In Memoriam

1920-29 | 1930-39 | 1940-49 | 1950-59 | 1960-69 | 1970-79 | 1980-89

1920-1929

Jerome E. Hemry LL.M. ’29 of Oklahoma City died Dec. 30, 2006. He was an Oklahoma City attorney whose legal career and public service work spanned three-quarters of a century. At the time of his death, at the age of 101, he was of counsel at Hemry, Hemry & McDoniel, a firm he founded in 1933. A professor at Central Oklahoma School of Law from 1931 to 1941, he was president of the Oklahoma City University Alumni Association and the Oklahoma Municipal Attorneys Association.

1930-1939

Merle W. Hart ’35-’37 of Concord, N.C., died April 18, 2007. Formerly of New Castle, Pa., he was a judge and magistrate in Pennsylvania. After retiring from the bench, he served as a federal arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He played professional football for the Boston Redskins. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Walter T. Burke ’36 of Natick, Mass., died March 14, 2007. He was a partner at Burke & Burke Attorneys in Natick and Sherborn, Mass., and served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. From 1959 to 1977, he was a state representative for the 5th Middlesex District in Massachusetts. He also headed the Natick Democratic Town Committee and was a trustee of Morse Institute Library.

Ernest L. Josem ’36 of Norwalk, Conn., died Feb. 22, 2007. A lifelong resident of Norwalk, he served on the Norwalk Charter Revision Commission in 1947 and from 1957 to 1958. He served in executive positions for many civic organizations, including the School Building Committee, the Board of Education and Norwalk Community College. His court appointments included serving as a special master for pretrials, a fact finder and an arbitrator.

John E. Lawrence ’36 of Hamilton, Mass., died March 27, 2007. He was involved in his family’s business supplying New England mills with cotton. Early in his career, he was an attorney at Goodwin, Procter & Hoar in Boston. For more than 50 years, he was a board member of Massachusetts General Hospital. He was also a trustee of Groton School for 25 years and an overseer of Harvard from 1959 to 1962, and he served as a director of General Electric and the State Street Investment Corp. He was president of the Hinduja Foundation in New York. During WWII, he was involved in training naval air intelligence personnel. As a staff member of Adm. William Halsey’s, he was present at the surrender of the Japanese in Tokyo Bay in 1945.

Richard E. Guggenheim ’37 of Cincinnati died June 18, 2006.

Richard S. Zeisler ’37-’38 of New York City died March 6, 2007. He was a private investor and a collector of 20th-century European art. He was a life trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, a life fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a governing life member of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Arthur C. Hoene ’38 of Wickenburg, Ariz., died March 20, 2007. Formerly of Duluth, Minn., he served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years, retiring with the rank of commander. During WWII, he served with a convoy in the North Atlantic. After the war, he was a Coast Guard hearing officer with the Judge Advocate General’s Office in Portland, Ore., and San Francisco.

Bernard Meltzer LL.M. ’38 of Chicago died Jan. 4, 2007. A labor law scholar and longtime professor at the University of Chicago Law School, he helped draft the charter of the United Nations. He served as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crime trials and coordinated a team of lawyers who focused on the economic crimes of the Nazi regime. After Nuremberg, he joined the University of Chicago Law School faculty, where he developed the nation’s first law course on international organizations. In 1985 he retired from the school but continued to write and consult, as well as work for Sidley and Austin in Chicago. He was a chairman of the Cook County Hospital Committee, a member of the Illinois Civil Service Commission and a salary arbitrator for Major League Baseball. He was also an emeritus fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Office of Strategic Services. He was the father of HLS Professor Daniel J. Meltzer ’75.

1940-1949

Milton Kaplan ’40 of Getzville, N.Y., died Feb. 26, 2007. A professor of law at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught municipal and land-planning law for more than 20 years. After retiring from teaching, he was of counsel at Magavern and Magavern in Buffalo. He was also an adjunct professor at SUNY School of Architecture and Environmental Design. In the early 1980s, he worked as a consultant in planning law in Dhaka, Bangladesh; in Bandung, Indonesia; and for the Navajo Nation.

