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May 2003       Vol. 32, No. 5       Page  91
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Hardin Holmes died on March 28, 2003. He was 76. Holmes was born in Centralia, Washington. He received degrees from Stanford University and Yale Law School. He was originally admitted to practice law in New York in 1954. Holmes moved to Denver in 1958 and became licensed to practice law in Colorado that year. He practiced corporate law with the Denver law firm of Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe P.C., and had an active practice at the time of his death. Holmes joined the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1958 and had attained "Senior" status. He was a member of the Business Law and International Law Sections, and served on the CBA Board of Governors. His record of community service in Denver was long and distinguished. He served on the boards of many organizations, including the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, Denver Art Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Denver Mental Health Center, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. He also chaired numerous legal aid committees. Holmes is survived by four children. Donations in Holmes’s memory may be made to: The Boys and Girls Clubs, Attn. Charlotte Schmidt, 2017 W. 9th Ave., Denver, CO 80204.

Attorney and former Mayor of Denver, James Quigg Newton, died on April 4, 2003. He was 91. Newton was born in Denver in 1911. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, graduating in 1929. He graduated from Yale University in 1933 and Yale Law School in 1936, after which he clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice William O. Douglas. He served as a legal officer, then as Commander, in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1946. In what is commonly called a "surprising upset," Newton defeated the five-term Mayor Ben Stapleton in an election with the highest turnout of voters in Denver’s history. Newton served as Denver’s Mayor from 1947 to 1955 and was the youngest mayor in the city’s history. In 2003, he was the city’s oldest living ex-mayor. As Mayor, Newton set up the Career Service Authority and the city’s first Committee on Human Relations. He approved the city’s first sales tax and established the city’s first department of public health. Also during his eight-year tenure as Mayor, Newton instituted diagonal intersection crossings for pedestrians, which were quite innovative for that time and soon were copied in other cities. The city built the Denver Coliseum, expanded the main public library and Stapleton Airport, and added a sports arena to the City Auditorium while Newton was Mayor. The Denver Regional Council of Governments was developed from a local government group established by Newton. Newton also served as President of the University of Colorado-Boulder from 1956 to 1963. The nationally acclaimed Shakespeare Festival was established during his presidency, and Newton is generally credited with taking the state university to a nationally recognized status. After his tenure as university president, Newton moved to New York, where he headed the Commonwealth Fund, and then to Palo Alto, California, where he was in charge of the Kaiser Foundation. Newton returned to Colorado in 1981, joining the Denver law firm now known as Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP, where he continued to practice until his death. Newton is survived by his wife Virginia, four daughters, and eight grandchildren. Contributions in Newton’s memory may be made to: University of Colorado Foundation for the Quigg and Virginia Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership, P.O. Box 1140, Boulder CO 80306; or the University of Denver School of International Studies, 2202 Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208.

Denver native William W. Schley died on March 10, 2003. He was 73. Schley was raised in north Denver and spent most of his adult life there. He graduated from North High School and attended the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he received his law degree in 1958. Schley worked for the law firm of Lentz, Evans & King from 1973 to 1992, specializing in estate planning and probate law, and later was in private practice. He was involved in politics and civic causes in north Denver for more than twenty years. He served as a Democratic precinct committeeperson and county executive committee member, and was a member of the Denver County Democratic Party Rules Committee. Schley helped draft legislation concerning patients’ rights and estate law, and served as a volunteer on behalf of several civic philanthropic organizations. Schley was a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations for forty-five years. He was a member of the CBA Trust and Estate Section and was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers program. Schley is survived by his wife Shirley, three children, and nine grandchildren. Contributions in Schley’s memory may be made to: Bill Schley Schoolbook Memorial Fund, c/o Denver Public Schools Foundation, 900 Grant St., Ste. 710, Denver, CO 80203.

The Colorado Bar Foundation ("Foundation") is one means of commemorating members of the profession. For details about becoming a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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