Lake City. He also served as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Norman Moloshok '40 of Ardsley, N.Y., died Sept. 1, 2005. He specialized in litigation as a partner at the New York City law firm of Delson & Gordon.

L. Harry Weill '40 of Chattanooga, Tenn., died June 22, 2005. He practiced law for more than 60 years and was senior partner at Weill, Durand and Long in Chattanooga. A lifelong skier, at 87, he continued to ski with his children and grandchildren in North and South America and in Europe. After graduating from HLS, he was counsel to one of the WWII Selective Service Boards. Rather than accepting an exemption from military service due to his position, he enlisted in the U.S. Army with Hamilton County's first group of inductees. During WWII, he served in military intelligence and later as a B-29 pilot, flying bombing missions in Guam.

L. Kellsey Dodd II '40-'41 of West Hartford, Conn., died Sept. 8, 2005. For 35 years, he was employed by Stanadyne Automotive Corp. in Hartford. He was president of the West Middle School Committee, now ConnectiKids, where he was also a tutor. During WWII, he served as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Wichita and attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

Thomas H. Ahrens '41 of New York City died Oct. 4, 2005. He was a professor of hotel and restaurant management at New York City College of Technology, where he spent decades teaching students about wines, hotel law and dining room management. For many years, he led the college's study abroad program. From 1946 to 1990, he wrote scripts on wine, gastronomy and music for Eddie Gallaher's morning radio show in Washington, D.C. He was an active member of many organizations in Paris, and in 1976, he was awarded the Medal of the City of Paris, France. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army.

John C. Firmin '41 of Findlay, Ohio, died May 30, 2005. For more than 50 years, he was an attorney in Findlay, where he lived for 74 of his 88 years. In 1946, he began his law practice, which became Firmin, Sprague & Huffman. Active in the community, he was a government appeal agent for the Selective Service System and Findlay's law director, and he served on the Findlay Board of Education. During WWII, he was a special agent in counterespionage for the FBI in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City and New York City.

Daniel M. Gribbon '41 of Washington, D.C., died Nov. 3, 2005. A partner and later senior counsel at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., he focused his practice in antitrust, tax and commercial law and litigation and was chairman of the firm's management committee. He argued many times before the U.S. Supreme Court, and one of his cases, Upjohn Co. v. United States, set legal precedent by expanding the scope of a corporation's attorney-client privilege. He was chairman of the Advisory Committee on Procedures for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was also president of the Metropolitan Club and the Historical Society of the D.C. Circuit. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy and was legal secretary for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

George J. Hayer '41 of Greenfield, Mass., died Nov. 15, 2005. A Massachusetts Superior Court judge, he served on the court from 1972 until 1985. Prior to his judicial appointment, he was a partner at Hayer, Callahan and Shea in Greenfield. He was Greenfield's town moderator for more than 20 years, and he also served on the town's school committee. During WWII, he was a combat intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces in campaigns in the Southern Philippines, Northern Solomon Islands and New Guinea and received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and the American Defense Service Medal.

Bert T. Kobayashi '43 of Honolulu died Oct. 6, 2005. He was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii from 1969 to 1979. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney general for Gov. John A. Burns and helped mediate several dock strikes that threatened to cripple the state's economy. From 1948 to 1962, he was in private practice. After retiring from the bench, he continued to work as a mediator. He was also president of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Herbert F. Schmelzer '46 of New York City died Nov. 10, 2004. He was a solo practitioner, specializing in corporate litigation.

Robert M. Ewing '46-'48 of Portland, Maine, died June 10, 2005. He was a planning consultant before his retirement in 1978.

William D. Hart Jr. '47 of New Canaan, Conn., died Nov. 1, 2005. He was associated with several law firms during his career, including Bleakley Platt & Schmidt and later Whitman & Ransom. A longtime resident of New Canaan, he was a member for many years and then chairman of the town's planning and zoning commission. During WWII, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Heyward L. Edwards in the Pacific.