Pierce Butler ’40-’41 of Minneapolis died March 3, 2007. He practiced corporate, mining and timber law at Doherty, Rumble & Butler in St. Paul. He was the third generation to practice at the firm, beginning with his grandfather, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Pierce Butler. He participated in the founding of the Minnesota International Center of the University of Michigan and was active in many civic organizations, including the Minnesota Historical Society, the Hill Reference Library and the Minnesota Science Museum. He was also consul for the Netherlands for 20 years. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, and he was an intelligence officer in Japan under Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Andrew H. Cox ’41 of Providence, R.I., died Jan. 24, 2007. He was a longtime partner at Ropes and Gray in Boston, retiring in 1989. He was a veteran of WWII.

Jeremiah J. Gorin ’41 of Providence, R.I., died Jan. 9, 2007. He practiced law in Rhode Island for 50 years and was a senior partner at Licht and Semonoff. He served as chairman of the Rhode Island Bar Association Committee on Legal Services. He was also president of the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy.

Frederick Doppelt ’43 of New York City died Nov. 18, 2006. A lawyer for six decades, he was a solo practitioner specializing in the fields of estates, trusts and taxes. He was village justice of Saddle Rock, Great Neck, N.Y., for 30 years. While at HLS, he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review. During WWII, he was a decorated lieutenant and navigator in the China-Burma-India theater.

Allen E. Susman ’43 of Beverly Hills, Calif., died Jan. 29, 2007. An entertainment lawyer, he was a founding partner of Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman in Beverly Hills and an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern University from 1947 to 1951. In 1990, the Beverly Hills Bar Association named him Entertainment Lawyer of the Year. He was a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Herbert R. Silvers ’44 of Johnson City, Tenn., died April 18, 2006. A solo practitioner, he established his law practice in Greeneville, Tenn., in 1952, and he taught business law and political science classes at East Tennessee State University, Greeneville campus. He was also a director of the ETSU Foundation. In 1962, he ran for Congress unsuccessfully. He was instrumental in founding the Nolichuckey Holston Area Mental Health Center. During WWII, he registered as a conscientious objector and served as a clinical psychologist in U.S. Army hospitals in England. He received a commission as a medical administrative officer.

Harold C. Gaebe Jr. ’45 of St. Louis died Dec. 2, 2006. He was president of J.B. Gury Manufacturing and a Webster Groves, Mo., municipal judge. During his career, he was a partner at Nouss, Bamburg and Gaebe and at Thompson, Walther, Shewmaker and Gaebe. He was a member of the board of governors of the Missouri Bar Association and president of the Metropolitan Bar Association of St. Louis. He also was a junior and senior warden of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and participated in the invasions of the Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa and Iwo Jima, retiring with the rank of major.

Peter L. Quattrochi ’46-’48 of Mount Pleasant, S.C., died April 9, 2007. For more than 30 years, he provided management and engineering consulting and executive searches to a network of four corporations. He also held management positions at General Electric and other manufacturing firms. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

Oren M. Rabin ’46-’47 of Lake Stevens, Wash., died Jan. 15, 2007, on his birthday. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Marshall S. Siff ’46-’47 of Chatsworth, Calif., died Feb. 11, 2007. He practiced law in California’s San Fernando Valley for nearly 45 years, until his retirement in 2000. A 1951 graduate of the Los Angeles Police Academy, he briefly served as a marshal. He was a 1944 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a veteran of WWII.

Talbot Rain LL.M. ’47 of Dallas died Sept. 3, 2006. A securities law specialist, he was of counsel at Locke Purnell Rain Harrell, now Locke Liddell & Sapp. He co-founded one of its predecessor firms, Rain Harrell Emery, in 1965. Prior to that, he practiced law at Thompson, Knight, Wright & Simmons in Dallas and taught securities law at Southern Methodist University. He was president and life trustee of the Dallas Historical Society and a director of Southwestern Life Insurance Co. and Republic Gypsum Co. During WWII, he was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marines and was in the fourth wave of Marines to land on Iwo Jima. Of the dozen men who landed with his unit, only he and another man survived uninjured. He received the Bronze Star for his 36 days of fighting and later served with the occupation force in Japan. In 2003, he self-published “Remembering Iwo: A Personal Memoir.”

