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April 2004       Vol. 33, No. 4       Page  104
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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


Robert E. Bluhm died November 1, 2003. He was 68. Bluhm was born in Rantoul, Illinois. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa; a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois; a Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley; and a J.D. degree from the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law. Bluhm had several occupations throughout his life, including policeman and university professor (University of Illinois and U.S. Air Force Academy). He served thirty-one active and reserve years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. His tours of duty included Vietnam, as well as Germany and Turkey during the "Desert Storm" offensive. Bluhm was admitted to practice law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Colorado Supreme Court. He became licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1973 and was a member of the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Associations for twenty-nine years. Bluhm is survived by his wife Eunice, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Contributions in Bluhm’s memory may be made to National Jewish Medical and Research Memorial Fund (for interstitial lung disease), 1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80206.

Brighton attorney Edward A. Brown died February 17, 2004. He was 72. Brown was born in Holdrege, Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Hastings College and a J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was president of his senior class. Brown was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1958. He maintained a forty-six-year partnership with the law firm of Daniel, McCain & Brown, LLC. Brown joined the American Bar Association in 1958 and the Colorado and Adams County Bar Associations in 1959. He had memberships in several CBA Sections, including Agricultural and Rural Law, Business Law, Real Estate Law, and Trust & Estate Law. In 1991, the CBA recognized Brown with a "Certificate of Professionalism." He also was a member of the American Legion, having served in the U.S. Navy on the Island of Malta. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club and served on the Board for the Ministry of Care with the First Presbyterian Church in Brighton. Brown’s wife of forty-nine years died on February 18, 2004. They are survived by three children. Contributions in Brown’s name may be made to Rotary International, c/o Brighton Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1084, Brighton, CO 80601; or Ponca Library Fund, Ponca, NE 68770.

Jonathan C. S. Cox died February 1, 2004. He was 59. Cox was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where he was captain of the varsity soccer team; an M.A. degree from the University of Denver; and a J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1971. He began practicing law in London, working on oil and gas legal issues. When he returned to Denver, his practice also included complex commercial litigation. In 1988, he moved to California and expanded his practice to include business relationships. At the time of his death, Cox was the co-manager of the firm’s California office and supervised the trial work. Cox was admitted to practice law in Colorado, California, New York, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals Second, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; the U.S. Federal Courts; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He founded the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, served as its Editor-in-Chief, and became President of the International Law Society. Cox was a member of the CBA Lawyer’s Professional Liability Committee and was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. Memorial contributions in Cox’s name may be made to the Ved Nanda Professorship, University of Denver College of Law, 2266 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80208; or Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Ave., East Hampton, MA 01027.

Walter John Predovich died January 30, 2004. He was 84. Predovich was born in Pueblo, Colorado, graduating from Central High School. He attended the University of Michigan and Colorado College, where he earned an undergraduate degree. He received his law degree from DU College of Law. Predovich was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1945, after which he served two years in the U.S. Navy. Predovich was esteemed by his colleagues and clients for his business acumen, and was easily distinguishable by his "full head of white hair," the black patch over his right eye, and his "dapper" style of dressing. (Working at home, he was hit in the eye by a piece of metal, which caused him to lose his eye.) He shared a law partnership with Lester Ward. Among the high-profile clients the Predovich & Ward law firm represented are The Denver Post, Helen G. Bonfils, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Predovich enjoyed a day on the golf course or at the dog tracks, as well as a good game of gin rummy. Predovich became a member of the CBA, as well as the Bar Associations of El Paso and Pueblo Counties in 1947. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, two sons, and two 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 advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. For information or to become a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith, (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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