Page M. Anderson '48 of Honolulu died Oct. 13, 2005. For more than four decades, he practiced property law in Hawaii and was a partner of Anderson Wrenn and Jenks, now known as Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifel, in Hawaii. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the Northern Mariana Islands during WWII.

Warren L. Ashmead '48 of Hamilton, N.Y., died Sept. 24, 2005. He was a solo practitioner in Hamilton, where his practice focused on estate planning and probate, and real estate law.

Bernard Axelrad '48 of Marina del Rey, Calif., died Oct. 1, 2005. He was a trustee and later acting administrator of Casper Mills Scholarship Foundation.

Robert S. Davis '48 of Providence, R.I., died May 14, 2005. A corporate attorney and an advocate for children and education, he was an attorney at Edwards & Angell in Providence for more than 40 years. He headed the firm's corporate department and was chairman of its executive committee. In 1992, he was appointed to the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, and in 1995, he was named chairman of Rhode Island Children's Crusade for Higher Education. He was a director of many business and civic boards, and chairman of the board of the Providence Athenaeum and Roger Williams Hospital. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

Harold I. Kaplan '48 of Palm Beach, Fla., died Oct. 28, 2005. Formerly of New Jersey, he was a patent attorney for 46 years and a managing partner at Blum Kaplan in New York City. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army as an engineering officer with the Air Transport Command in Iceland, attaining the rank of captain.

Sumner S. "Stan" Koch '48 of Grand Rapids, Minn., died Feb. 20, 2005. He was a longtime partner at White, Koch, Kelly & McCarthy in Santa Fe, N.M., where he lived for many years. He served on the Board of Bar Examiners from 1963 to 1980, and he was president of the Santa Fe County School Board. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific.

Herbert Lasky '48 of Santa Rosa, Calif., died March 14, 2005. He practiced workers' compensation law in Fairfield, Calif.

Denis Maguire '48 of Whitefield, Maine, died Nov. 14, 2005. Formerly of Westford, Mass., he practiced law at the Boston firm of Harrison & Maguire, now known as Robinson & Cole, for 43 years, and specialized in real estate law. He devoted many hours to Greater Boston Legal Services, where he served in several executive positions. The Boston Bar Association and the Volunteer Lawyers Project both named awards in his honor. A secretary of Boston Five Cents Savings Bank, he was also a 30-year member of Westford's Planning Board and helped create its current zoning bylaws. During WWII, he served as an air cadet in the U.S. Navy and later as a navigator for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Donald L. Philbrick '48 of Scarborough, Maine, died Sept. 12, 2005. A longtime Portland attorney, he specialized in real estate and probate law. He began his career at the firm now known as Verrill & Dana, before opening his own practice in Portland. He was president of the Maine State Bar Association Mutual Title Insurance Co. and the Maine Historical Society and vice president of New England Historic Genealogical Society. During WWII, he served as a German interpreter with the U.S. Army Reserve's 95th Infantry Division and received the Purple Heart and four battle stars. In 1951, he returned to military service as a Maine Air National Guardsman in Libya.

Francis E. Silva Jr. '48 of Hingham, Mass., died May 11, 2005. He was a partner at Warner & Stackpole in Boston.

Leonard W. Tuft '48 of New York City died Nov. 11, 2005. He was an executive vice president of RCA, where he negotiated commercial satellite agreements. After working for the company for 37 years, he retired to practice law. As a delegate of Nassau County to the 1960 Democratic National Convention, he was the sole dissenter to the presidential nomination of John F. Kennedy, preferring Adlai E. Stevenson. He earned two Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Flying Cross as a navigator during WWII.

J. Elmer Weisheit '48 of Lutherville, Md., died July 7, 2005. He practiced real estate law in Towson, Md., and was counsel to the Baltimore County planning and zoning boards. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific.