John F. Crane ’48 of Brewster, Mass., died March 6, 2007. A longtime resident of Nutley, N.J., he was a judge in the New Jersey court system for 20 years. Appointed to the judiciary in 1960, he most recently served as the presiding judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant prosecutor of Essex County, deputy attorney general and deputy state treasurer. After retiring from the bench, he served as an arbitrator and mediator and was president of the New Jersey Retired Judges Association. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Lexington and was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.

Joseph E. Moukawsher ’48 of Groton, Conn., died Dec. 16, 2006. For 57 years, he practiced law in Connecticut, where he was a prosecutor and a municipal attorney. As an attorney for Groton, he helped convert the borough to a city. He was also a coroner for New London County. In 1996, he helped found Moukawsher & Walsh with his son. During WWII, he served in a mortar platoon with the 88th Division in Italy and was a statistician in the Philippines.

Manuel R. Schwab ’48 of Middletown, Calif., died Feb. 16, 2007. A longtime resident of Binghamton, N.Y., he practiced law there until retiring to California in 1998.

Jack D. Voss ’48 of Lancaster, Ohio, died March 24, 2007. He was a longtime employee of Anchor Hocking Corp. in Lancaster, joining the company in 1962 as general counsel. For 17 years, he was vice president and general manager of its international division. After his retirement, he formed Voss International Consulting and worked as an international business consultant. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Crowell and Leibman in Chicago. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Baldwin in the Atlantic and Pacific and was with the invasion fleet for the landings at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

Clifford S. Burdge Jr. ’49 of Avon, Conn., and Windham, Vt., died Feb. 9, 2007. He was a longtime partner at Reid and Riege in Hartford, where he was a member of the individual clients group and president. He briefly worked for Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co. before joining Reid and Riege in 1952. He was active with the Connecticut Institute for the Blind/Oak Hill and the Village for Families and Children. A president and life fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, he was also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Estate and Business Planning Council of Hartford. During WWII, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces.

Victor O. Geretz ’49 of West Hills, Calif., died Dec. 7, 2006. He was vice president and general counsel of Transpacific Industries Corp. in Los Angeles.

Frank A. Kelly Jr. ’49 of Newington, Conn., died March 13, 2007. He worked for Aetna Life & Casualty for 25 years, retiring as assistant counsel. He was a trustee for St. Mary’s Church in Newington. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific theater.

Roger W. Young ’49 of Long Beach, Calif., died Jan. 21, 2007. An expert in tax and estate matters, he was an attorney at Taubman, Simpson, Young & Sulentor in Long Beach for 54 years. He joined the firm in 1952, was named a partner in 1954 and retired in 2003, continuing with the firm on a consulting basis. He was a contributing editor to “Estate Administration,” a publication of the Continuing Education of the Bar. He was a governor of the Long Beach Bar Association and president of the Long Beach Estate Planning and Trust Council. During WWII, he spent four years doing cryptanalysis work for the U.S. military.

1950-1959

Patrick E. Dressler ’50 of Norwalk, Conn., died March 3, 2007.

