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March 2002       Vol. 31, No. 3       Page  84
In Memoriam

In Memoriam


Aurora Attorney Frank Conry died December 31, 2001. He was 90. Conry was born in New York in 1911. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1946 and was a member of the Family Law Section. In 1950, he married Eileen Fee. Conry was a clerk and magistrate for Denver District Court. The Colorado and Denver Bar Associations named him an Honor Life member. He was a member of the American Bar Association and Elks Lodge 17. He also volunteered his services to the Metro Volunteer Lawyers organization. Conry is survived by his wife.

Attorney Albert W. Gebauer of Louisville died February 7, 2002. He was 86. Gebauer received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Gebauer received a law degree from the University of Denver School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1957. Hew was active in several Colorado and Denver Bar Association committees and sections, including Real Estate Law, Trust and Estate, Solo/Small Firm, Taxation Law, and Agricultural and Rural Law. In addition to being a lawyer, Gebauer also was a certified public accountant. He is survived by two brothers and a sister.

Frank Halsey Houck, a retired attorney from Littleton, died January 14, 2002. He was 79. Houck was born in Independence, Kansas. He was a medical technician in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Billie Tafin in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1950. Houck worked for Amoco Oil for several years. During this employment, he attended law school at night. He retired from Amoco Oil in 1982, after which he practiced oil and gas law with the Denver law firm of Burns, Wall, Smith & Mueller, P.C. for more than ten years. He was active on the legal and legislative committees of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association and was a trustee for Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute. Houck joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1952. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two grandchildren. Contributions in Houck’s memory may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 789 Sherman St., Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203.

Alamosa attorney David A. Rooney died in an avalanche on February 6, 2002, during a ski trip in the Colorado backcountry. He was 39. Rooney and his wife Karla lived in Monte Vista for the past ten years. He served as the Alamosa County Attorney for five years and was a partner in the Alamosa law firm of Lester Sigmond Rooney & Schwiesow. Rooney grew up in Denver, Colorado, and earned his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1989. He joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1990 and was a member of the Agricultural and Rural Law Section. He worked for a time in Denver with his father, attorney Dan Rooney, before moving to the San Luis Valley. Rooney loved outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and skiing. He was an avid bicyclist and frequently pedaled from home in Monte Vista to work in Alamosa. Rooney is survived by his wife and three children.


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