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August 2006       Vol. 35, No. 8       Page  124
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In Memoriam

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

William E. Anderson died on December 24, 2003. He was 95. An Honorary Life member of the CBA and Pueblo Bar Association, Anderson was a former member of the CBA Trust and Estate Section.

Nathan Lee Baum died on June 25, 2006. He was 85. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and his J.D. degree from the University of Denver. Baum served as a personnel consultant in the U.S. Army during World War II and practiced law in Colorado for more than fifty years. He was a member of the Colorado Civil Air Patrol for approximately fifty years; he held several offices within the organization, attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was instrumental in establishing the Colorado Civil Air Patrol Foundation. Baum also helped create the Synagogue Council of Greater Denver and served on the synagogue executive committee of Temple Emanuel. He was a member of the CBA and DBA since 1949, and was a member of the Real Estate Law Section. Baum is survived by his wife Erma, stepdaughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson. Donations in Baum’s memory may be made to the Colorado Civil Air Patrol Foundation (

Ralph F. Crandell died in June 2006. He was 76. Crandell was a Denver patent attorney since 1962, and was a former member of the CBA and DBA. During his memberships, he participated in the Intellectual Property Section. He is survived by his wife Peggy, four children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

T. Peter Craven died on June 20, 2006. He was 65. After graduating from Georgetown University and receiving his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan, Craven practiced as a trial attorney in Denver and Glenwood Springs. In addition to working in private practice, he served as city attorney for Glenwood Springs, town attorney for Carbondale and Basalt, and was the first public defender for the Ninth Judicial District, which includes Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties. In 1991, he was appointed to the district court Bench. In 2004, he served as water judge in Water Division 5 and was appointed Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial District. Craven created and presided over Garfield County’s Drug Court Program, eventually expanding the program to include Pitkin and Rio Blanco Counties. He studied Spanish and the Mexican legal system, which enabled him to help make the court more accessible to Spanish-speaking litigants, and developed new methods for handling mental health cases. Craven received the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Judicial Excellence Award in 2002, and was honored as "Outstanding Jurist" by the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for his commitment to family and juvenile cases. He served on the Colorado Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, Gender Justice Committee, and Probation Advisory Committee, and chaired the Garfield and Pitkin County Bench-Bar Committees. He is survived by his wife Carol, two children, and three grandchildren. Donations in Craven’s memory may be made to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 ( [See p. 171.]

Irving I. Oxman died in June 2003. He was 90. Oxman was an Honorary Life member of the CBA and DBA, and was a former member of the Real Estate and Trust and Estate Sections.

Robert ("Bob") Victor Stailey died on July 1, 2006. He was 59. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Stailey received his J.D. degree from the University of Denver. He served as General Counsel and Executive Vice-President of Bank Western before its acquisition, and then entered private practice. He was a member of the CBA and DBA since 1975, and was a member of the Business Law, Real Estate, and Trust and Estate Sections. Stailey is survived by his wife Ann and two daughters. An active volunteer, Stailey often donated time to the QuaLife Wellness Community, the Boy Scouts of America, Historic Denver, and the Denver Rotary Club. He also was a lifelong fan of the University of Colorado Buffaloes. Donations in Stailey’s memory may be made to the Boy Scouts of America (, Historic Denver (, the Denver Rotary Club (, or the University of Colorado (

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

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