William C. Jones '49 of St. Louis died Sept. 16, 2005. A Washington University law professor and acting dean and a Chinese law scholar, he taught contracts and comparative law for 40 years and translated the principal legal code of the last Chinese dynasty, "The Great Qing Code." He also edited "Basic Principles of Civil Law in China." Prior to his appointment at the university, he was an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior. He also taught at a number of other universities, including China's Wuhan University and Nanjing University.

William J. Moss '49 of Garrison, N.Y., died Sept. 25, 2005. A longtime partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City, he joined the firm in 1949, became a partner 10 years later and was of counsel beginning in 1996. His clients included the Salvation Army, and in 1989, he received the organization's Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service. In 1999, he was honored with its Evangeline Booth Award for "outstanding service by an exceptional individual for 50 years." He was president of the Garrison Union Free School PTA and chairman of the board of the former Butterfield Memorial Hospital. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army in North Africa and Italy and attained the rank of captain. Among other military distinctions, he received the Medal of Honor, the Bronze Star with cluster for valor and the Purple Heart. He continued in the U.S. Army Reserve through the 1950s.

1950-1959
Mark H. Berger '50 of New York City died July 27, 2005. He was a partner at Berger & Ackman in New York City. He served on the board of trustees and executive committee of Polytechnic University, his alma mater, and was chairman of its education committee.

Richard F. Hart '50 of Glencoe, Ill., died Oct. 26, 2005. He spent his law career with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Chicago, where he practiced trusts and estates law. Before attending law school, he served in the research division of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. In 1954, he survived a KLM airplane crash off the coast of western Ireland that killed 28 of the 56 people on board. A golfer, he played at Lake Shore Country Club at the same tee time with the same foursome every Saturday and Sunday for nearly 50 years. During WWII, he served as a tech sergeant in the Signal Corps in the South Pacific.

Robert Zuckerman '50 of Ellicott City, Md., died Jan. 16, 2005. He practiced corporate and publishing law in New York City before moving to Maryland.

Patrick B.M. McCormick '50-'51 of Woodland Hills, Calif., died July 29, 2005. He was a comedian and writer for "The Tonight Show" and performed in many skits, including one as a diaper-clad, 6'7", overweight New Year's baby, and he once streaked naked across the set in 1974 during one of Johnny Carson's opening monologues. McCormick wrote for or performed on several television shows, including "Candid Camera" and "The Gong Show." He also wrote and voiced hundreds of commercials for radio and appeared in "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" and in several "Smokey and the Bandit" movies. After attending HLS, he sold magazine advertising space in Cleveland before landing a job as a writer for "The Jack Paar Show." From 1946 to 1948, he served in the U.S. Army.

Robert W. Bjork '52 of Greenwich, Conn., died Oct. 23, 2005. For 50 years, he worked in New York City as a litigator, prosecutor, financial consultant and money manager. He began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1956. He returned to private practice and then helped found what is now known as MacKay Shields Financial Corp. A board member of five publicly held corporations, for the last eight years he was affiliated with Jefferson Financial Group in Stamford, Conn. He was a founding member of the Princeton Tigertones, a men's a cappella group that has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy as a weatherman and aboard the USS Alcore in the Pacific.

Bernard Bressler '52 of Morristown, N.J., died Sept. 17, 2005. A founding partner of Bressler, Amery & Ross, he focused his practice on corporate and securities law and commercial litigation. He was a co-editor of the "New York Lawyers Manual" and a tax annotator for "Nichols Cyclopedia of Forms." He was also chairman of the New Jersey Public Interest Law Center, a trustee of the Community Theatre in Morristown and a mentor in Rutgers University's prelaw program. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Charles Dibble '53 of Chehalis, Wash., died Sept. 9, 2005. He was a consultant to regional cities and was Snohomish County's labor relations consultant for 10 years. In 1970, he was a city administrator in Edmonds, and in 1983, he was the first city manager of Mill Creek, serving from the town's incorporation in 1983 to November 1984. During WWII, he was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

