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April 2007       Vol. 36, No. 4       Page  82
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

William R. Aman

William R. Aman died on September 30, 2006. He was 84. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Aman attended law school at the University of Colorado. He represented the El Paso County Public Trustee in real estate foreclosure proceedings. Aman also served as a deputy district attorney and worked in private practice, specializing in real estate law, with a focus on real estate title opinions. In 1962, Aman formed the law firm of Aman and Hanes, which eventually merged with Holland & Hart LLP. Aman practiced with Holland & Hart until his retirement. He was a member of the El Paso County Bar Association.

Aman was a longtime member of the Manitou Springs Kiwanis Club. He is survived by three children and four grandchildren.

John Pierce Donley II

John Pierce Donley II died on February 10, 2007. He was 67. Donley earned his JD degree from the University of Colorado. He started his own law firm in Greeley, where he was elected to the City Council. He served as a Colorado State Senator from 1982–87, during which time he also was general counsel for an agricultural chemical company. After his retirement, Donley worked as a real estate broker, consulted for friends and colleagues as an attorney, and taught classes at Aims Community College in Greeley. He was a member of the Weld County Bar Association and the CBA.

An avid outdoorsman, Donley enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting. He is survived by his wife Lisa Wall Donley, four children, and several grandchildren. Contributions in Donley’s name may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado, Inc. ( Contributions also are being accepted to establish the John P. Donley Memorial Scholarship Fund in governmental studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Send to: 1035 37th Avenue Ct., Greeley, CO 80634.

Kenneth C. Groves

Kenneth C. Groves died on February 18, 2007. He was 70. After earning his JD degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1960, he practiced law in Denver for more than forty years. In 1978, he was admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers. Groves was a member of the CBA and DBA for forty-five years.

Gordon H. Rowe, Jr.

Gordon H. Rowe, Jr. died on February 24, 2007. He was 87. Rowe served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and earned his undergraduate and JD degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1946, he began practicing law in Monte Vista. Rowe was a state representative in the early 1950s and was a deputy district attorney and district attorney for Rio Grande County in the late 1950s and early 1960s. From 1965–91, he served as county judge. Rowe moved to South Fork in 1999, where he had a law practice with Charles C. Powers until he retired in 2006.

Rowe was President of the San Luis Valley Bar Association and a member of the CBA for more than fifty years. He also served on the Adams State College Foundation Board, was a charter member of the Greater South Fork Community Foundation Board, and was a member of the Creede Repertory Theater. He also was President of the Ski-Hi Stampede Committee and participated in many local parades. Rowe is survived by his wife Roena, two children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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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