Donald R. Grant ’50 of Wolfeboro, N.H., died March 28, 2007. For 16 years he served on the Appeals Court of Massachusetts, retiring in 1988 as senior justice. He was among the first to serve on the newly formed court in 1972, and he drafted the rules of the court and wrote its style manual. During his tenure, he wrote 1,152 opinions. Prior to joining the court, he spent more than 20 years at Ropes & Gray in Boston. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

Albert J. Millus ’50 of Brooklyn, N.Y., died March 26. 2007. He was executive director of the New York State Insurance Fund, which he had joined in 1967. He later formed Albert J. Millus & Associates and specialized in workers’ compensation law. From 1952 to 1958, he served in the FBI and was a bureau chief in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Sidney D. Pinney Jr. ’50 of Avon, Conn., died Jan. 3. 2007. A partner at Murtha, Cullina, Richter & Pinney in Hartford for more than 40 years, he lectured on estate planning and was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He was a member of the Wethersfield Town Council, a trustee of the Hartford Conservatory of Music and president of the Historic Wethersfield Foundation. After retiring, he volunteered legal services to several community organizations. A pilot, he was a member of the Connecticut Valley Fliers. During WWII, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces.

James Powers ’50 of Phoenix died Jan. 21, 2007. He specialized in civil litigation and federal tax issues and was chairman of Powers, Boutell, Fannin & Kurn in Phoenix, a firm he originally co-founded as Powers & Rehnquist in 1960 with future Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He was a founding director of the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. In 1979, he published a probate mystery, “Estate of Grace.” In the early 1950s, he was a trial attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., and, later, chief prosecutor in the IRS’s Los Angeles office.

James K. Robinson ’50 of Rochester, N.Y., died Feb. 9, 2007. For more than 30 years, he was an attorney at Eastman Kodak, and he was a board member for Rochester Childfirst Network for 40 years. He was also active in Planned Parenthood and what is now the United Way of Greater Rochester.

Kenneth Keong Lau LL.M. ’51 of Honolulu died Jan. 30, 2007. A University of Hawaii administrator, he was special assistant to the president, vice president for business affairs and secretary of the university. He also taught business law and contracts. Early in his career, he practiced law briefly, worked for the Legislative Reference Bureau and helped found the East-West Center, an education and research organization. After retiring in 1989, he consulted with the university on collective bargaining and exchange programs with Chinese universities. From 1942 to 1950, he served in the U.S. Army, including as a staff member of Gen. George C. Marshall’s China Mission for two years. He received the Bronze Star and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Irwin Leff ’51 of San Francisco died Oct. 25, 2006. For 46 years, he was a labor lawyer in San Francisco. Counsel to the State Psychological Association, he was chairman of the San Francisco Mental Health Association. After retiring from law, he was chief financial officer of his son’s construction company and was involved in developing affordable housing in Sonoma County.

Richard C. Meech Q.C. LL.M. ’51 of Toronto died Jan. 3, 2007. He was a partner emeritus and counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais in Toronto, where he specialized in business and corporate law. A chairman of the business law section of the International Bar Association, he was a director or officer of 27 corporations, and for 34 years, he represented Thailand as consul or consul general. He was also president of the HLSA of Ontario.

Alfred W. Meyer LL.M. ’51 of Valparaiso, Ind., died Jan. 28, 2007. A professor emeritus and dean of the Valparaiso University School of Law, he was dean from 1969 to 1977 and from 1982 to 1983. A graduate of Valparaiso and its law school, he taught on the law faculty from 1961 until 1994. He also taught at Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington and was a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, New York Law School and Stetson University College of Law. After retiring, he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest individual honor, by Gov. Evan Bayh. He later moved to Palm Desert, Calif., took the California bar exam and, at the age of 65, became a practicing attorney in California. He was a director of a legal aid clinic and of Martha’s Village, an organization serving the homeless. He served as a U.S. Navy air cadet during WWII and was a U.S. Army JAG officer during the Korean conflict.

Robert E. Morris ’51 of Stamford, Conn., and Delray Beach, Fla., died Feb. 10, 2007. He was a solo practitioner in Stamford, where he served on the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross and as president of the Long Ridge Swim Club. He was also counsel to and a board member of Temple Sinai in Stamford. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City. From 1943 to 1948, he served in the U.S. Army.