Jerry Fink '53 of North Huntingdon, Pa., died May 3, 2005. He was assistant secretary and deputy legal counsel for Air America, a CIA-owned air carrier, from the mid-1950s to the 1970s. He later worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and was the legal adviser for the International Narcotics Control Program. He also advised the Office of Contract Management and the Office of Housing Loan Guarantees. From 1955 to 1957, he was a civilian attorney in the secretary of the Air Force general counsel's office in Washington, D.C. During WWII, he was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He continued in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of major before retiring from military service in 1968.

David E. McGiffert '53 of Washington, D.C., died Oct. 12, 2005. He was a Washington, D.C., lawyer and was undersecretary of the U.S. Army during the antiwar protests and racial confrontations of the 1960s. In 1967, he formed a civil disturbance steering committee, with assistance from then Deputy Attorney General Warren Christopher, to review and coordinate the domestic role of the federal military. He later served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs under President Carter and was a principal negotiator for the administration's efforts to maintain military security in the Middle East. He began his career in government in 1962 as Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's assistant for legislative affairs. He joined the Washington, D.C., firm of Covington & Burling in 1953, became a partner in 1969 and retired in 1995. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the boards of the Atlantic Council and the Center for Naval Analysis. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy.

G. Michael Bache '54 of Lavallette, N.J., died Aug. 8, 2005. A foreign service officer for more than 30 years, he began his diplomatic career in 1951 and was posted as an economic officer in Pusan, South Korea. He also worked in Germany, the Ivory Coast, Sweden and Washington, D.C., as well as at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. From 1958 to 1961, he worked in his family's investment brokerage firm, later known as Prudential-Bache. After retiring from the foreign service in 1982, he began a second career as a financial planner. A cellist, he played with the Garden State Philharmonic. He was a member of Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947.

Sanford Saideman '54 of New York City died Jan. 31, 2005. He was of counsel at Kridel & Neuwirth in New York City, where he focused his practice on estate planning and probate law.

Alexander J. Holland '55 of Fairfield, Conn., died July 30, 2005. He was a founding partner at Holland Kaufmann & Bartels in Greenwich, Conn., which merged with Shipman & Goodwin last year, and he was most recently of counsel. He had helped establish the firm, originally Pierson, Duel and Holland, in 1969, after working in New York City and then at another Greenwich firm. He was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a life fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program. A licensed pilot, he was a member of the American Bonanza Society, an organization of Bonanza, Baron and Travel Air-type aircraft enthusiasts.

Melvin C. Levine '55 of New York City died Sept. 6, 2005. He was a solo practitioner in New York City and a longtime member of the New York County Lawyers' Association. He served as the civil court practice section's co-chairman and sponsored its annual judicial award. He also served on the NYCLA's judiciary committee and on the housing court advisory council of the New York State Unified Court System.

Davis A. Crippen '55-'56 of Piermont, N.Y., died Sept. 2, 2005. He was an editor for Usertech, and he served for 10 years as president of the New York State Association of Library Boards and was a trustee of the Piermont Public Library.

Ernest R. Dell '56 of Issaquah, Wash., died Oct. 4, 2005. Formerly of Pittsburgh, he was a partner at Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, where he practiced banking and finance law.

Charles E. Spring '57 of Edina, Minn., died June 10, 2005. He practiced law with Neville, Johnson and Thompson before becoming a solo practitioner, specializing in small business and estate planning.

Leonard V. Quigley '59 of Forest Hills, N.Y., died Nov. 15, 2005. He founded the Canadian practice group and was a partner for more than 35 years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He also served for many years as general counsel of the Archaeological Institute of America and received the institute's Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award in 1996. He was a director of the Covenant House, a shelter for homeless children, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was the father of Cannon Quigley Campbell '93.

