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January 2008       Vol. 37, No. 1       Page  82
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Donald W. Sears

Donald W. Sears died on November 21, 2007. He was 86. Sears earned a BS in business and a JD from the Ohio State University. During World War II, he served in the 8th Armored Division. He was awarded two Purple Hearts.

Sears began teaching at the University of Colorado Law School in 1950, and served as Dean from 1968 to 1973. He was dedicated to recruiting minority students and faculty.

He also served as a member of the National Academy of Labor Arbitrators. In that capacity, Sears mediated disputes between Major League Baseball players and owners.

He was a member of the CBA since 1958 and helped establish the CBA Ethics Committee. The Don Sears Ethics Award is presented by the Ethics Committee to recognize a CBA member "who has given tirelessly to the ethical enhancement of the legal profession in Colorado."

Sears is survived by his sons Lance and Don C.; daughters Stephanie Volkman, Shannon Chinatti, and Kathleen; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Anthony (Andy) W. Williams

Anthony (Andy) W. Williams died on November 29, 2007. He was 81. A graduate of Mesa College, Williams obtained his JD degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

In 1952, Williams began his legal career with the law firm of Smith and Holmes, which later became Williams, Turner & Holmes. He retired from the firm in 2005. He was a CBA member since 1952 and was CBA President in 1973–74. He also served as President of the Mesa County Bar Association.

Williams was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, and served as President of both organizations. He also was a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado River Water Conservation District, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, and the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank’s Denver branch.

Williams enjoyed traveling and golfing. He is survived by his wife Treva; sons Miland, Matthew, and Jeffrey; daughter Janet Cott; several grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Contributions in Williams’s name may be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church ( or Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado (


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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