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June 2006       Vol. 35, No. 6       Page  114
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Murray Blumenthal died on April 13, 2006. He was 80. After serving in the U.S. Army, Blumenthal returned to complete his study of the trombone at The Juilliard School. He played trombone with symphonies in Dallas and Denver before obtaining his Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Denver. Later, he spent twenty years working at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he became a full professor, teaching subjects including negotiation, counseling, law and society, and trial tactics. He also worked on behalf of historical preservation in Georgetown, Colorado, where he and his family lived for more than thirty years. He was married to Alicia for fifty-six years, and had two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.

James J. Delaney died on April 20, 2006. He was 97. Delaney graduated from Regis University and obtained his J.D. degree from the University of Denver. He served as a district judge in Adams County juvenile court for twenty-five years, and was well known for working with delinquent and abused children. Delaney’s interests included American history, politics, and finding homes for stray animals. He was a member of the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Also, Delaney helped American Indian reservations establish laws and court systems. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, nineteen grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren. Donations in Delaney’s name can be made to: Regis University, B-16, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221.

Winston Howard died on April 15, 2006. He was 98. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Wyoming. Howard moved to Denver in 1935 and later became a partner at Sherman & Howard LLC, where he specialized in corporate law. He was a co-founder of the Denver Tech Center and invested in land that later became part of Cherry Hills Village and Inverness Park. An avid gardener, Howard belonged to local garden clubs and raised tulips and peonies. He was actively involved in philanthropy; he worked with the Salvation Army for decades, helped establish the practice of housing emergency medical technicians at fire stations to help reduce response time in emergencies, and set up a scholarship fund for nurses and caregivers at Swedish Medical Center. Howard was a member of the CBA and DBA since 1936. He is survived by his wife Peg Slater Ratliffe, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Contributions can be made in Howard’s name to: Wednesday’s Child (The Adoption Exchange), 1432 E. Evans Ave., Aurora, CO 80014; or the Salvation Army, 1370 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO 80203.

Nicole Richardson died on April 26, 2006. She was 27. Richardson was a graduate of the University of Iowa and obtained her J.D. degree from the University of Oregon Knight School of Law in 2004. In October 2005, she started working as a deputy public defender with the Grand Junction office of the Colorado Public Defender. The week before her death, she won an acquittal in her first felony trial after being promoted to a position in district court. In addition to her dedication to helping others as a public defender, Richardson was an advocate of organ donation.

Irwin L. Sandler died on February 27, 2006. He is survived by his wife Anne and his daughter Rae. The Colorado Lawyer regrets their omission from the April 2006 "In Memoriam."

Ronald M. Wilson died on April 23, 2006, after a short illness. He was 58. Wilson practiced law in Glenwood Springs with the firm of Hartert & Wilson. He spent his early career working for General Electric in engineering and received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Santa Clara University in 1975. Wilson specialized in banking and property law and, before moving to Glenwood Springs, worked for Colorado National Bank in Denver for seven years. He was an avid golfer, a charter member of the Hot Springs Athletic Club, and a member of the American Bar Association and the CBA. He is survived by Judy Wilson, two daughters, two grandchildren, and one brother. Contributions can be sent to the Ronald M. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bank of Colorado Western Slope, 901 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

The Colorado Bar Foundation ("CBF") was established in 1953 and is one means of commemorating members of the legal profession. The CBF 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 CBF are tax-deductible. For complete information and to become a CBF supporter, contact Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318, (800) 332-6736, or

Send "In Memoriam" information to: Mail to: Tracy Rackauskas,The Colorado Lawyer, 1900 Grant St., Ste. 900, Denver, CO 80203. Call (303) 824-5326 with questions. Print or electronic photographs also may be sent. "In Memoriam" items are printed as production deadlines and space permit.


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