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December 2006       Vol. 35, No. 12       Page  109
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In Memoriam

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


Ronald A. Lebsack

Ronald A. Lebsack died on October 1, 2006. He was 58. Lebsack received his B.S. from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota. Lebsack was a partner in the firm Haffke, Haffke, and Lebsack in Fort Morgan. He also served as municipal court judge in the Fort Morgan area. He was a member of the CBA since 1976. Lebsack is survived by his wife Donna, three children, seven grandchildren, and his parents. Contributions in Lebsack’s name may be made to the Ronald Lebsack Memorial, c/o Marks Funeral and Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Dr., Windsor, CO 80550.


Marshall Quiat

Marshall Quiat died on October 15, 2006. He was 84. Quiat served in the U.S. Army during the early 1940s and was awarded the Purple Heart. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in 1947 and his J.D. degree in 1948. Quiat worked in private practice from 1949 until 2005, and also served as a judge in Gilpin and Jefferson Counties. Quiat was actively involved in the American Radio Relay League, and worked on several cases involving the ability of amateur radio operators to build antenna towers on their property. He was a member of the CBA since 1965. Quiat is survived by his son, three stepchildren, a brother, and a sister. Contributions in Quiat’s name may be made to Colorado Public Radio (


Karen Sweeney Rapson

Karen Sweeney Rapson died on October 19, 2006. She was 58. Rapson earned a J.D. degree from the University of Denver law school. She was one of the first female partners at Holland & Hart, where she practiced estate planning. An avid golfer, Rapson also enjoyed skiing, dinner parties, and playing bridge. She was a member of the Denver Country Club and the CBA. Rapson is survived by her husband Bill, who also is an attorney; a son; a daughter; her father; and two brothers.


Barbara Lee Simmons

Barbara Lee Simmons died on September 16, 2006. She was 51. She was a member of the CBA and the Larimer County Bar Association. Simmons is survived by her parents, five sisters, and two brothers. Contributions may be made to the Barbara Simmons Memorial Scholarship, 10085 Maplewood Dr., Ellicott City, MD 21042. The scholarship benefits students in the Occupational Therapy Department at Colorado State University.


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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