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December 2002       Vol. 31, No. 12       Page  130
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Retired Denver attorney Vincent Cristiano died in October 2002. He was 88. Cristiano was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1939. He joined the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1953, and attained an Honor Life membership status. He is survived by Eleonore, his wife of fifty-five years, two children, and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Cristiano’s name may be made to Hospice of Metropolitan Denver, 425 S. Cherry, Ste. 700, Denver, CO 80246.

Attorney Matthew T. Gay died in October 2002. He was 56. Gay was originally admitted to practice law in 1973, and was licensed in the state of Colorado in 1983. He had attained "Senior" status with the CBA and DBA. Gay was a supporter of Metro Volunteer Lawyers from 1994 through 1999. He resided in California at the time of his death.

Scott Wayne W. Lawrence, a Douglas County District Judge, died October 22, 2002. He was 55. Lawrence was born in Vancouver, Washington. He graduated from high school in Auburn, California, and graduated from California State College with a major in German. He used his fluency in the language as a tour guide in Germany. Lawrence also became fluent in the Vietnamese language and served in the military in Vietnam, where he was awarded a bronze star. Lawerence and his wife Sharon were married in Colorado in 1972. He earned a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law and was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1975. Lawrence served as deputy district attorney for Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert Counties for four years before going into the private practice of law. He concentrated mostly in personal injury and liability cases during his twelve years of private practice. In 1993, Lawrence was appointed as Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial District in Douglas and Elbert Counties, and continued to work until he retired in 2000 due to ill health. In 1999, the Colorado, Aurora, Arapahoe, and Douglas-Elbert Bar Associations presented Lawrence with the Professionalism Award. During his personal time, Lawrence became accomplished in woodworking and gardening and had a great interest in literature. He is survived by two children.

Aspen attorney Barbara Ornitz died on September 13, 2002. She was 53. Ornitz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1971 and a J.D. degree from Hastings College of Law in 1974. Ornitz was licensed to practice law in California in 1974 and in 1975, she was admitted to practice law in Colorado. She became a CBA member in 1978 and was a member of the Pitkin County Bar Association and the CBA Family Law Section. Ornitz was a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Denver before moving to Aspen in 1976, where she was active in community-based public policy initiatives. In addition to practicing law in Aspen since 1979 with her husband, Dwight K. Shellman, Jr., Ornitz was an officer of the Woody Creek Caucus, was a leader in establishing the Cancer Guide program at Aspen Valley Hospital, and, along with Shellman, was an officer of the Caddo Lake Institute, which conducts a wetlands conservation program at Caddo Lake in Texas. Additionally, Ornitz had published works on coral reef conservation and maritime oil spill response standards. Contributions in Ornitz’s name may be made to: Barbara Ornitz Cancer Challenge, P.O. Box 2710, Aspen, CO 81612.

Michael C. Silberberg, a Colorado-licensed attorney since May 2002, died in Carbondale on October 25, 2002. He was 62. Silberberg was a partner in the New York law firm of Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Silberberg, P.C. He was a new member of the Colorado Bar Association, and was a member of the Pitkin County local bar.

See information on Warren L. Tomlinson, page 138.

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