James D. “J.D.” White ’51 of Wichita, Kan., died Jan. 14, 2007. A solo practitioner in Kansas for 50 years, he specialized in oil and gas law. During WWII, he was a combat glider pilot, and he flew L-5s as a member of the 25th Liaison Squadron during the liberation of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. He later served for two years as a JAG officer in the U.S Air Force.

John F. Gallagher ’52 of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Dec. 22, 2006. He was a district court judge of Colorado’s 4th Judicial District for nearly 25 years. A presiding judge of the juvenile court, he was credited with modernizing the juvenile court in the 4th Judicial District and was known for his work advocating for children and families. He was nominated to be a Colorado Supreme Court justice four times. After leaving the bench, he practiced arbitration and mediation in Colorado Springs and Boulder. He also served on numerous boards and commissions, including as president of the El Paso County Bar Association, the Juvenile Court Judges Association and the Colorado Bar Grievance Committee.

Bernard L. Goldstein ’52 of New York City died March 10, 2007. He was a partner at Kaufmann, Goldstein & Gartner in New York City.

James P. “Pat” Mower ’52 of Modesto, Calif., died Jan. 23, 2007. For more than 50 years, he was a solo practitioner in Modesto, where he focused his practice on criminal defense, estate planning/probate and family law. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7th Ward. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines in the South Pacific.

Victor D. Rosen ’52 of Maui, Hawaii, died Feb. 20, 2007. A tax and estate-planning attorney, he was a senior partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean in Oakland, Calif., where he practiced for more than 40 years. He taught taxation law as a guest lecturer at the law schools of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco, as well as the University of Southern California Tax Institute. He was state chairman for the California State Bar Committee on Taxation and chairman of the State Bar Taxation Advisory Commission. He served in the U.S. Air Force for two years.

Thomas F. Eagleton ’53 of St. Louis, Mo., died March 4, 2007. A three-term U.S. senator from Missouri, he wrote the Eagleton Amendment that ended U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. His amendment to a defense appropriations bill cut off funding for the bombing in Cambodia. In 1956, he was elected circuit attorney of St. Louis, and four years later, he was elected attorney general of Missouri. In 1968, he was elected to the Senate and won re-election in 1974 and 1980. He was a principal proponent of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and co-wrote the bill that created Pell Grants for college students. He was also one of the principal sponsors of the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972. In 1972, he was George McGovern’s vice presidential nominee, but he withdrew from the race after it was revealed that he had been hospitalized years earlier for depression. After retiring from the Senate, he joined Thompson & Mitchell, now Thompson Coburn, and from 1987 to 1999, he was a professor of public affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. He wrote three books and was working on a memoir of his political career. He served in the U.S. Navy.

John F. McGrory ’53 of Sequim, Wash., and Wayzata, Minn., died Feb. 22, 2007. He had a 40-year career at Cargill, retiring in 1994 as general counsel, senior vice president and secretary to the board of directors. Active in the Catholic Church, he was chairman of St. Paul Archdiocese School Board and chairman of the finance committee for Queen of Angels in Port Angeles, Wash. He was also a trustee of the Voyageur Outward Bound School and chairman of Outward Bound’s National Safety Committee. In the 1960s, he served as chairman of the Hennepin County Republican Party in Minnesota, and he was a delegate to the Republican Convention in 1964. From 1951 to 1953, he was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

Ward L. Mauck ’54 of Stonington, Conn., died April 6, 2007. He was a securities lawyer, public utility house counsel, investment banker, law firm administrator and president of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters. He was also a member of Stonington’s Planning & Zoning Commission.

N. Thompson Powers ’54 of Penn Valley, Calif., died Jan. 29, 2007. Previously of Chevy Chase, Md., he served as the first executive director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was a managing partner at Steptoe & Johnson. He began his career as an associate at Steptoe, and in 1961, he joined the U.S. Labor Department as deputy solicitor and special assistant to then Labor Secretary Willard Wirtz. In 1965, Powers, who had helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, was appointed acting executive director of the newly created EEOC. He later led an international labor management project in Brazil before returning to Steptoe, where he specialized in employment law and won two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. His last position was chief employment lawyer at Motorola in Phoenix. A college football and baseball player, he was a third-round selection of the Washington Redskins in the 1951 National Football League draft and was drafted by Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, but instead he chose to attend HLS. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1957.

