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June 2007       Vol. 36, No. 6       Page  83
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The Colorado Bar Association remembers
the lives and contributions of Colorado attorneys.

Lee Norman Bowden

Lee Norman Bowden died on April 3, 2007. He was 40. Bowden was a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In addition to practicing law, he worked as a real estate broker and property manager. Bowden is survived by his parents, two brothers, and a sister.

James E. Bye

James E. Bye died on April 24, 2007. He was 76. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Bye went on to Harvard Law School, where he obtained his JD degree and served on the Law Review. In 1954, Bye came to Denver to work for Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, where he specialized in tax, business planning, natural resources, and international law for fifty-three years. Bye also taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Alexis de Tocqueville Award, the Volunteers of America Distinguished Service to Humanity Award, and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award for volunteerism. He served as the first chair of Denver’s "2 Percent Club," a group of approximately 200 local businesses, each of which agrees to donate at least 2 percent of profits to local charities. He was a member of the CBA and DBA for fifty years.

Bye is survived by a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Contributions in Bye’s name may be made to the Nadolski-Bye-Rowe Family Fund, which supports educational programs (

 Robert P. Davison

Robert P. Davison died on April 22, 2007. He was 86. Davison obtained his undergraduate degree from the Colorado School of Mines. He served as a second lieutenant during World War II and as a captain in the Army Reserves after the war. He earned his JD degree from the University of Colorado (CU) Law School. Davison served three terms as the Mayor of Cherry Hills Village in the 1960s. He worked at Holland & Hart LLP for twenty-six years, specializing in mineral law. After retiring from the practice of law, Davison worked in newspaper publishing, farming, and ranching. He also was a member, director, and past-president of the Colorado Mineral Law Association; a visiting lecturer at the CU Law School; and a trustee of the Denver Zoo. Davison was a member of the CBA and DBA.

He is survived by his wife Stasia, two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. Contributions in Davison’s name may be made to the Denver Zoological Foundation, 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205, Attn: Development Department (

 Joe Clarence Medina

Joe Clarence Medina died on April 13, 2007. He was 80. A U.S. veteran and former Denver Deputy District Attorney, Medina served on the Boards of the Denver Housing Authority and the Latin American Educational Fund. He also served on the Judicial Review Committee and was a recipient of the St. Thomas More Award. Medina was a CBA member for forty years. He is survived by his wife Audrey, two daughters, a son, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 Fred W. Vondy

Fred W. Vondy died on April 20, 2007. He was 80. Vondy obtained a BA and a JD from the University of Denver. He practiced law for many years with his uncle Fred J. Pferdesteller. Vondy was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He also participated in the alumni groups of North High School and the University of Denver (DU). Vondy was a CBA member since 1955, and also was a member of the DBA and the Business Law and Real Estate Sections.

Vondy is survived by his wife Geraldine, two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Contributions in Vondy’s name may be made to the DU Law Scholarship Fund or the Kappa Sigma Capital Campaign Fund, both located at 2190 S. High St., Denver, CO 80208 (

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.

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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