1960-1969
Clifford J. Meyer '60 of Laguna Beach, Calif., died July 21, 2005. He was a partner and general counsel of Buchalter Nemer Fields & Younger in Irvine and then Newport Beach, Calif.

Burton A. Schwalb '60 of Potomac, Md., died Oct. 23, 2005. He was a commercial litigator and trial attorney in Washington, D.C. He was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice's tax division before helping to found the litigation department of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn. In 1978, he helped found what is now Schwalb, Donnenfeld & Schwalb, where he later practiced law with his son, Brian Schwalb '92.

Dale A. Thorn '61 of Miami died Sept. 30, 2004. He was general counsel of Milgo Electronics in Miami, a manufacturer of modems, which later merged into Racal-Milgo. Earlier in his career, he worked in Washington, D.C., for the Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel, and for RCA in Boston and Cherry Hill, N.J. After retiring, he pursued an interest in Mayan and other pre-Columbian archaeology and was a benefactor and member of the board of St. Bonaventure School in Thoreau, N.M., on a Navajo reservation.

David P. Kassoy '63 of Los Angeles died Sept. 7, 2005. He was a partner in the real estate department at Ervin, Cohen & Jessup in Beverly Hills, Calif. He served on the Resolution Trust Corp.'s first Settlement Workout Asset Team for the western region of the U.S.

Stephen L. Hester '65 of Richmond, Mass., died Aug. 18, 2005. Formerly of Washington, D.C., he was vice president and general counsel of American Capital Strategies in Bethesda, Md. He previously was a partner at Arnold & Porter.

Rudolph "Rudy" Pearl '65 of San Pedro, Calif., died April 10, 2005. A general practitioner in San Pedro, for the last 10 years, he handled cases through the Los Angeles Mental Health Court. Before opening a practice in 1969, he was a deputy public defender in Los Angeles County. He was the father of Anthony Pearl '96 and David Pearl '08.

Larry D. Soderquist '69 of Watertown, Tenn., died Aug. 20, 2005. A securities law scholar, he was director of the Corporate and Securities Law Institute at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he taught for 25 years. He frequently spoke on securities law and was quoted in the national media, and he wrote or co-wrote a number of books and articles on both that and corporate law, including "Understanding the Securities Laws," which was published last year in the People's Republic of China, and "Securities Regulation." He also wrote two novels set on a university campus. In 1999, he was named the Joseph Flom Visiting Professor of Law and Business at HLS. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 1981, he was a professor at the University of Notre Dame. In 1998, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Ind., and he went on to volunteer as a chaplain at a Veterans' Administration hospital and conduct graveside services for indigent men and women buried by Metro Social Services. During the Vietnam War, he was a captain and chief intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.

1970-1979
Charles L. Johnson '74 of East Falmouth, Mass., died April 12, 2004. He was a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Ta-Ko Chen LL.M. '79 of Quincy, Mass., died Oct. 16, 2005. She was a lawyer and Chinese history scholar. She practiced law at Baker & McKenzie in Taipei, Taiwan, for two years before joining New England Electrical Service in Westborough, Mass., where she concentrated on bond financing and securities law. In 1993, she returned to Harvard to study Chinese history, focusing on the Tang Dynasty, from the 7th to the 10th centuries, and earned her doctorate in 2003. In 2004, she gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Asia Society, of which she was a member. She was also a member of the American History Association.

1980-1989
Jay L. Gottlieb '84 of Woodstock, N.Y., died Nov. 9, 2005. He was a partner at Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner, where his areas of practice included creditors' rights, bankruptcy and structured finance. Since 1984, he was a member of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Register of Mediators for the Southern District of New York. He wrote articles on creditors' rights and bankruptcy for professional journals and was an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law. He also coached his children's soccer teams.

Eric N. Miller '84 of Alexandria, Va., died Aug. 29, 2005. He was a lawyer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He worked for several Washington, D.C., law firms before joining the SEC in 1999.


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