Alan D. Block ’55 of Mission Viejo, Calif., died Feb. 4, 2006. He was head of Block & Osofsky in Torrance and specialized in personal injury and criminal defense. He later served as an attorney consultant at the Community Legal Center, Orange County, Calif.

Philip N. Costello Jr. ’55 of Madison, Conn., died April 14, 2007. In 1976, he founded his own law firm in Madison, where he worked for 20 years. For 35 years, he was Madison’s town attorney. A member of the Republican State Central Committee, he was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly as state representative in 1969 and elected state senator in 1971. From 1984 to 1991, he was commissioner of the Department of Liquor Control. He was president of the New Haven County Junior Bar Association and president of the Madison Jaycees. A cartoonist, he wrote “Gullible’s Travels Thru Harvard” in 1955 and sold 2,000 copies to raise funds for his HLS class.

Burton Reif ’55 of Chicago died April 5, 2007. He practiced real estate law and was a steward for the Rogers Park area in Chicago, where he lived for most of his life. He led efforts to protect a lakefront stretch of Sheridan Road from high-rise development and served as chairman of the Sheridan Road Planning and Development Committee from 1988 to 1994. He also served as chairman of the 49th Ward’s Citizens Zoning Committee. In the 1960s, he was president of the Rogers Park Community Council.

John R. Alger ’56 of Osterville, Mass., died Jan. 16, 2007. He was a solo practitioner in Osterville, where he focused his practice in the areas of probate and land-use law. For 20 years he was moderator of the town of Barnstable, and he served on many community boards, including that of the Historical Society, the Free Library, the Osterville Village Association and Three Bays Preservation. A corporator of the Cape Cod Co-Operative Bank, he served as a director of the bank for 32 years.

Robert Popper ’56 of Kansas City, Mo., died Feb. 9, 2007. A professor and dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, he taught criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law. After a two-year term as interim dean, he served as dean of the law school from 1984 to 1993. He was chairman of many of the law school’s committees, including the Task Force on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest. He was the author of the book “Post Conviction Remedies in a Nutshell” and many articles. A vice president of the Western Missouri Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, he was named Civil Libertarian of the Year in 1991. In 1956, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Knox, where he guarded the nation’s gold.

Roger Noall ’58 of New York City and Naples, Fla., died March 29, 2007. He worked for KeyCorp in Cleveland, where he held a variety of executive positions, including senior executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and general counsel and secretary. Beginning in 1983, he worked in Cleveland for various bank holding companies, including Centran Corp. and Society Corp. From 1967 to 1983, he held executive positions at Bunge Corp., an agribusiness, and earlier in his career, he was a partner at Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O’Donnell & Weyher in New York. During his lifetime, he completed 13 New York City Marathons, summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro and hiked extensively in Africa and Europe.

Paul S. Turner ’58 of Los Angeles died Oct. 7, 2006. He practiced banking and commercial law and was assistant general counsel for Occidental Petroleum Corp. in Los Angeles. He was counsel to the Association for Finance Professionals, formerly Treasury Management Association, and he was an official adviser to the uniform law commissioners who wrote Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code and revised UCC Articles 3, 4 and 5. He wrote a number of articles and books, including the guide “Negotiating Wire Transfer Agreements.”

Tom Watson Brown ’59 of Marietta, Ga., died Jan. 13, 2007. An Atlanta lawyer, he specialized in corporate and broadcasting law and was chairman of Spartan Communications until he sold the family-owned chain of television stations in 2000. A president and director of the executive committee of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, he was also president and trustee of the Watson-Brown Foundation, which supports higher education and historic preservation. A benefactor of the University of Georgia and Mercer University Press, he donated $2 million to endow the press and donated his 10,000-volume library to Mercer’s Tarver Library. He also was a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center’s community service award for peace and justice.

