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1920-1929

Romaine R. Reichert '22-'23 of Minneapolis, Minn., died March 20, 2001.

Aaron J. Bronstein '28 of Canton, Mass., died August 7, 2001. He was a partner at Schneider, Bronstein, Wolbarsht and Deutsch; and Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer. He was associated with American Biltrite Rubber Co. in Chelsea for many years, serving as secretary, director, and a trustee of its charitable trust. He was also former president of the New England division of the American Jewish Congress, the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Lynn, the Jewish Community Council of Boston, and the New England Zionist Regional Council.

Lon B. Rogers '28-'29 of Lexington, Ky., died June 9, 2001.

David W. Fuller '28-'30 of Bangor, Maine, died March 20, 2001. He practiced law in Bangor from 1932 until his retirement except for three years during WWII, and he was a house counsel for the Webber Oil Co. for decades. A Bangor city councilor in the 1940s, he helped organize the Bangor-Brewer Community Chest, now called the United Way of Eastern Maine. A member of the Maine House of Representatives in the 1950s, he sponsored an amendment to the Maine Constitution to clarify the voting rights of Maine Indians. He was also an ex officio chairman of the Bangor Water Board. Fuller served in the Army during WWII, was an agent for the Provost Marshal General's Office, and later served as vice president of the Military Intelligence Association of New England.

1930-1939

Arthur A. Armstrong '30 of Solvang, Calif., died August 13, 2001.

William W. Fisher '30 of North Franklin, Conn., died August 30, 2000. He was a partner at the firm now known as Robinson & Cole in Hartford for 45 years. He was also a director of the Connecticut Gas Co.

Theodore W. Adler '31 of Scarsdale, N.Y., died October 22, 2001. He was senior partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman and Herz in New York City. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Force in WWII.

H. Jackson "Jack" Sillcocks '31 of Chatham, Mass., died September 22, 2001. He practiced law in New York City from 1932 until his retirement in 1985, specializing in real estate law, with emphasis on representing large banks, real estate trusts, and other institutional clients. He started practice as an associate with Gould & Wilkie before becoming associated with his father's firm, Tanner, Sillcocks & Friend, where he became a partner. He was then vice president and associate counsel for Webb & Knapp, a real estate brokerage and development firm. He later joined Javits Trubin Sillcocks Edelman and Purcell, where he was a senior partner and then of counsel, and became special counsel to Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl. Sillcocks lectured and published articles on real property law. In the 1970s he served as chairman of the Committee on Real Property Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He was later a director of First Capital Properties Corp., the corporate general partner of 11 Florida limited partnerships investing in real estate, and of First Capital Financial Corp.

George D. Jagels '32 of San Marino, Calif., died September 1, 2001. He was a founding member and president of the Leakey Foundation, which annually awards more than $500,000 in grants to support research on human evolution. Early in his career he was a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and for many years he was a director of Santa Anita Consolidated and of Beverly Enterprises. Jagels was a trustee of the Claremont Graduate School (now the Claremont Graduate University) and served as director and chairman of the board of College Student Personnel Institute, an affiliate of the school. He received two honorary doctorates, from Claremont Graduate School and MacMurray College. Jagels was in the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving with the Judge Advocate's Office in Washington, D.C., and later in the Pacific as the captain of a landing ship, tank, and as a staff officer. He left the Navy with the rank of commander.

Keene Abbott '32-'33 of Jamesville, N.Y., died August 18, 2001. He was a mar-keting and sales executive at Utica National Insurance Group for 27 years. He served as a member of the advisory board of the Salvation Army of Central New York, a director of the Presbyterian Home of Central New York, and chairman of Operation Sunshine, a Christmas charity.

Martin Merson '33 of Sun City, Ariz., died June 26, 2001.

Harold J. E. Soehl '33 of St. Petersburg, Fla., died October 15, 2001. He was a former city judge for St. Petersburg Beach, North Redington Beach, Treasure Island, and Gulfport, and former mayor of Roselle Park, N.J. In the 1940s he opened a St. Petersburg practice that handled probate law, trusts, wills, and estates. He also served as a trustee of Goodwill Industries and a member of the YMCA board of governors. In WWII Soehl served as a sergeant in an intelligence unit with the 71st Infantry of the 3rd Army under General Patton, and during the Korean War he was a lawyer with the Office of Price Administration.

Humphrey Statter '33 of Greenwich, Conn., died August 14, 2001. He was an attorney in New York City. He served as president and a trustee of the Huguenot Society of America. During WWII he was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

John C. Gill '33-'34 of Newton, Mass., died September 18, 2001. He was the founder, owner, and operator of the Boston-based design firm John C. Gill, Inc. He served as executive secretary of the Boston College Alumni Association as well as on several boards and committees at the college, and he was a founding member of the Boston College Blue Chips. He also helped raise money for higher education, hospitals, and human service institutions.

William Hitz '34 of Gaithersburg, Md., died September 25, 2001. He was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice for almost 35 years. He also served for several years as general counsel to the House Committee on Un-American Activities and was assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. Hitz began his career as law clerk for his father, a justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. During WWII he was an executive officer in the Navy and served aboard a submarine chaser in the North Pacific.

John G. MacKechnie '34 of Delray Beach, Fla., died November 26, 1999.

Laurence B. Freeburn '34-'36 of Ridgewood, N.J., died January 25, 1999.

Henry C. Blackiston '35 of Charlottesville, Va., died August 23, 2001.

