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September 2004       Vol. 33, No. 9       Page  52
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Janet R.

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

Attorney Janet R. Eaton died May 30, 2004. She was 57. Eaton was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated first in her law school class at the University of Cincinnati in 1975. Her first years as an attorney were spent working with the Cincinnati Legal Aid Society. She also worked as a family law attorney and mediator in Cincinnati. She was an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University and acted as general counsel for the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board in Ohio. Eaton relocated to Colorado Springs, where she practiced family mediation through the Fourth Judicial District Office of Dispute Resolution in Colorado Springs. She was a member of the CBA and El Paso County Bar Association ("EPCBA"). She participated in the CBA Family Law Section and chaired the EPCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She played an active role in the preparation of an ADR directory for EPCBA members. Eaton also was a trained classical singer and an accomplished photographer. Two of Eaton’s photographs appear on the covers of The Colorado Lawyer—January 2003 and April 2004. Eaton is survived by her husband Jerry.

Retired real estate attorney Ralph E. Hall, Jr. died June 13, 2004. He was 72. Hall graduated from University of Denver College of Law in 1958. He was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1959. Hall had a private law practice in Denver that spanned thirty years. He maintained CBA and Denver Bar Association ("DBA") memberships throughout his legal career. After his retirement in 1989, Hall relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Hall is survived by his wife Bobbi, three daughters, and eight grandchildren.

Attorney William L. Rice died in July 2004. He was 91. Rice was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1938. He was an Honor Life member of the CBA and DBA, having joined in 1939. Throughout his legal career, Rice participated in the CBA Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. He served as Committee Chair from 1963 to 1966. He also was a member of the DBA Judiciary Committee. Rice is survived by one son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Rebekah McBride
died July 12, 2004. She was 58. McBride practiced law in Craig, Colorado, for eighteen years. She was in private practice, served as the town’s assistant magistrate, and volunteered hundreds of hours of legal assistance to low-income residents in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. McBride was born in San Antonio, Texas. The family relocated to Chappaqua, New York, but McBride returned to Texas to attend undergraduate and law schools. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her law degree from the University of Texas. In between degrees, she spent time in the Peace Corps, serving in Tunisia, and then studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. After moving to Craig, McBride worked for the Colowyo Coal Co., before opening a private practice that emphasized representation in family law matters. She founded the Independent Life Center in Craig and served as its board treasurer. She also was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Association, CrimeStoppers, and Advocates–Crisis Support Services. In 1989, McBride was presented with the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award by the Northwest Legal Services Project. For many years, McBride contributed more than 100 hours of pro bono legal services each year to the community. McBride’s membership with the CBA and Northwest Colorado Bar Association began in 1979. She is survived by her father and two siblings.

Anne Gorsuch Burford died July 18, 2004. She was 62. Burford was born in Casper, Wyoming. Her family relocated to Denver when she was an infant. Burford attended the University of Colorado–Boulder, where she received Master’s and J.D. degrees by the age of 21. She also studied in India for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship. Burford was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1976. In 1981, she was appointed director of the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") by President Ronald Reagan. During her two years as EPA director, she also served as regional administrator of the agency. She returned to Denver after her stint in Washington, D.C. She had a private practice of law, emphasizing children’s advocacy. Burford was a member of the CBA from 1996 to 2001. She is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

Jane Woodhouse McLaughlin died July 21, 2004. She was 89. Woodhouse McLaughlin was born in Hartford, Connecticut and grew up in Weathersfield, Connecticut. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, graduating in 1936 with a degree in theatre. She attended Washington College of Law, earning a degree in 1948. Her interests lay in mental health, and Woodhouse McLaughlin became the first president of the Colorado Mental Health Association. In 1956, she was elected to the state legislature, where she met and married Frederic McLaughlin, a member of the House of Representatives. After her five-year service as a legislator, Woodhouse McLaughlin became a guardian ad litem for children who were wards of the state. Woodhouse McLaughlin was a member of the CBA and DBA since 1948. She is survived by two nieces.

Frank E.
Durango attorney Frank E. "Sam" Maynes died July 25, 2004. He was 70. Maynes was born in Silverton, Colorado, and grew up in Durango. He attended Colorado College, graduating in 1955. Maynes attended the University of Colorado School of Law on a scholarship. He received an LL.B. degree in 1958. Maynes and his wife Jacqueline, to whom he was married for forty-five years, moved to Durango in 1957. He practiced criminal law there, before becoming attorney for the Southwestern Water Conservation District in 1965. During this time, he also served as general counsel for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. At the time of his death, Maynes was senior partner of the Durango firm of Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel LLP. Throughout his career, Maynes was a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Chairperson of the Upper Colorado River Commission and its Legal Committee. Maynes was a member of the CBA and Southwestern Colorado Bar Association for forty-five years. He also was a member of the CBA Water Law Section. Maynes is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. Maynes is the subject of a "Profile of Success" that was published in the August 2004 issue of The Colorado Lawyer at page 71.

Robert Smedley died July 25, 2004. He was 77. Smedley was born in Denver, graduating from East High School. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado–Boulder and a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He also attended the Sorbonne in Paris. Smedley was licensed to practice in the state in 1954. He served as a deputy district attorney under Bert Keating before opening a private law practice. He also served as a state senator from 1976 to 1980. He retired in 2000. Smedley was an active sportsman who played tennis, skied, sailed, and enjoyed bicycling. A recent bike trip took him through New Zealand. He also was a patron of the Central City Opera Association. Smedley was an Honor Life member of the CBA, as well as the First Judicial District and Arapahoe County Bar Associations. During his membership, he participated in the CBA Solo Small Firm Section. Smedley is survived by his wife Phoebe Ann Ellis, whom he married in 1955, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

J.C. Tim Scates died July 26, 2004. He was 60. Scates received a B.A. degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a J.D. degree. Scates was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1972, where he practiced for thirty-two years. He became a CBA and DBA member in 1973 and participated in several CBA Committees and Sections, including the Law Practice Management and Long-Range Planning Committees and the Business Law Section. Scates was a Vietnam War veteran. He is survived by his wife Lynne, two daughters, and one granddaughter. Contributions in Scates’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Colorado Division, (303) 758-2030, or Cherry Hills Community Church Chapel Project, (303) 791-4100.

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