John E. “Jack” McGovern Jr. ’59 of Lake Forest, Ill., died April 10, 2007. A longtime resident of Lake Forest, he specialized in corporate law and securities. He was a partner at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon in Chicago, joining the firm in 1987 and becoming semiretired several years ago. He previously practiced at Wilson & McIlvaine. From 1972 to 1984, he was an alderman in Lake Forest, and he served for 10 years as a director of Lake Forest Hospital and as a trustee of Lake Forest College. He was also a trustee of the Ravinia Festival, a series of outdoor concerts, and chairman and director of the Chicago Heart Association. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

1960-1969

John G. “Jack” Campbell ’61 of Winnetka, Ill., died March 28, 2007. A Chicago attorney since 1962, he was a founding partner of McCullough, Campbell & Lane. He also chaired the federal taxation section of the state bar association. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

Charles L. Grimes ’61 of Chadds Ford, Pa., died Feb. 5, 2007. He was an independent financial adviser and investor and a partner at Grimes & Winston in New York City. A rower at Yale University, he was a member of the varsity crew team that won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

Anthony M. Vernava ’62 of New Hyde Park, N.Y., died April 7, 2007. Formerly of Michigan, he was assistant dean and law professor at the University of Detroit. He was a member of the faculty there for 10 years and later served as a visiting law professor at other universities. His writings were published in many tax and law journals, including the Columbia Law Review. Prior to his tenure at Detroit, he was a corporate tax attorney in New York City. He was involved in charity and economic works in Lima, Peru.

David J. Kayner ’63-’64 of Oak Brook, Ill., died March 6, 2007. He was a corporate secretary and general counsel of Inland Real Estate Corp. From 1973 to 2001, he was a partner at Piper Rudnick in Chicago, where he concentrated his legal practice in real estate law and served as managing partner in the 1980s. He also served as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall School of Law.

Sidney Feinberg ’64 of New York City died April 20, 2007. An entertainment attorney for 43 years, he was a founding partner of Leavy Rosensweig & Hyman in New York City. He represented stars of stage, film and television. Most recently, he was of counsel at Lazarus & Harris.

Herbert F. Goodrich Jr. ’67 of Wyndmoor, Pa., died March 16, 2007. He spent his career at Dechert in Philadelphia, where he was chairman of the corporate department and served on the policy committee. From 1974 to 1978, he worked for Dechert in Brussels, Belgium. In 2005, he received an award from the Philadelphia Bar Association for his contributions to the business community and to civic causes and for mentoring young lawyers. He was chairman of the board of Chestnut Hill Healthcare and was involved in the centennial celebration of Chestnut Hill Hospital.

William P. Robinson Jr. ’67 of Norfolk, Va., died Dec. 18, 2006. A defense attorney at Robinson, Shepherd & Anderson in Norfolk, he was also the Democratic representative for the 90th District in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1981 to 2001. As a delegate, he fought for transportation and housing reform, serving as co-chairman of the Transportation Committee and heading the assembly’s black caucus.

Richard M. Cion ’68 of Westport, Conn., died March 27, 2007. He was a private consultant and senior executive vice president of Farley Industries in Fairfield, Conn.

1970-1979

Malcolm Smith LL.M. ’72 S.J.D. ’76 of Melbourne, Australia, and Tokyo died June 22, 2006. An authority on Japanese law, he was a pioneer in the development of Asian legal studies in Australia. He was a founding director of the University of British Columbia’s Japanese Legal Studies Program, and in 1987, he became founding director of the University of Melbourne’s Asian Law Centre. From 2000 to 2004, he held the university’s Foundation Chair in Asian Law, and he then accepted an appointment as professor of law at Chuo University in Japan, where he was the first Australian to teach Japanese law, in Japanese, to Japanese students.

Louis E. Vincent ’73 of El Cerrito, Calif., died June 23, 2006. He practiced law for 33 years, 27 of which he worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in San Francisco. Active at St. Jerome Church, he served on the pastoral council.