Alan P. Cusick '35 of Providence, R.I., died August 24, 2001. He practiced law in Providence from the 1940s until his retirement in 1985. He began his career in the firm of former federal court judge Ira Lloyd Letts, where he remained until the start of WWII. Commissioned a full lieutenant in the Navy, he served on the cruiser Brooklyn. He later worked at the Bureau of Naval Ordnance in Washington, D.C., in connection with the investigation of naval explosions and the development of new weaponry, and in the office of general counsel on termination of Navy contracts. He retired from the Navy in 1946 as a lieutenant commander.

Theodore Deitz '35 of Worcester, Mass., died June 25, 2001. He was cofounder of the Worcester office of United Utilities, where he worked for almost 25 years. He then became a financial adviser for the securities firm Spencer Trask, which later became Salomon, Smith, Barney, where he retired in 1989. He began his career practicing law at Arthur Garfield Hayes in New York. A trustee emeritus at Becker College, he was honored with a doctorate of humane letters in 1999. He was also a past president of the Jewish Family Service.

Gerard J. O'Brien '35 of Somers, N.Y., died May 21, 2001.

Carl F. Paul '35 of Chevy Chase, Md., died November 1, 2001. He was a Navy lawyer during and after WWII, with assignments in Japan and Washington, D.C., and then chief trial counsel and an administrative law judge at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Early in his career and then after the war he was an associate at Nixon Hargrave Devans & Doyle in Rochester, N.Y. He also served as a judge of the Board of Contracts Appeals in Washington, D.C., and in the office of the general counsel of the Department od Health, Education and Welfare. He was later an associate at Burch and Bennett in Washington, D.C.

Edward D. Smith '35 of Atlanta, Ga., died May 29, 2001.

Alexander K. Lawrence '35-'36 of Lansdale, Pa., died October 12, 2001.

Samuel H. Rindge '35-'36 of Los Angeles, Calif., died June 2, 2001.

Elliot Norquist '35 ('37) of Sarasota, Fla., died May 25, 2001, in Kansas City, Mo. One of the founding members of Kemp, Koontz, Clagett & Norquist, he guided its merger with Lathrop, Righter, Gordon & Parker and then served the merged firm, Lathrop & Norquist, as a managing partner. He helped to bring about the merger of Lathrop & Norquist with Gage & Tucker to form what is now Lathrop & Gage. He began his career at Warrick & Koontz in Kansas City. Elected a director of Butler Manufacturing Co. in the 1940s, Norquist remained an active member of the company until 1980, serving as general counsel. During WWII he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater as a lieutenant commander attached to the British Eastern Fleet in Ceylon. He was a member of the Military Order of World Wars.

Winthrop S. Emmet '36 of West Stockbridge, Mass., died October 26, 2001. He was a New York lawyer and trust officer for National City Bank. He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for his service as a Navy officer during WWII, and he helped try Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg in 1945.

Irving B. Kaplan '36 of Miami, Fla., died August 28, 2001.

Erskine B. Wood '36 of Vancouver, Wash., died May 15, 2001. He practiced law in Portland, Oreg., before and after WWII, specializing in admiralty law and primarily representing foreign shipping companies. He argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a trustee at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and a trustee of Catlin Gable School. During WWII he served in the Navy and worked with the War Shipping Administration in Washington, D.C.

John G. Hurd '37 of San Antonio, Tex., died September 6, 2001. He was an independent oil and gas producer and cattle rancher. He also served five years as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Africa under President Nixon. He was a delegate to the 1964 and 1968 national Republican conventions, and in 1967-68 he was deputy state chairman of the Republican Party in Texas. In 1968 he served as chairman of the Texas Nixon for President Committee. Hurd was captain of the Harvard fencing team and competed for the United States at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. A member of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps while at Harvard College, he was commissioned as an ensign when he graduated and went into active duty in the Navy in 1941, spending most of WWII on destroyer escorts in the North Atlantic. He received the Bronze Star and retired in 1946 with the rank of commander.

David J. Mountan Jr. '37 of St. Petersburg, Fla., died August 10, 2001. He was a lawyer in New York City.

Paul M. Palten '37 of West Hartford, Conn., died April 25, 2001. A practicing attorney for nearly 60 years, he was a clerk of City Court of Hartford, a prosecutor for the Court of Common Pleas, and the administrative secretary of the Sentence Review Board of the Superior Court. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of WWII.

Leonard L. Scott '37 of Little Rock, Ark., died March 25, 2001. He was an attorney for 60 years and practiced in the U.S. District Court (Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas), the U.S. Court of Appeals (Eighth Circuit and Ninth District), and the Supreme Court of the United States. He chaired several committees of the Pulaski County, Ark., and American Bar Associations, including the ABA Senior Lawyers Division Committee on Wills, Probate, and Trusts. He was also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel for more than 20 years and a member, Paul Harris Fellow, and president of Downtown Little Rock Rotary International.

Robert E. Treuhaft '37 of Oakland, Calif., died November 11, 2001. He belonged to and served as attorney to the Communist Party of the United States for many years and defended the civil rights of groups such as the Black Panther Party, Vietnam War draft resisters, and members of Berkeley's free speech movement. A founding director of the Bay Area Funeral Society, he used knowledge gained through that role to criticize the funeral industry and helped develop his wife Jessica Mitford's best-selling book, The American Way of Death, which revolutionized thinking about funerals, burials, and cremations. He also worked in the legal department of the Office of Price Administration in Washington, D.C., during WWII, established a law practice in Oakland, and served on the board of the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley.

