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June 2003       Vol. 32, No. 6       Page  127
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Solo practitioner Daniel J. Collyar died in April 2003. He was 47. Collyar was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1980. He became a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1985. Throughout his eighteen-year membership, Collyar participated in the CBA Tax, Real Estate, Business, and Construction Law Sections, and the Professionalism Committee, as well as the DBA Judicial Administrative, Community Concerns, and Bench-Bar Retreat Committees. He also had been a member of the CBA Labor Law Section from 1997 to 2000. Collyar is survived by his wife, Sara. Contributions in Collyar’s memory may be made to: Denver Ronald McDonald House, 1300 E. 21st Ave., Denver, CO 80205.

Donald S. Graham died on May 10, 2003. He was 94. Graham was born in Pittsburg, Kansas. He moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado–Boulder ("CU"). He received his J.D. degree from CU School of Law in 1932, and was elected to the Order of Coif. After graduation, Graham worked in the legal department of the Federal Land Bank in Wichita, Kansas, then returned to Colorado where he taught for a short time during 1940 at the CU School of Law. Graham moved to Denver in 1940 and began his practice of law with the Denver firm of Lewis and Grant. That firm became Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, and Graham maintained his practice with the firm until his retirement in 1977. He served in the capacity of Of Counsel with the firm until his death. Graham was a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Department, with a rank of Major, from 1942 through 1946. He married Lucile Stubbs in April 1947. In 1995, Graham was presented with the William Lee Knous Award from the CU School of Law, in recognition of his outstanding legal achievements. He was an Honor Life member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He also was a member of the American Law Institute and the University Club in Denver. For many years, Graham was Secretary and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Art Museum, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico. Graham’s wife preceded him in death in 1998. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Contributions in Graham’s memory may be made to the Denver Art Museum, the Santa Fe Opera, the Salvation Army, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Carol Phillips Lomax died on April 22, 2003. She was 60. Lomax was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia University with Bachelor and Master degrees in English. She attended the University of Denver College of Law, graduating in 1984. In 1985, she married and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she resided until her death. Lomax was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; and the District of Colorado. Lomax is survived by her husband and four children. Donations in Lomax’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society: (210) 595-0258.

Attorney Debra L. Kelly of Pagosa Springs died in a car/bicycle accident while vacationing in Hawaii in April 2003. She was 50. Kelly was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In 1975, she received an undergraduate degree from Quinnipiak College in New Haven, Connecticut. She relocated to Colorado, where she attended the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating in 1983. After graduation, she clerked for the Boulder law firm then known as Long & Jaudon. Debra Kelly was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1985. Debra met Reid Kelly during law school, and the two married in 1987. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1987, where Debra Kelly worked, and eventually became a partner, at the law firm known as Cross Gaddis Kin & Kelly. In 1996, the Kellys relocated to Pagosa Springs. They maintained a private law practice there—The Kelly Law Firm—emphasizing family law and domestic relations. Kelly was highly respected by her colleagues, who remember her as being an especially strong advocate for her clients. Kelly joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1987, and was a member of the Southwest Colorado Chapter of the CBA ("Chapter"). Because of her long-time memberships, Kelly had attained "Senior" status of the CBA, as well as of the Chapter and the El Paso County local bar. She also had memberships in the CBA Family Law Section and the Professionalism Committee. She was a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the ABA, and the El Paso Women Lawyers Association, of which she served as President during 1991–1992. In addition to her husband, Kelly is survived by one son. Contributions in Kelly’s memory may be made to: Bicycle Colorado, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., Suite 236, Denver, CO 80202 [(303) 417-1544;]; or PATH (People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii), P.O. Box 62, Kailua Kona, HI 96745.

Denver attorney Marlin D. Opperman died in 2002. He was 64. Opperman received B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Denver ("DU"), as well as a J.D. degree in 1968 from DU College of Law. He later taught at DU. Opperman served as an assistant attorney general before opening the law firm of Opperman & Associates in 1983. He joined the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1977 and had attained the status of "Senior" member. He was a member of the CBA Court Reform Committee and the Real Estate and Water Law Sections. He also was a contributor to the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. Opperman is survived by his wife, two children, and one grandchild. Contributions in Opperman’s memory may be made to: Kidney Cancer Assoc., 1234 Sherman Ave., Ste. 203, Evanston, IL 60202-1375.

Dorothy F. Smith, of Cortez, Colorado, died March 2, 2003. She was 77. Smith was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Michigan. She received her law degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1968. She specialized in civil rights and labor issues and spent much of her legal career defending the rights of the poor and underserved. Smith acted as a judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Evanston, Illinois, from 1989 to 1990 and represented the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service in Detroit from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, Smith moved to Kingman, Arizona, where she directed an office of the Community Legal Services. In Mesa, Arizona, Smith served as President of the East Valley Bar Association. Smith relocated to Cortez, Colorado, in 2000 and worked in the office of the Montezuma County District Attorney. She opened a private practice in 2002, specializing in immigration and employment law. She served on the boards of United Way, the Piñon Arts and Humanities Alliance, and the League of Women Voters. She was a member of the CBA Solo Small Firm Practice Section. Smith is survived by her daughter and 2-year-old grandson.

Sherman Walrod, of Holyoke, Colorado, died at the age of 91. Walrod joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1939. During his career, he was a member of several CBA committees, including the Ethics, Interprofessional, Legislative, Judiciary, Lawyer Referral Services, Public Relations, and Availability of Legal Services Committees. He was an Honor Life member of the Thirteenth Judicial District Chapter of the CBA.


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 details about becoming a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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