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July 2002       Vol. 31, No. 7       Page  142
In Memoriam

In Memoriam


Denver attorney Sam Berman died in April 2002. He was 90. Berman graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1933. He joined the CBA and DBA in 1940 and was an Honor Life member of both associations. He was active in several bar association committees, including: the DBA Membership, Intraprofessional, Grievance, and Real Estate Law Committees; and the CBA Unauthorized Practice of Law and Interprofessional Committees. Berman is survived by five children and eight grandchildren. Contributions in Berman’s memory can be sent to: Camp and Scholarship Fund at BMH-BJ Synagogue, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver, CO 80224; or Jewish Family Service, 1355 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 400, Denver, CO 80222.


Defense attorney Terri Brake of Denver died May 5, 2002. She was 50. Brake was a trial and appellate attorney, and a familiar name among public defenders in Colorado. She began working in the Colorado Public Defender’s Office in 1976, when the state’s public defender system was still relatively new. Brake headed the appellate division from 1979 to 1981. She defended several high-profile death penalty cases during her tenure there. In 1983, she left state employment to go into private practice. In 1985, Brake was appointed to a Denver County judgeship, a position she resigned in 2001. She is remembered by her colleagues as a "dedicated" and "inspiring" public defender.


Martin Clark Coker of Fort Collins died January 22, 2002. He was 89. Coker was born in Lamar, Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1937. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. Coker married Elsie Houze in 1943, and they resided in Fort Collins the majority of their lives. Coker earned a master’s degree in law from the University of Colorado in 1948. He served as director of Social Services for Larimer County from 1949 to 1981, when he retired. Coker is survived by his wife, four children, and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in Coker’s memory to: National Parks Conservation Association, P.O. Box 97202, Washington, D.C. 20077-7433.


Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ("CCDB") Executive Director Mary Margaret Halloran died February 21, 2002. She was 60. Halloran was active in the publishing industry, first in New York, then in Denver, where she relocated in 1965. She was a member of the Colorado Authors League, the Denver Woman’s Press Club, and the Denver Press Club’s Gridiron Show. She is remembered by CCDB members as "witty," "strong," and "courageous." Halloran is survived by her husband, Warwick Downing, one son, and two step-children.Contributions in Halloran’s memory may be made to: Hospice of Metro Denver, 425 S. Cherry St., Ste. 700, Denver, CO 80246-1234; or the American Cancer Society, 2255 S. Oneida St., Denver, CO 80224.


Daniel E. Quigley, a sole practitioner in Colorado Springs, died April 21, 2002. He was 79. Quigley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Law. He began his law practice in Colorado Springs in 1953 and actively practiced there his entire life. Quigley was active in legal, political, and community affairs. He joined the CBA in 1954. He was a member of the Trust and Estate and Court Reform Committees. Additionally, Quigley served as El Paso County Bar Association President during 1971-1972, and was a member of the CBA Board of Governors from 1975 to 1978. He also served as chair of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and actively supported the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America. Quigley enjoyed camping, fishing, and hiking, especially in Creede, Colorado. He is survived by his wife and three children. The family has established a memorial to purchase artwork for community enjoyment in downtown Colorado Springs. Memorial contributions in Quigley’s name can be sent to: Community Ventures, Inc., c/o US Bank, 6 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.


The Colorado Bar Foundation ("Foundation") is one means of commemorating members of the profession. The Foundation was established in 1953 and functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation promotes the advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants to help educate the general public and provide assistance to the state’s legal institutions. All gifts to the Foundation are deductible contributions for federal income tax purposes. For additional details about becoming a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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