Charles C. Arensberg '38 of Louisville, Ky., died July 9, 2001. A lawyer for 53 years, he was a partner at Tucker Arensberg in Pittsburgh. He was also cofounder, chairman for 30 years, and chairman emeritus of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. He served as president of the Ellis School board of trustees, trustee of Shady Side Academy, director of Planned Parenthood Federation of Pittsburgh, president of The Junta, field master of Harts Run Hunt, and president of the Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club of Western Pennsylvania.

Gordon R. Daley '38 of Medford, Oreg., died June 12, 2001.

Daniel K. Edwards '38 of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died July 17, 2001. A practicing attorney in Durham, N.C., for more than 50 years, he also served the city as mayor and solicitor, and worked in the North Carolina State Legislature. He was also an assistant secretary of defense under George C. Marshall and vice deputy counsel to NATO. A member of the North Carolina National Guard from 1938 to 1975, Edwards served as a commander of its 30th Infantry Division and retired as a major general, receiving the Distinguished Service Medal. During WWII he was a captain assigned to the U.S. Army I Corps as an aide-de-camp, and he completed his service in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters and V device, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

William C. Levy '38 of Bal Harbor, Fla., died October 13, 2001. A lawyer and then an administrative law judge with the Justice Department in the late 1940s and 1950s, he was later an administrative law judge with what became the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and with the New York Public Service Commission. He also served as president of the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference. Early in his career Levy worked for the War Production Board in Washington. During WWII he served in the China-Burma-India theater.

James D. Mack '38-'39łof Bethlehem, Pa., died October 14, 2001. He was university librarian and curator of the rare book collection of Lehigh University for more than 25 years. Prior to that, he worked in the treasury department of Bethlehem Steel Corp. He was the author of publications including A Bibliography of John Buchan,Lord Tweedsmuir and History of the Lehigh University Library, 1878-1965, and he served briefly as both chairman of the Council of National Library Associations and president of the International Association of Technological University Libraries. Mack was a Navy veteran of WWII and served in the Pacific theater.

Raymond M. Mitchell '38-'39 of Fairhaven, Mass., died May 5, 2001. He was a partner with his father, and in later years with his son, at Mitchell and Mitchell in New Bedford, where he practiced law for 50 years. His involvement in local civic organizations included service as longtime trustee and member of the board of investment of New Bedford Institution for Savings, chairman of the Greater New Bedford Community Chest campaign, Fairhaven town counsel, and president of the YMCA of Greater New Bedford. He received the 1957 YMCA Man of the Year Award. Mitchell served with the American Field Service ambulance corps during WWII and was recognized for his service as commanding officer of 485 Company in the Middle East, North Africa, and Italy. He received the Good Conduct award, World War II Victory Medal, and European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. King George VI and Queen Mary appointed him honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1945, a distinction earned by only 11 American Field Service officers in WWII.

William S. Abell '39 of Chevy Chase, Md., died May 23, 2001. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., for more than 35 years and was a longtime director and later vice chairman of A. S. Abell Co., owner and publisher of the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Evening Sun. He was also vice chairman of the board and president of WMAR-TV in Baltimore; a member of the board of Landmark Publishing Co., publisher of the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot newspaper; and the founder of the Charles S. Abell Foundation, which serves the needy in Washington. A trustee and benefactor of Catholic University of America, Abell also served on the board and was a benefactor of Georgetown Preparatory School, his alma mater, and St. Gertrude's School. Early in his career he was an attorney for the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program, headed by Harry Truman, then a senator from Missouri. During WWII he served in the Navy at the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C.

Walter R. Bellatti '39 of Jacksonville, Ill., died September 14, 2001. He was a member of his grandfather's law firm, Bellatti, Fay, Bellatti & Beard; a city attorney; and president of the Morgan County, Ill., Bar Association. He was also a director of the Elliott State Bank board for 25 years and president of Passavant Area Hospital's board of trustees. At Illinois College he served as president and as vice chairman of the board of trustees. In 1988 the school awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree. Bellatti served in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence officer on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur in Australia, New Guinea, Manila, and Tokyo, and he was awarded the Bronze Star. Continuing his military career in the Army Reserve Corps after WWII, he served at the Pentagon in 1962 and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Bernard Cushman '39 of Silver Spring, Md., died July 3, 2001. A labor lawyer, he worked for the National War Labor Board and National Labor Relations Board, where he became a trial examiner, and later in private practice as general counsel of the Amalgamated Transit Union in Washington, D.C. He worked on cases involving postal unions in the 1970s and later became counsel to the American Postal Workers Union during major contract negotiations with the U.S. Postal Service. In the 1980s and 1990s he did private arbitration work.

Charles A. Sweet Jr. '39 of Englewood, Fla., died June 6, 2001.

Harold M. Wolff '39 of Boston died November 27, 2000. He was a longtime executive of the Dexter Shoe Co. and a captain in the U.S. Army.

Warner G. Cosgrove Jr. '39-'41 of Bryn Mawr, Pa., died November 8, 2000.

1940-1949

Marcus Cohn LL.M. '40 of Bethesda, Md., died July 3, 2001. A communications attorney, he worked for the Federal Communications Commission in the early 1940s and then cofounded Cohn and Marks in Washington, D.C., which he later served as of counsel after his partial retirement. He was also a law professor in Washington, D.C. For many years he served as officer and trustee of Arena Stage in Washington and the National Museum of American Art.

