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March 2008       Vol. 37, No. 3       Page  89
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Doyle Hass Baird

Doyle Hass Baird died on October 25, 2007. He was 89.

Baird attended Boise State University (formerly Boise Junior College) on a football scholarship. During World War II, he was a Captain with the U.S. Army. After earning his JD degree from the University of Denver, Baird served as president of National Western Life Insurance Company and later served as president of LGL Oil Company.

In his spare time, Baird enjoyed golfing. He was a longtime member of Cherry Hills Country Club.

Baird is survived by his son Glenn, daughter Linda, and granddaughter Lisa Neepur.

Richard P. Cullen

Richard P. Cullen died on April 26, 2007. He was 81.

Cullen had been a CBA member since 1958. He is survived by his children Douglas Cullen and Elizabeth Wohlauer, and a grandson.

Roberta Jean Earley Emrick

Roberta Jean Earley Emrick died on January 11, 2008. She was 59.

Earley Emrick graduated from Fowler High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She obtained her law degree at the University of Denver. She started her legal career in South Dakota, and later practiced law throughout southern Colorado. Earley Emrick worked in legal services, helping the disadvantaged in La Junta and Colorado Springs, and eventually opened her own private practice in Colorado Springs. She continued to practice even when diagnosed with breast cancer.

In her practice, Earley Emrick focused on helping those who otherwise would be without legal representation. She took cases that many other attorneys would not take, and always fought passionately for her clients. Early Emrick was a member of the CBA and the El Paso County Bar Association.

Earley Emrick enjoyed planting flowers, spending time with her dog Rowdy, and working with her husband Gary to remodel houses. She and her husband had many adventures together and traveled to Hawaii, Florida, Michigan, and South Dakota.

She is survived by her husband Gary; her four children: Daphne Earley, Annelise Parker, Amy Earley, and Aaron Earley; and her three grandchildren: Irelynn Parker, Jenya Podolyanskiy, and Nikoly Podolyanskiy.

Contributions in honor of Roberta Earley Emrick may be made to the University of Colorado Foundation for Breast Cancer at

Harry A. King, Jr.

Harry A. King, Jr. died on January 16, 2008. He was 59.

A graduate of Denver’s East High School, King briefly attended Colorado State University before serving in the U.S. Army. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado and a JD degree from the University of Denver. King practiced workers’ compensation and family law.

After a successful legal career of almost thirty years, King began taking math and teaching courses at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He obtained his teaching certificate and in May 2007 closed his law practice. In August 2007, he started teaching algebra and pre-calculus at Denver’s North High School. King had always dreamed of being a teacher, and his desire to give back to the community and work with inner-city teenagers motivated the career change.

King is survived by his wife Mary and four sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to the college scholarship fund created in his name—The Harry King Educational Scholarship Fund at North High School, 2960 N. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80211.

William Myrick

William Myrick died in December 2007. He was 81.

Myrick was an Honorary Life member of the CBA and DBA, and a former member of the Interprofessional and Transitions Committees and the Litigation Section. He was a founding member and Past President of the Arapahoe County Bar Association.

Jennifer Kim Walen

Jennifer Kim Walen died on November 10, 2007. She was 33.

Walen graduated from Billings West High School in Montana in 1994. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana School of Business and her JD degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She also earned an LLM in taxation from the University of Denver. She was admitted to the Colorado Bar and joined the CBA in 2007.

Walen was an active volunteer for several organizations, a member of Delta Gamma sorority, and the recipient of many academic awards and honors. She is survived by her parents Jim and Linda Walen of Scottsdale, Arizona; her sister and brother-in-law Sandy and John Irvine of Boise, Idaho; her brother and sister-in-law Michael and Elaine Wilson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; her brother Chuck Walen of Redding, California; her sister Lynn Walen of Santa Cruz, California; her grandparents Jack and Naomi Ballard of Gilbert, Arizona; and her great-grandmother Doris Ballard of Twin Bridges, Montana. Contributions in Walen’s name may be made to the Denver Children’s Hospital, 13123 E. 16th Ave., Box 045, Aurora, CO 80045.


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

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