Roger A. Weber ’73 of Mount Lookout, Ohio, died Feb. 20, 2007. A labor attorney, he was a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, where he was chairman of the labor and employment department. He was listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1991. He handled more than 200 cases in arbitration and participated in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission. A native of northwest Ohio, he became the state’s youngest Eagle Scout at the age of 12.

Daniel A. Degnan LL.M. ’74 of Jersey City, N.J., died March 16, 2007. He was president of Saint Peter’s College and, before that, dean of Seton Hall Law School. He led Saint Peter’s in its transformation from an all-commuter school. Ordained a priest in 1966, he held several teaching and administrative assignments at a number of institutions, including HLS, Boston College, Syracuse Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. An expert on the legal theories of St. Thomas Aquinas, he was in the process of producing a treatise on the subject. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

Frank Taira Supit (“Frank Tjia”) ’74 of Jakarta, Indonesia, died Jan. 29, 2007. He was an international lawyer, a merchant banker and founder of an Indonesian airline. In 1980, he founded a corporate law firm, Makarim & Taira, in Indonesia, and in 1991, he founded PT Sigma Batara, a domestic merchant bank that pioneered the development of Indonesia’s domestic bond market. Most recently, he was CEO of PT Efata Papua Airlines, whose inaugural flight took place in January 2006. Early in his career, he practiced law with Coudert Brothers in New York City. The first Indonesian to earn a J.D. from HLS, he later served as the administrative director of HLS’s East Asian Legal Studies Program.

Walter G. Bleil ’75 of Pittsburgh died Jan. 30, 2007. He was of counsel to Goldberg, Kamin and Garvin and was a longtime partner of Reed Smith. He had also been an attorney at Doepken Keevican & Weiss and was an adjunct professor at St. Francis University Graduate School of Industrial Relations. He served on several boards, including the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the American Diabetes Association and Neighborhood Legal Services.

Bruce David Becker ’79 of Portland, Ore., died Feb. 2, 2007. He was chief operating officer of United Communications in Bend, Ore. He moved to Portland in 2000, after living in Chicago for 20 years, to work for GST Telecommunications as general counsel and later CEO. In Chicago, he was an employee of Ameritech Corp., where he worked began working in 1988. In 1996, he was named general counsel for Ameritech Long Distance Industry Services, a business unit of Ameritech. He was president of the Chicago Bar Foundation and served on the board of the American Corporate Counsel Association.

Lisa Goldberg ’79 of New York City died Jan. 22, 2007. President of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, she joined the foundation as a program officer in 1982 and was named president in 2003. Under her leadership, the foundation funded a number of prominent public television series, including “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews” and “Eyes on the Prize.” During her career, she was a senior staff member and legal counsel to President Carter’s Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties. She was also a consultant to the Federal Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia and director of a Boston family court program. She was the wife of New York University President John Sexton ’78.

1980-1989

Martha A. McPhee ’80 of Minneapolis died Feb. 6, 2007. A former corporate lawyer, she recently was named CEO of the Twin Cities area’s Animal Humane Society. She served as a board member for a number of organizations, including Long Lake Hounds, Medina Horse Association and Pets Across America. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she led a team of animal welfare workers rescuing animals in a mobile animal hospital in Texas. During her career, she was chief operating officer of Minnesota Public Radio, served as assistant county attorney in Anoka County and worked as an attorney for Dorsey & Whitney.

Andrew W. “Andy” Loewi ’82 of Denver died April 8, 2007. He was a partner at Brownstein Hyatt in Denver and most recently headed the firm’s pro bono practice committee. He joined the firm in 1986 and was named a partner three years later. Earlier in the 1980s, he was a deputy district attorney. Posthumously, the governor of Colorado proclaimed Loewi’s birthday, May 15, as Andy Loewi Day.

Yunbin Tang LL.M. ’82 of Germantown, Md., died Feb. 3, 2006.


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