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TCL > July 2007 Issue > In Memoriam

The Colorado Lawyer
July 2007
Vol. 36, No. 7 [Page  120]

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In Memoriam

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

Silvana Del Piccolo

Silvana Del Piccolo died on March 27, 2007. She was 67. Del Piccolo earned a law degree at the University of Milan. She worked at a Milan law firm before moving to the United States, where she served as Italian legal counsel for a New York law firm. After relocating to Colorado, she earned a law degree from the University of Colorado. During her legal career, Del Piccolo served as an assistant district attorney in Denver, International Counsel for the Gates Rubber Company, and International Counsel for U S West. She was a CBA member since 1971.

After retiring from the practice of law, Del Piccolo relocated to Summit County, where she served on the Lower Blue Planning Commission. She also served on the board of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, which she helped establish. In her spare time, Del Piccolo enjoyed playing the piano, skiing, gardening, hiking, and swimming. She is survived by her husband, former Silverthorne Mayor Luciano Del Piccolo; a sister; and a brother.

Thomas M. McCaffrey

Thomas M. McCaffrey died on May 8, 2007. He was 73. McCaffrey earned a degree in English literature from the University of Colorado. During the Korean War, he served as a Morse code radioman in the Coast Guard. After earning his law degree at the University of Denver, McCaffrey worked for Continental Casualty Company as a claims adjuster and served as general counsel for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. McCaffrey helped establish Father Woody’s Haven of Hope by providing free legal assistance and planning to the organization. Father Woody’s Haven of Hope is sponsored by the Franciscan Friends of the Poor and provides lunch, showers, employment assistance, and counseling for homeless people in Denver. McCaffrey is survived by his wife Dorothy, two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

Martin P. Miller

Martin P. Miller died on May 18, 2007. He was 84. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a law degree from the University of Denver. He served as a district judge in Arapahoe County and as District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District. He also worked in private practice. Miller was a member of the CBA since 1958.

Miller is survived by his wife Edie, two daughters, and two sons. Contributions in Miller’s name may be made to the Arapahoe County Bar Foundation, Hospice Denver, or the Anti-Defamation League.

R. Kenneth Sparks, Jr.

R. Kenneth Sparks, Jr. died on May 13, 2007. He was 71. Sparks graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After obtaining his JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School, Sparks clerked for Federal District Judge Ross Rizley in Oklahoma City. He later relocated to Colorado Springs, where in 1976 he started his own law firm, now known as Sparks Willson Borges Brandt & Johnson, P.C. A civic leader, Sparks was active in Republican politics, including the campaigns of Senator William Armstrong and Senator Hank Brown. He served as President of the Colorado Springs Symphony and President of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. He was a founder of the El Paso Club Civic and Arts Foundation and the El Paso County Bar Foundation, and was a CBA member for forty-five years.

Sparks is survived by his wife Barbara Beamer Sparks, three sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Contributions in Sparks’s name may be made to the El Paso Club Civic and Arts Foundation, 30 East Platte Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

George Woodard

George Woodard died on May 22, 2007. He was 79. A graduate of Colorado State University and Louisiana State University, Woodard served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1969–71. He also worked as a deputy district attorney, as a water referee, and in private practice. A civic leader in the San Luis Valley, Woodard was President of the Alamosa School Board in the 1960s. A longtime supporter of Adams State College (ASC), he served for many years as a trustee, an instructor, and an ASC Foundation board member. He also established the John Woodard Memorial Scholarship in honor of his brother, and donated his legal books to ASC’s library when he retired. Woodard was a member of the CBA since 1959. He is survived by his wife Ketha and two children.


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 dcolliersmith@cobar.org.

Send In Memoriam information to: tracyr@cobar.org. 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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