Samuel I. Omansky '40-'41 of Sun City Center, Fla., died August 31, 2001.

Isadore Gromfine '40-'42 of Chevy Chase, Md., died August 5, 2001. He was a labor lawyer, representing both Washington, D.C., area and national transportation unions, for 50 years. His clients ranged from sleeping-car porters to airline flight engineers, and he specialized in rights arbitration and other matters for employees of urban transit systems, including Washington's Metro and systems in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut, and bus companies including Greyhound. He also taught at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies. At the time of his death, Gromfine was a principal of the Labor Bureau Inc., an economic consulting firm, and of its legal arm, Gromfine and Taylor. Early in his career he was an economist and statistician with the Labor Department, later becoming associate chief legal adviser to the National Labor Relations Board. During WWII he served in the Army Air Forces.

J. Craig Bradley Jr. '41 of Georgetown, Ky., died June 20, 2000. He was a partner at Bradley & Bradley in Georgetown and, prior to that, at Bradley, Blanton & Wooten in Paris, Ky. He was a director emeritus of Farmers Bank & Trust Co.

John F. Donelan '41 of Silver Spring, Md., died August 12, 2001. He was founding partner of the former transportation law firm Donelan, Cleary, Wood & Maser in Washington, D.C., and led the firm as managing partner until his retirement. He also served as general counsel of the National Industrial Transportation League, transportation counsel of the American Paper Institute, rail editor of the Transportation Practitioners Journal, and president of the Association of Transportation Practitioners. In the 1940s he began practicing transportation law at the former Chicago and Washington firm Pope, Ballard & Loos, where he became a senior partner and practiced before the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Civil Aeronautics Board, and federal appellate courts. During WWII he served in North Africa as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

Frank W. Hatfield '41 of Philadelphia, Pa., died April 8, 2001.

Joseph Laufer LL.M. '41 of Sarasota, Fla., died June 29, 2001. He was a professor of law at the University at Buffalo State University of New York for more than 20 years. Earlier in his career he was a teaching fellow at Duke University School of Law and an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Justice. In the 1950s he was a research associate in law and director of the Harvard Law School-Israel Cooperative Research for Israel's Legal Development. He was also briefly a visiting professor at McGill University in Montreal. Laufer wrote numerous articles and book reviews in the fields of torts, family law, contracts, judicial procedure, comparative law, and international law.

John R. McLane Jr. '41 of Manchester, N.H., died May 18, 2001. He practiced law at a firm founded by his father, McLane, Davis and Carlton, in Manchester. He was involved with many New Hampshire organizations and during the 1970s spearheaded a drive to raise $500,000 to refurbish and operate the Palace Theater in Manchester. McLane recently wrote Judge McLane: His Life and Times, a socioeconomic and political history of New Hampshire and the McLane law firm. He served in the Navy during WWII in the Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters.

Thomas P. Mulligan '41 of Gates Mills, Ohio, died September 8, 2001. He was a trial lawyer at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue and taught courses at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. After he retired in 1986, he devoted much of his time to dispute resolution, and was Cleveland project counsel for the Center for Public Resources and chairman of Cleveland Bar Association committees. Mulligan was a Navy officer on amphibious ships in the South Pacific in WWII and was then recalled to service in 1951 and served as an executive officer on a repair ship in the Korean War.

Leon H. Kline '44 of Philadelphia, Pa., died September 25, 2001. He was a solo practitioner throughout most of his long legal career, and his areas of practice included admiralty, coal law, tax, estate matters, and criminal appellate work. He also helped form Berger Gelman & Kline in the 1950s and taught at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden. A member of various bar association committees, he led the unauthorized-practice-of-law committee during the 1960s. He began his career as law clerk to Harry Kalodner of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Robert J. Barrett '44 ('48) of Cedar Crest, N.Mex., died July 31, 2001.

John A. McNiff '45-'46 of Salem, Mass., died May 27, 2001. For 46 years he practiced law at Pearl, McNiff, Crean, Cook & Sheehan in Peabody, Mass., which he founded in 1955. He began his career practicing law at Flood, Valentine, and Foisy in Lowell and was later with Steinberg and McNiff in Lawrence. He was a past president of the Peabody Bar Association. At age 62, McNiff became the oldest semifinalist ever in the Massachusetts Amateur Golf Championship in 1980. He was a runner-up in the Massachusetts Junior State Championship in 1934, winning the title in 1937, and in 1972 he won the Massachusetts Pre-Senior Championship. He served in the Pacific theater as an aerial navigator in the Marine Corps during WWII and was a judge advocate in Quantico, Va., during the Korean War, attaining the rank of colonel.

John W. Scott Jr. '47 LL.M. '51 of Chapel Hill, N.C., died July 10, 2001. He was a member of the University of North Carolina School of Law faculty for 21 years and held the Graham Kenan chair there for more than 10. In 1982 he was selected by the school's graduating class to receive the Frederick McCall award for teaching excellence. He was also a former partner at Lewis & Donald in New York City. Scott was a contributing editor to Mertens, Law of Federal Income Taxation and the author of Federal Taxation of Corporate Reorganizations and Divisions (1972). He was also a director of the Sarah Graham Kenan Foundation and served as trustee of both the North Carolina School of the Arts and Louisburg College. Scott served as an officer in the Army in WWII.

Alan L. Lewis '47-'48 of Needham, Mass., died October 15, 2001.

