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November 2004       Vol. 33, No. 11       Page  64
In Memoriam

In Memoriam


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


Donald Glenn Brotzman died September 15, 2004. He was 82. Brotzman was born in Logan County. He attended the University of Colorado–Boulder ("CU"), where he received an undergraduate degree in business and a law degree. During World War II, Brotzman served as a U.S. Army officer and was stationed in the South Pacific. He established a law practice in Boulder in 1950. Brotzman was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1952. In 1959, Brotzman was appointed U.S. Attorney for Colorado by President Eisenhower. He served until 1962, when he was elected to the U.S. Congress. He served a total of five terms as a congressman. Brotzman is survived by his wife Gwendolyn Davis, two children, one step-child, and six grandchildren.

Cathlin Donnell
Denver attorney Cathlin Donnell died October 5, 2004. She was 58. Donnell was born in Waterloo, Iowa. She received an A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago. She also received a Ph.D. in Communications from CU–Boulder, and taught several communications courses there. She was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1973. Donnell’s legal career focused primarily on litigation, with emphases in employment and domestic relations law. She was the founding partner of the Denver law firm of Donnell Davis & Salomon. Donnell was a founder of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association ("CWBA") in 1978, and served on its board of directors for more than twenty years. She was a co-founder of the Alliance of Professional Women and helped establish the Legal Information Center at the YWCA. Donnell served on the Colorado Supreme Court Gender Bias Task Force and was a member of the Colorado Supreme Court’s Jury Reform Standing Committee. She has been nominated for the Distinguished Service Award by the National Center for Jury Reform. Donnell joined the CBA in 1973 and participated in several CBA Committees and Sections, including the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Professionalism and Women in the Law Committees. In 1996, Donnell received a grant from the CBA, DBA, and CWBA to study careers and compensation of male and female attorneys. Her report, "1997 CBA Report Card: Women in Leadership of CBA Committees," was printed in the May 1997 issue of The Colorado Lawyer at page 31. Donnell’s love of the outdoors led to such ventures as climbing Mt. Kenya, river-running down the Colorado River, and building her own cabin near Pike’s Peak. Donations in Donnell’s memory may be made to The Dolores Project, an emergency shelter for women: P.O. Box 1406, Denver, CO 80201.

James Kezer, of Estes Park, died April 15, 2004. He was 94. Kezer received a B.S. degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and a J.D. degree from CU School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in the state in 1973. Kezer was a member of the CBA and the Larimer County Bar Association his entire professional career.

George J. Robinson died September 19, 2004. He was 90. Robinson was born in Arvada and lived his entire life in Jefferson County. He received an undergraduate degree in journalism from CU–Boulder and attended CU School of Law and the University of Denver ("DU") College of Law. He received his J.D. degree in 1939. Robinson married Elizabeth "Betty" Park in 1941. After his return from a tour of duty in the South Pacific during World War II, Robinson served as Jefferson County Attorney from 1945 to 1949. He was the attorney for Jefferson County R-1 School District from 1950 to 1952. He became active in open space and annexation issues in Jefferson County during the 1970s. His efforts resulted in the restoration to the County of such land as the Southwest Plaza Shopping Center and Governor’s Park Subdivision. He also assisted in establishing the first public park in Jefferson County. Robinson joined the CBA in 1941. He became the first President of the First Judicial District ("1st J.D.") Bar Association and was acknowledged as "Lawyer of the Year" by the 1st J.D. in 1976. Robinson was a Vice-President of the CBA and was a member of the CBA Board of Governors, in addition to several Committees. In 1984, Robinson was presented with the CBA’s highest award, the Award of Merit. After his retirement from the practice of law in the 1980s, Robinson joined the Denver Art Students League, studying watercolor painting. He and Betty, his sole survivor, also traveled around the world on a Dutch freighter.

Peter P. Watson died on September 23, 2004. He was 81. Watson practiced law in Colorado for more than fifty years. He founded the Denver law firm that is now known as Nathan, Bremer, Dumm & Myers, P.C. Watson was instrumental in inaugurating the Inns of Court movement in Colorado. He was a Past-President of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Watson was an Honor Life member of the CBA, joining in 1947.

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