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December 2003       Vol. 32, No. 12       Page  125

In Memoriam

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

Abraham Bowling, retired Adams County District Court Judge, died June 15, 2003. He was 84. Bowling was born in London, Kentucky, and resided in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the past sixteen years. He was a World War II veteran, who served in the U.S. Army. An alumnus of the University of Kentucky, Bowling was first admitted to practice law in 1948. He became licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1954. Bowling joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1964. He served on the CBA Traffic Courts Committee and was a representative of the CBA Board of Governors. He had attained the status of CBA Honor Life member. Bowling also had memberships in the El Jebel Shrine of Denver; Masonic Lodge of Brock, Kentucky; Elks Lodge; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Bowling is survived by his wife Ann, one daughter, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Sandra C. Carr, coordinator of the Weld County Legal Services ("WCLS") in Greeley died October 20, 2003. She was 42. Carr was born in San Luis, Colorado. After graduating from Greeley Central High School in 1979, she married John T. Carr. They lived in Evans, Colorado, since 1981. Carr was the coordinator of WCLS from 2000 and was active in promoting pro bono legal services to the poor. She was widely recognized for her sensitivity to clients’ needs and her dedication to arranging for the delivery of legal services to them. Carr is survived by her husband and two sons. Contributions in Carr’s name may be made to the Sandy Carr Memorial Fund, c/o Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Ave., Evans, CO 80620.

Attorney Donald A. Eckstein died June 28, 2003. He was 68. Eckstein was licensed to practice law in Colorado and became a CBA member in 1990. Eckstein was a solo practitioner, specializing in employment law. He was a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections, as well as the CBA AIDS Coordinating Committee. Eckstein is survived by his wife Mimi and one son.

Harry A. Frumess died August 8, 2003. He was 87. Frumess was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1940. His sixty-three year CBA and DBA membership earned him an Honor Life status. He is survived by his wife Doris, three children, and four grandchildren.

Denver attorney Richard A. "Dick" Hanneman died in October 2003. He was 69. Hanneman graduated from Regis University with an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and was licensed to practice law in the state in 1961. Hanneman joined the CBA and DBA in 1970, and was a member of the CBA Court Liaison Committee and the DBA Bench Bar Committee. He was admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Hanneman practiced law for thirty-three years with the Denver law firm of Hall & Evans LLC, most recent as Of Counsel to the firm. He had a defense and trial practice, concentrating on premises liability, products liability, medical and dental malpractice, automobile and truck litigation, and insurance coverage issues. Hanneman had memberships in several associations, including the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections, Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, Colorado Supreme Court Civil Justice Committee, American Arbitration Association, and the Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Society. Contributions in Hanneman’s name may be made to: Assistance League of Denver, Operation Schoolbell, 1400 Josephine St., Denver, CO 80206.

Retired attorney James W. Heyer died September 7, 2003. He was 75. Heyer was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1952. He was an Honor Life member of the CBA and DBA, which he joined in 1973. During his membership, Heyer participated in the DBA Judiciary Committee.

James R. Horton died October 21, 2003. He was 75. Horton was native of Nampa, Idaho. He graduated from Idaho State College after completing a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, where he was a member of the Hospital Corps. Horton married Barbara Ladd in 1951. When they relocated to Denver, Horton attended the University of Denver College of Law. He graduated in 1956 and became licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1957. He joined the CBA and DBA in 1959, and was a member of of the Business Law and Bankruptcy Sections. Horton practiced law for forty years. He held memberships in the Optimists, Masons, and Elks organizations. He is survived by his wife and three children. Contributions in Horton’s memory may be made to the Optimists International Foundation, c/o Tom Overton, 5703 S. Telluride Way, Aurora, CO 80015.


Trial attorney Christopher A. Miranda died October 18, 2003. He was 46. Miranda was born in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Poudre High School in Fort Collins in 1975. Miranda was a political science major at Stanford University, and graduated in 1979. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and became licensed to practice law in the Colorado in 1982. Miranda was a practicing trial lawyer in Denver for twenty-one years. He taught at both Colorado law schools, as well as for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Miranda joined the CBA and DBA in 1984. His membership included participation in the CBA Board of Governors, the CBA Executive Council, CBA Joint Management and Diversity in the Legal Profession Committees, as well as the DBA Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, serving a term as its president, and was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. Miranda was an avid golfer, fisherman, and poker player. He also enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his wife Mary and their daughter. Memorial contributions in Miranda’s name may be made to the Chris Miranda Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Poudre Impala Fund, Poudre High School, 201 Impala Dr., Ft. Collins, CO 80521.


Isaac E. Moore died October 16, 2003. He was 79. Moore was born in Colorado Springs in a hospital for African Americans that had been established by his father, Dr. Edward Isaac Moore. After his father’s death, he moved with his family to California, where he attended high school. He attended the University of Southern California for two years, then transferred to the University of Colorado–Boulder. Moore attended the University of Colorado School of Law and in 1949 was the second African American to receive a law degree from that school. He joined the CBA in 1950 and was a member of the Real Estate Law and Trust & Estate Sections. In 1958, Moore was elected to serve a two-year term in the Colorado legislature. He also was appointed to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives in 1964. During his tenure with the legislature, Moore worked ardently to help pass civil rights and fair housing laws; in fact, the Colorado bill to legislate fair housing that Moore sponsored was the first of its kind in the nation. He also sponsored bills that would allow interracial marriage and the integration of cemeteries, in addition to a bill to allow blood tests in paternity actions. Moore was considered a "trailblazer" and "mentor" who opened the doors for other African Americans in pursuit of higher education. He helped establish the Kappa Alpha Phi Scholarship Foundation and provided no-cost legal services for people in need. He was active in the NAACP and helped found the Latin American Research and Service Agency in 1964. Moore is survived by his wife, two children, and two stepchildren. Contributions in Moore’s memory may be made to the Isaac E. Moore Scholarship Fund, Delta Eta Boule Foundation, c/o Gary Jackson, 1741 High St., Denver, CO 80218; or Kappa Alpha Phi Scholarship Foundation, 3902 S. Olive St., Denver, CO 80237.