Cyrus C. Marden '47-'48 of Los Angeles, Calif., died May 17, 2001. He spent most of his career as an administrator at the American Arbitration Association in Los Angeles. During WWII he served in the infantry in Italy, was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, and received a commission and commanded a rifle company.

James A. Crotty Jr. '48 of Worcester, Mass., died August 5, 2001. He was an attorney for the former firm Vaughan, Esty, Crotty & Mason for many years. He also was assistant city solicitor; worked at Mountain, Dearborn & Whiting; and worked with attorney Robert Reynolds in Westboro, Mass. He served as a Marine Corps captain in Guadalcanal during WWII.

Nathan C. Fitts '48 of Potomac, Md., died September 27, 2001. He was a retired intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. He also practiced law in Boston, served briefly as an economic adviser to the Venezuelan government, and, after retiring from the CIA i' 1978, worked as a consultant. Fitts served in the Navy in the Aleutian Islands during WWII and later retired as a captain in the Navy Reserve.

Irving L. Gartenberg '48 of New York City died October 5, 2001. He was a WWII veteran.

Harold A. Jerry Jr. '48 of Albany, N.Y., died June 9, 2001. He was a former New York State public service commissioner who served on the commission for 24 years and played a major role in a state plan to save the Adirondacks from overdevelopment. After he served in Governor Nelson Rockefeller's administration as director of the Office for Regional Development for several years, Rockefeller named him executive director of the Temporary Commission on the Adirondacks in 1967, and he became part of the panel that recommended that the New York Legislature create a parkwide zoning authority for the area. That resulted in the state-level Adirondack Park Agency. Early in his career Jerry worked in private practice in Elmira, N.Y., and represented Elmira as a Republican state senator.

Sheldon Oliensis '48 of New York City died May 14, 2001. He was a partner for more than three decades at the firm now known as Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler, based in Manhattan, where he specialized in litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He also was former president of the Legal Aid Society, president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and chairman of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board.

Charles A. Robertson '48 of Louisville, Ky., died July 25, 2001.

L. Damon Scales Jr. '48 of Auburn, Maine, died February 17, 2001.

David W. Ewing '49 of Winchester, Mass., died September 6, 2001. He worked his entire career at the Harvard Business Review, most recently as managing editor, and was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty. He was also the author of Inside the Harvard Business School, Do It My Way or You're Fired, Long-Range Planning for Management, and Freedom Inside the Organization, as well as numerous articles in the Saturday Review, Fortune magazine, and the New York Times. He was a corporator of Winchester Savings Bank.

Philip Schlau '49 of New York City died February 24, 2001.

Jerome G. Shapiro '49 of New York City and Barbados, died October 2, 2001. He practiced law at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City for more than 45 years and served as the firm's chairman for 14.

Harry R. Van Cleve '49 of Alexandria, Va., died October 15, 2001. He was former general counsel of the General Services Administration and of the General Accounting Office. He also headed the Greater Washington Area Health and Welfare Council and was general counsel of the Cost Accounting Standards Board. After the Pan Am 103 crash in Scotland in 1988, he served as general counsel of the President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism, from which he retired in 1989. Van Cleve began his Washington law career in 1950 at the President's Commission on Water Resources Policy and was later a staff attorney at the Federal Power Commission, the Peace Corps, and the Navy and Defense Departments. He also served as chairman of the Columbia Heights Youth Club and of the Friends of Green Spring Park, and he was chairman and trustee of the Meadville/Lombard Theological School, the Unitarian seminary at the University of Chicago, which awarded him an honorary doctorate. He served in the Army in Europe during WWII.

1950-1959

Owen T. Armstrong LL.M. '50 of St. Louis, Mo., died August 14, 2000. He was a partner at Lowenhaupt & Chasnoff in St. Louis.

Gerard Mandelbaum '50 of New York City died May 5, 2001.

C. Richard Pedersen '50 of Ridgefield, Conn., died October 26, 2001. He was a captain in the U.S. Army and served in Europe in WWII.

John M. Brumbaugh '51 of Sykesville, Md., died August 3, 2001. He was a professor for more than 40 years at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he taught criminal law, evidence, trademarks, unfair competition, and patent law. He retired in 1996, when he was named the Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut, Klein & Nash distinguished service scholar emeritus, but continued to teach until the time of his death. Before joining the university, Brumbaugh served in the Marine Corps and worked at Haight, Deming, Gardner, Poor & Havens in New York. He also was a reporter and principal writer at the Maryland Commission on Criminal Law for nearly 10 years and wrote a 1986 casebook, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law and Approaches to the Study of Law.

Jerome C. Byrne '51 of West Hollywood, Calif., died October 24, 2001. He worked at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles for more than 40 years, developing a specialty in employment, labor, and benefit law, and retiring as head of the employment law department and a member of the firm's executive committee. In 1965 he was hired by the University of California's board of regents as special counsel to investigate growing student unrest over the Vietnam War and other issues. His 85-page Byrne Report called for greater autonomy for separate campuses to deal better with disturbances. A Democrat, he worked in California for John F. Kennedy before the senator's nomination for president and raised money for Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown's 1962 reelection campaign. He was also a director and president of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a regent of Mount St. Mary's College, and a director and secretary of the Kolb Foundation, which provides scholarships to the University of Pennsylvania.

Marcus D. Grayck '51 of Montpelier, Vt., died July 2, 2000.

