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January 2003       Vol. 32, No. 1       Page  86
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The Colorado Bar Association Remembers
The Lives and Contributions of
Colorado Attorneys

Boulder attorney Clayton N. "Swede" Johnson died October 14, 2002. He was 65. Johnson was born in Red Oak, Iowa, and moved to Boulder in 1955. He married Linda L. Lacy in December 1959. He received a Bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Colorado–Boulder ("CU") in 1960, and earned a law degree from the CU School of Law in 1963. Johnson became a member of the Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") that same year. He served as legal counsel to Sen. Peter H. Dominick in Washington, D.C., from 1965 to 1968. Johnson resumed his law practice in Boulder in 1969, specializing in the practice of real estate law. In 1976, he joined Byron Chrisman and Michael Bynum to form what would become Boulder’s largest law firm, Chrisman, Bynum and Johnson, where for twenty-five years Johnson specialized in real estate, land use, and corporate contracts. He retired from the firm in December 2001. Johnson was an active participant in several professional and community organizations. He was a founder of the Boulder County Bar Foundation and was a member of the Boulder County and American Bar Associations, as well as the CU School of Law Alumni Association. He was a member of the CBA Real Estate Law Section since 1963. Johnson was former chair of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and served on the Boulder County Board for Developmental Disabilities, as well as on the board of the City of Boulder Housing Authority. In 1997, Johnson received the CU "Alumni Recognition Award," and in 1998, he was presented with the "Distinguished Achievement—Practitioner Award" from the CU School of Law. Swede Johnson is survived by his wife, four children, and seven grandchildren. Contributions in Johnson’s memory may be made to: CU School of Law Foundation, Clayton Johnson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1140, Boulder, CO 80306-1140; or Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 3485 Stanford Ct., Boulder, CO 80305.

Donald C. McKinlay died on November 12, 2002. He was 86. McKinlay was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1937 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1940. He served as a U.S. Naval Officer during World War II. McKinlay was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1946, and joined the CBA that year as well. He practiced law for thirty years with Holme Roberts & Owen LLP. He was an Honor Life member of both the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He also was a member of the DenverCountry Club, the Cactus Club, and the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies, and served on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. After his retirement from the practice of law, McKinlay volunteered his services to the Legal Aid Society. McKinlay is survived by three children, two stepchildren, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Contributions may be made in McKinlay’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Denver. Call (303) 813-1669.

Hon. George McNamara, a Denver District Court Judge for twenty-five years, died November 4, 2002. He was 92. McNamara was born in Denver. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver, after which he became a Denver policeman and then worked for the FBI in Los Angeles; New Orleans; and Jacksonville, Florida. McNamara returned to Denver, where he married in 1945, and attended Westminster Law School at night. He received a law degree in 1948. He joined the CBA in 1949. In 1952, McNamara became a Municipal Judge in Denver. He served as a Denver District Court Judge from 1960 to 1985. He is survived by his wife Margaret and one son. Donations in McNamara’s memory may be made to: Samaritan House, 2301 Lawrence St., Denver, CO 80205.

Attorney John P. Thompson died November 14, 2002. He was 82. Thompson grew up in Utah and Wisconsin. He attended George Washington University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in economics in 1942. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1943, and served as a dive bomber pilot in the South Pacific islands during World War II. He moved to Colorado after the war and attended the University of Denver College of Law, graduating with the highest grades in his class. Thompson was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1950. In 1954, he was appointed to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, where he served as a commissioner until 1959. Thompson founded the Transportation Law Institute in 1968. In 1977, the Transportation Lawyers Association ("TLA") awarded Thompson with a Distinguished Service Award and, recently, the TLA presented him with a lifetime achievement award.Thompson joined the CBA in 1984 and was a member of the Environmental Law Section. He also was a member of the Arapahoe County Bar Association. He retired from the practice of law in 1994. Thompson is survived by Rena Brunner, his companion of twenty years; four children; and several grandchildren.

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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