Grand Junction attorney James R. Richards died October 16, 2003. He was 69. Richards graduated from Western State College and the University of Colorado School of Law. He was licensed to practice law in the state in 1960. Richards worked as an assistant Colorado attorney general; was on the staff of the late Sen. Peter Dominick; practiced water law in Gunnison, Colorado; and worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Denver. In 1969, Richards joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime Task Force, directing investigations into official criminal action. He served as Inspector General for the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior under President Reagan, retiring at the end of that Administration. When Richards returned to Colorado, he served on the executive committee of Club 20 and on the board of the Walker Field Airport Authority in Grand Junction. He was a member of the Colorado and Mesa County Bar Associations since 1960. Contributions in Richards’ name may be made to the Jim Richards 1954 Football Scholarship, Western State College, P.O. Box 1264, Gunnison, CO 81230.


Thomas J. Roberts died September 9, 2003. He was 56. Roberts was born in Rockville Centre, New York. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and earned a Purple Heart during an eight-month stint of active combat. Roberts was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, and remained in the state at the end his tour of duty in the U.S. Army. As a civilian, he continued to be an avid pilot, flight instructor, and aviation mechanic. Roberts earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1987 and became a member of the CBA and DBA in 1988. Roberts participated in the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section and was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. He worked for several years for the Sawaya, Rose & Sawaya law firm, concentrating on personal injury cases. Recently, he was employed with The Frickey Law Firm, emphasizing workers’ compensation law. For many years, Roberts was chair of the Boulder Share Our Strength, Taste of the Nation charitable organization.

Samuel H. Sterling died October 9, 2001. He was 94. Sterling was born in Pueblo, Colorado. When his mother died in 1918, Sterling moved to California with his father and two brothers. He father died in 1922, and Sterling and his brothers were brought back to Colorado to live with their maternal aunts. Sterling graduated from high school in Fort Morgan. He attended the University of Denver, and received his LL.B. in 1929. While at the University of Denver, he joined a cavalry unit of the Colorado National Guard, and served as an officer until 1938, when he received a medical discharge. Just after the stock market crash in 1929, Sterling began the practice of law as an associate doing title work. Sterling was active in Democratic politics and became staff counsel with the Home Owners Loan Corporation when it was formed in 1933, and then became state counsel in 1937, succeeding Ira Quiat. When World War II began, Sterling obtained a commission as a captain in the Air Force, and joined the Inspector General’s Corp. After sustaining an injury while on an inspection in Canada, Sterling returned to Denver in 1945. He resumed his law practice, specializing in real estate law. During this time, he acted as an agent for the Haganah (the Israel defense forces), secretly obtaining arms and ammunition for the Jewish forces until the state of Israel was formed. He continued his practice of law as a solo practitioner until 1973, when he joined his son, Harry M. Sterling, in the practice until 1989. Sterling was an Honor Life member of the CBA and DBA, having joined in 1942. At the time of his death, Sterling was survived by two sons and two brothers, all admitted to practice law in the state.


Roberta J. Steinhardt-Ehrlich died August 16, 2003. She was 48. Steinhardt-Ehrlich was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, but was raised in Denver from early childhood. She graduated from Cherry Creek High School and attended Northwestern University, where she received an undergraduate degree. She earned her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law ("DU") and was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1979. Steinhardt-Ehrlich worked as a juvenile district attorney and served as a Jefferson County magistrate of juvenile and domestic court. She also taught at DU for eight years. Steinhardt-Ehrlich joined the CBA in 1987 and also was a member of the First Judicial District Bar Association. During her membership, she participated in the CBA Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections. In 1998, Steinhardt-Ehrlich was appointed the first ombudsperson at the Colorado University Health Sciences Center. During her tenure, she wrote a chapter in a compliance treatise for lawyers on how to set up an ombuds program. She was active with Little People of America on local and national levels. Steinhardt-Ehrlich is survived by her husband, one son, three stepchildren, and three grandchildren. Contributions in Steinhardt-Ehrlich’s name may be made to Little People of America, Front Range Chapter No. 26, P.O. Box 65030, Lubbock, TX 79464-5030, or to a charity of choice.


Fort Collins attorney William C. "Bill" Stover died October 26, 2003. He was 83. Stover’s family traces its residency in Fort Collins to the 1860s. Bill Stover’s grandfather, Charles B. Timberlake was a U.S. Congressman for Northern Colorado, and his father, former County Court Judge Fred W. Stover, was an elected Mayor of Fort Collins. Stover served in the U.S. Army during World War II, retiring with a rank of first lieutenant. He attended Standford Law School after his military service and became licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1949. He was an Honor Life member of the CBA and the Larimer County Bar Association ("LCBA"), having joined in 1950. During his membership, Stover served as president of the LCBA during 1960–1961, and was chair of the CBA Ethics and Real Estate Committees. He is survived by his wife Frances Kikta, four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Contributions in Stover’s memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Hospice of Larimer County, c/o Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Rd., Ft. Collins, CO 80526.


Attorney John E. Walberg died in August 2003. He was 80. Walberg was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1951. He was an Honor Life member of the CBA and DBA. His membership spanned fifty-two years. Walberg also was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. He is survived by his wife Floy, three children, and seven grandchildren.


The Colorado Bar Foundation ("Foundation") was established in 1953, and is one means of commemorating members of the profession. The Foundation functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, and promotes the advance ment of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. For complete information and to become a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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