Samuel W. Murphy Jr. '51 of East Falmouth, Mass., and Boca Grande, Fla., died September 7, 2001. A corporate litigator, he worked at Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Irvine in New York City for 30 years, becoming a partner and then head of the firm. His clients included Walt Disney, General Electric, Mobil Oil, and American Home Products, and during the 1960s and 1970s he represented major pharmaceutical companies against allegations that they were fixing the price of antibiotics. He argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and was admitted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also received the Thurgood Marshall Award for his pro bono representation of death-row inmates. Later in his career Murphy was general counsel and a director of Gulf Oil, guiding the company through its takeover by Chevron Oil. He served as general counsel at RCA and worked at Davis, Markel and Edwards. After his retirement he continued his pro bono representation of death-row inmates and was president of the Gasparilla Island (Fla.) Conservation and Improvement Association.

James S. Brosnan '51-'52 of New York City died September 24, 2001. He was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War.

Richard J. Larkin Jr. '51-'52 of San Francisco, Calif., died September 4, 2001.

Jay A. Rabinowitz '52 of Juneau, Alaska, died June 16, 2001. He was an Alaska Supreme Court justice for 32 years. He took office when the state was just six years old, and by the time he retired in 1997, he had written more than 1,200 Supreme Court opinions. Earlier in his career, Rabinowitz was a territorial prosecutor in Fairbanks, head of the civil section of the attorney general's office in Juneau, and a superior court judge in Fairbanks. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and was in pilot training when the war ended.

George A. Vardamis '52 of New Canaan, Conn., died July 19, 2001. He was a retired partner at Slavitt, Connery & Vardamis in Norwalk. He also served as president of the Norwalk-Wilton Bar Association; a member of two charter revision commissions, one of which he chaired; chairman of the Connecticut Development Association Plan; and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's human relations committee, real estate executive committee, and board of delegates. He served in the Army Air Force in WWII.

David A. Vernon '52 of Iowa City, Iowa, died November 5, 2001. He began his long academic career at New York University Law School. Vernon also taught at the University of Houston Law Center and later at the University of Washington School of Law, where he became associate dean. In 1966 he became the dean at the University of Iowa School of Law, serving in that capacity until 1971 when he returned to the classroom. Vernon also served as president of the American Association of Law Schools, chairman of the board of the Law School Admission Council, and editor of the Journal of Legal Education. During his career he wrote six books and 30 articles on contracts and conflicts of law.

J. Bruce Johnston '52-'53 of McMurray, Pa., and Northport, Mich., died July 6, 2001. He worked for USX for 35 years and then directed a consulting practice at Cohen & Grigsby in Pittsburgh. He was a director of Dwelling House Savings and Loan in Pittsburgh, Equimark Corp. and Liberty Bank in Philadelphia, and the Bituminous Coal Operator's Association. He chaired the board of trustees at Robert Morris College and was twice elected to the Peters Township (Pa.) School Board, serving as its president. A trustee of the Carnegie Pension Fund, Children's Hospital, South Side Hospital, WQED, and the American Arbitration Association, he was also a trustee and public policy committee chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers and a trustee and executive committee chairman of the Labor Policy Association in Washington, D.C. Johnston wrote essays for newspapers and professional journals, lectured at universities and foundations, served on public issue panels, and testified before committees of the Congress. He was awarded the Medallion of Distinction from the University of Pittsburgh, his alma mater; a doctorate in economics from Grove City College; and a doctorate in business from Robert Morris College.

Royden A. Keddy '52 ('53) of Gorham, Maine, died August 5, 2001. He practiced law in Portland for many years with the firm that became Perkins, Thompson, Hinkley & Keddy. He also was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; a longtime trustee of Gorham Savings Bank, Simmons Foundation, and Gould Academy; and a corporator of Maine Medical Center. He served with the 66th and 42d Infantry divisions in Europe during WWII and left as a captain in 1946.

Werner D. Mueller '52 ('54) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died September 10, 2001. He was a trust administrative officer and vice president at Central National Bank, now KeyBank, for almost 20 years and a longtime partner at Nicola Gudbranson Mueller & Cooper in Cleveland. He helped th◊ Western Reserve Historical Society establish the Werner D. Mueller Reprint Series, which includes translations of books written by German immigrants of the mid-1800s. Mueller served in the Army in Europe in WWII.

Herbert S. Kassman '53 of Cambridge, Mass., and Potsdam, N.Y., died April 26, 2001.

C. Randolph Warner Jr. '53 of Little Rock, Ark., died August 29, 2001. He was a partner at Warner and Warner (now Warner, Smith & Harris), his grandfather's and then father and uncle's firm in Fort Smith, Ark., and a cofounder and later longtime president and CEO of Fairfield Communities. He also served as CEO of Ensco and as director and CEO of the Wortz Co. in Poteau, Okla. In the 1950s he was an instructor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and in the 1960s he served as vice chairman of the Arkansas Constitutional Review Study Commission and vice president of the Seventh Arkansas Constitutional Convention. Warner was a director of First Commercial Bank, St. Vincent Infirmary Foundation, and Centers for Youth and Families; a member of the board of visitors of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Tex.; and chairman of the executive committee and of the young lawyers section of the Arkansas Bar Association.

Maurice D. Contor '54 of Chattanooga, Tenn., died May 31, 2001. He was a retired attorney.

Richard "Pat" J. Feinberg '54 of Deal, N.J., died July 7, 2001. A family law practitioner, he was a partner at Feinberg, Dee & Feinberg in Bayonne, N.J., his father and brother's firm, where he worked for more than 35 years. He served as a member of the Divorce Law Reform Commission briefly in the 1970s and later as a member of the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel and as chairman of the executive committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association's family law section. He received the state bar's Saul Tischler Family Law Service Award in 1989. He started his career as an associate at McGlynn, Weintraub & Stein in Newark.

