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June 2005       Vol. 34, No. 6       Page  116
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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


Spencer I. Browne died April 21, 2005. He was 55. Browne was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and a J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1974. Browne was a partner at the Denver law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber before joining M.D.C. Holdings, Inc., a large homebuilder and residential mortgage loan company. He served as President of the company for six years. Browne also was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Asset Investors Corporation, a real estate investment trust he co-founded in 1986. Browne joined the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1985. He was a member of the CBA Business Law Section and a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. Browne is survived by Carmen, his wife of twenty-seven years, his father, and a sister. Memorial contributions in Browne’s name may be made to the Spencer I. Browne Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Pennsylvania, 632 Franklin Bldg., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Native Coloradan Robert F. Carr died in April 2005. He was 82. Carr was born in Antonito, Colorado. He was the son of Ralph Carr, who served as Colorado Governor from 1938 to 1943. He graduated from East High School and attended the University of Colorado–Boulder ("CU"), where he earned an undergraduate degree. Carr earned a J.D. degree from CU School of Law and in 1950 became licensed to practice law in Colorado. His practice specialty was bankruptcy law. Carr was an Honor Life member of the CBA and DBA. He was a supporter of the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization and took on cases for the American Civil Liberties Union. A connoisseur of jazz music, Carr owned two jazz clubs in downtown Denver, which attracted such nationally known artists as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Billie Holiday. Carr is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

James E. Heiser died February 23, 2005. He was 57. Heiser was a member of the CBA and Arapahoe County Bar Association since 1982. He participated in the CBA Professionalism Committee, as well as the CBA Judiciary, Litigation, and Real Estate Law Sections. Heiser is survived by his fiancé Karen Hartman and three children. Contributions in Heiser’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.

Stephen A. Hellerstein died May 8, 2005. He was 71. Hellerstein was a Denver native and matriculated in the Denver Public School system. He earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, after which he spent two years in the U.S. Army, stationed in France. Hellerstein granduated from the University of Denver College of Law. In 1959, he joined the Denver law firm of Hellerstein, Hellerstein, and Shore. He worked at this law firm, which was founded by his grandfather, until his semi-retirement in 1997. Hellerstein joined the CBA and DBA in 1960. He served on the CBA Board of Trustees and was a member of the CBA Business Law Section. Hellerstein participated in drafting the Model Industrial Bank and Model Statute Guaranty Acts. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Financial Services Association. Hellerstein also was a member of the consumer Bankers Association–Lawyers Forum; the General Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law; and the American Bar Association. He is survived by his wife Nancy, two children, and one grandchild.

John R. ("Jack") Kennedy
died April 6, 2005. He was 75. Kennedy was born in New Jersey. He attended St. Peter’s College in Jersey City and earned his law degree from Fordham University Law School in New York. He was admitted to practice law in 1955. Kennedy served as general counsel for the Regional Transportation District ("RTD") from 1985 to 2005. He retired just a few days before he died. During his tenure, Kennedy spearheaded the legal efforts behind RTD’s construction of light-rail lines. He also collaborated with the Colorado Department of Transportation, business owners, and citizens on successful passage of the FasTracks ballot initiative, which is slated to add 119 miles of light and commuter rail lines and eighteen miles of rapid bus transit throughout the metropolitan region by 2025. Before his lengthy affiliation with RTD, Kennedy was an attorney for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps and the Army Corps of Engineers. When he was general counsel with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Kennedy was instrumental in developing the Washington, D.C. subway system. Kennedy is survived by Janet Dillon, his wife of forty-nine years, four children and three grandchildren, as well as his mother. Contributions in Kennedy’s memory may be made to: Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation, 7951 E. Maplewood Ave., Ste. 300, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Correction: Graham Susman [In Memoriam (May 2005 at page 107)] died in 1991, not March 2005. The Colorado Lawyer apologizes for its error.

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