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October 2004       Vol. 33, No. 10       Page  94
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Edward B. Almon died August 7, 2004. He was 80. Almon was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and raised in Denver. He attended Brown University and graduated from the University of Denver ("DU"). He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. Almon received his law degree from DU College of Law and was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1950. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in 1952. Almon was a member of the Colorado Bar Association ("CBA") and Denver Bar Association ("DBA") during his forty-nine years of practicing law. For several years, Almon was a trustee of the William F. Marlar Foundation, an educational foundation created to assist scholars involved in the space sciences. He was known to love "homegrown tomatoes, fishing trips, and an occasional poker game with his buddies." With Betty Lou, his wife of fifty-five years, Almon enjoyed entertaining a very large circle of friends. Almon is survived by Betty Lou, seven children, and five grandchildren.

Denver native Robert "Bob" Guyer Bonham died August 5, 2004. He was 85. Bonham graduated from Denver’s East High School in 1936. He received a B.S. degree in Business from the University of Colorado–Boulder ("CU"). He attended CU School of Law, but in 1942, just two weeks before graduating, he volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy. He married Beatrice "Bea" Hickey one day before he shipped off to serve as a diesel engineer on the Navy’s South Pacific fleet. They were married for sixty-four years. When he returned to Denver in 1945, Bonham enrolled at DU College of Law and completed his law degree. Bonham was hired by Gates Rubber Company, where he developed the company’s legal department. He ultimately retired as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Bonham joined the CBA and DBA in 1948. He was awarded CU’s Distinguished Business Alumni Award in 1973 and DU’s Distinguished Professional Achievement Award in 1975. He served as president of the board of directors of the Denver Zoo. Bonham is survived by his wife Beatrice, two children, and four grandchildren. Contributions in Bonham’s memory may be made to the Denver Zoological Foundation, Development Dept., 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205; (303) 376-4860.

Gerald L. "Jerry" Stapp died September 6, 2004. He was 78. Stapp graduated from Arvada High School in 1944. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during World War II. Stapp attended DU, where he earned undergraduate, master’s, and law degrees. He helped found DU’s student union and was president of the Western Conference of Independent Organizations of Colleges and Universities. Stapp, who had a solo law practice, served on the Denver City Council from 1959 to 1963. He was appointed to the Denver Board of Water Commissioners in 1963 by Mayor Tom Currigan, and served for seven years. Stapp was an Honor Life member of the CBA and DBA, holding memberships in the Real Estate Law and Trust & Estate Sections. Stapp is survived by his wife Betty, three sons, and two granddaughters. Contributions in Stapp’s memory may be made to: DU College of Law (; All Saints Lutheran Church (http://www.allsaint; or the American Heart Association (http://www.amer"

Attorney Mark Welch died September 1, 2004. He was 59. Welch received an A.B. degree from the University of Rochester and a J.D. degree from Cornell University. He was admitted to practice law in 1970. A solo practitioner, Welch was a member of the CBA Solo/Small Firm Practice and Real Estate Law Sections. He was a long-time chair of the CBA Title Standards Committee. Welch enjoyed playing rugby as a youth and golf as an adult. In addition to his passion for the legal profession, Welch loved traveling and enjoyed debating political issues. He is survived by his wife Tracey. Contributions in Welch’s memory may be made to: University of Rochester, The Rochester Fund, RC Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627.

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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