Alan H. Kaplan '54 of Chevy Chase, Md., died August 2, 2001.

Leonard Oppenheim S.J.D. '54 of Waikanae, New Zealand, died October 10, 2001. He was a lawyer and Tulane Law School professor. A member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, he did extensive arbitration and mediation work in industrial disputes. In 1991 Oppenheim, who was legally blind for 32 years, and his wife, who was blind in one eye, founded the Oppenheim Tertiary Education Trust to help people who need special aids to do academic work. Administered through the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, the trust funds equipment and gives grants that help students in a variety of fields.

Haruo Abe LL.M. '55 of Kawagoe City, Japan, died in August 1999. He was a lawyer who defended human rights. He also formed a consumers' group that claimed car manufacturers were producing defective cars.

Kenneth J. Breskin '56 of Potomac, Md., died October 8, 2000.

Mo Li LL.M. '56 of Taipei, Taiwan, died January 6, 2000. He practiced law at Li Mo & Associates in Taipei. He was the author of numerous books on Taiwanese law and Chinese history.

Robert A. Lichtenauer '56 of Indianapolis, Ind., died June 13, 2001. He was a tax and estate planning lawyer for more than 40 years. Prior to that, he worked for several Indianapolis area law firms. He served as chairman of the Indiana Bar Association's tax section and as president of the Community Service Council and Washington Township School Planning Committee. He was an Army veteran.

Louis Shuman '56 of Norwalk, Conn., died October 16, 2001. He worked at the National Labor Relations Board and at Snyder Tepper Berlin and Katz in his early career in Boston and later for many years at the GTE Sylvania corporate offices in Danvers, Mass., eventually relocating to its corporate headquarters in Stamford, Conn. More recently he was the lawyer for the Connecticut Construction Association, from which he retired in 2000. Shuman served in U.S. Army counterintelligence in the 1950s.

William M. Holton '57 of Washington, D.C., died January 17, 2000. He was professor emeritus in the English department at the University of Maryland, which he had joined in 1961. Coauthor of a new English honors program and of a revision of the doctoral program there, he was also chairman of the modernist discipline group in the English department. Recently named a Fulbright professor to the Czech Republic, Holton translated many books of Serbian, Macedonian, and Eastern European poetry. He was a Fulbright lecturer at Uppsala University in Sweden in 1965-66 and a Fulbright professor at the Cyril and Methodist University in Yugoslavia in 1970. Early in his career he practiced law with Roberts and Weil in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Barclay D. McMillen '57 of Alexandria, Va., died September 9, 2001. He practiced law in Washington and taught at Kent State University and Cape Cod Community College. He specialized in gas pipeline rates while working at the Federal Power Commission and then represented clients at its successor, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in federal court and on Capitol Hill. In addition to teaching political science and law at Kent State, he was a special assistant to the university president during the antiwar protests of the late 1960s, and he published an Internet book on the university's reactions to the fatal shootings of student protesters. He returned to Washington after teaching in Massachusetts and was a lawyer and consultant until about 1990.

William H. Hazen '58 of Brooklyn, N.Y., died October 5, 2001. He was a managing director of the investment firm J. & W. Seligman & Co. in New York City.

Carl M. Selinger '58 of Morgantown, W.Va., died July 22, 2001. He was the recently named Jale J. and Roscoe P. Posten Professor of Law at West Virginia University's College of Law. He joined the college in 1982, served as dean for several years, and then taught courses in legal ethics and the legal profession, torts, comparative law, and appellate advocacy. He worked on many public service activities while at the university, for which he was honored by the West Virginia Legislature. Selinger was former professor at Albany Law School and the University of New Mexico, dean of Bard College and the University of Detroit Law School, and associate dean of the University of Hawaii Law School. Early in his career he worked in private practice before returning to Harvard as a teaching fellow and doing research for the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign. His recent professional interests included human rights and the legal profession in Latin America, and in 1997 he traveled to Mexico as an international observer of elections. He was president of the Human Rights Committee of the Inter-American Bar Association until shortly before his death and received its highest award, the Diploma de Honor.

Stanley J. Siegel LL.M. '58 of McLean, Va., died September 3, 2000.

Thomas C. Jamieson Jr. '59 of Lawrence, N.J., died July 10, 2001. He was a lawyer and civic leader in the Lawrence area for many years. He was partner-in-charge of Pepper Hamilton in Princeton, the successor to Jamieson, Moore, Peskin and Spicer in Princeton and Morristown, where, as chairman and senior partner, he concentrated on land use, insurance, education, and banking law. He was also counsel to the New Jersey Bankers Association for 30 years. Jamieson was a chairman and trustee of St. Francis Medical Center, a trustee of Stuart Country Day School, and president of the board and a trustee of Rider University, the Foundation Fighting Blindness of New Jersey, and the Regional Planning Partnership. A trustee of the I Have a Dream Foundation in Trenton, he helped found the organization's chapter in New Haven, Conn. He was also chairman of the advisory committee of the J. Seward Johnson Jr. Trust and a trustee of the Kerney Foundation and Harvard Club of Princeton.

1960-1969

Ibrahim F. I. Shihata '60-'62 S.J.D. '64 of Washington, D.C., died May 28, 2001. He served for more than 15 years as vice president (later senior vice president) and general counsel and for 17 years as secretary-general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He was also former general counsel of the World Bank. Early in his career Shihata was a member of the Egyptian Conseil d'Etat and of the Technical Bureau of the President of the United Arab Republic. He later taught international law at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. As legal adviser of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for eight years, he was the principal drafter of both the constituent treaties of a number of regional development finance institutions and the agreement establishing the OPEC Special Fund, which later became the OPEC Fund for International Development. He published nearly 30 books, 11 of which relate to the World Bank's work, and more than 200 essays. Following his retirement, Shihata became senior professor of international financial and investment law with the Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, at the University of Dundee in Scotland. In April, to commemorate his contributions to the law of international finance and development, a Liber Amicorum/Festschrift award was presented to him at the World Bank.

Charles G. Kadison Jr. '61 of Acton, Mass., died August 4, 2001. He was in private practice for more than 40 years, retiring in 2000.

Rainer K. Kraus '61 of Washington, D.C., died September 15, 2000.

Michael D. Silber '61 of Birmingham, Mich., died October 9, 2001. An attorney in private practice, he was the first legal counsel for Motown Records and defended the rights of draftees in California during the Vietnam War. He was also coauthor of Who's Who in Hard Money Economics, published in 1980. He had the option of playing with the Philadelphia Phillies--instead of attending HLS--after playing varsity baseball at the University of Michigan, and he was the first international Frisbee champion.

Paul F. Rosenberg '63 of West Orange, N.J., died October 13, 2001. A real estate lawyer, he was a cofounder of Brach, Eichler, Rosenberg, and Silver, based in Roseland, which later became Brach, Eichler, Rosenberg, Silver, Bernstein, Hammer & Gladstone. His work for many charitable organizations across Essex County included service as president of the Jewish Community Housing Corp., a member of the boards of the Jewish Community Federation of MetroWest and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark, and president of the Jewish Community Center of West Orange.

Joseph F. Troy '63 of Los Angeles, Calif., died October 16, 2001. He practiced corporate and securities law and cofounded Troy & Gould in Los Angeles in 1970. Specializing in advising boards of directors of publicly held companies, he directed his firm's drafting of a book on that topic and wrote a handbook on the legal responsibilities of directors. He also was the architect of several initial public offerings, including that of Movie Gallery, on whose board he served. Chairman of the complex litigation task force of the State Bar of California from 1997 to 1999, Troy participated in the creation of the state's new system of complex litigation courts. He was also chairman of state and Los Angeles County bar committees and helped draft the state General Corporations Law, and in 1997 the Los Angeles County Bar Association's business and corporations law section presented him with its Marvin Greene Award for service to the legal community. He was a director of the Los Angeles Opera; served on the board of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation; chaired the International Festival Society promoting the Salzburg Festival; and was cofounder, director, president, and chairman of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Gary T. Schwartz '65 ('66) of Los Angeles, Calif., died July 25, 2001. He taught at UCLA for more than 30 years, holding the William D. Warren Chair, and researching personal injury cases and other forms of tort law. He wrote widely and served as a reporter for the ALI's Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm (Basic Principles). Schwartz was a consultant to several private and governmental groups, including the Rand Corp. Institute for Civil Justice, the Committee for Economic Development, the California Legislature Joint Committee on Tort Liability, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the California Citizens Commission on Tort Reform, and the Los Angeles City Council. He also served on the board of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Legal Services Society. Before joining the UCLA faculty in 1969, he worked in Washington, D.C., with the Neighborhood Legal Services Project and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

James E. Hughes '66 of Indianapolis, Ind., and Mears, Mich., died July 31, 2001. At the time of his death he was a partner and director with Sommer & Barnard in Indianapolis, where he focused his practice on antitrust, civil trial and appellate litigation, and zoning and planning. A fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, he was also president of the Lawyers Club of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Law Club. He served as chairman of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and as secretary and trustee of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation.

William A. Volckhausen '66 of New York City died September 10, 2001. He was executive vice president and general counsel of the Dime Savings Bank of New York. He also served on the boards of Princeton-in-Asia, The Circle in the Square Theater, Asian American Federation, New York Technical College Foundation, and the Brooklyn "A" Legal Services Corp.

1970-1979

Brian M. Freeman '70 of Short Hills, N.J., died October 18, 2001. A venture capitalist and financial adviser, he was president of Brian M. Freeman Enterprises, an investment banking firm he founded in 1985, and later vice chairman of UNext.com, a distance education business he cofounded in 1997. He founded the Freeman Center for Jewish Life at Duke University and was a member of the board of visitors of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy there.

Leonie M. A. Verschuur-de Sonnaville LL.M. '73 of the Netherlands died June 26, 2001. A judge in the District Court of Dordrecht, the Netherlands, she started her career as an attorney in Rotterdam. For many years she was the legal adviser at the Private Law Legislation Division of the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

James A. Rohwer '74 of Hong Kong died September 2, 2001. He was a senior contributing editor at Fortune magazine and wrote about the Asian and global economies both there and in the 1990s books Asia Rising and Remade in America. Earlier in his career he was an economist for Credit Suisse First Boston, based in Hong Kong, and the Asian correspondent and deputy editor for the Economist.

1980-1989

Glenn D. Kesselhaut '82 of Chappaqua, N.Y., died July 25, 2001. He was a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City.

Martin Schodermeier LL.M. '85 of Idstein, Germany, died June 26, 2001.


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