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August 2008       Vol. 37, No. 8       Page  136
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In Memoriam

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

Donald D. Beckham

Donald Beckham died on June 5, 2008. He was 73.

He obtained a BA from the University of South Carolina. He attained the rank of Colonel with the U.S. Air Force, and served in Morocco, Alaska, and Washington, DC. After earning his JD degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University, Beckham served in the Judge Advocate General Corps. In 1982, while serving as Staff Judge Advocate for the Accounting and Finance Center of the Air Force in Denver, Beckham was named Federal Attorney of the Year. He received numerous awards from the Air Force, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He also practiced law with the law firm of John P. Nanney.

Beckham is survived by his wife Fran, two children, and three grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 855 Sherman St., Ste. 500, Denver, CO 80203.

Ann Caldwell

Ann Caldwell died on May 17, 2008. She was 76.

Caldwell worked as a barber, nanny, hospital attendant, and housekeeper, and obtained a paralegal certificate. When she was facing foreclosure and unable to work following back surgery, Caldwell was represented by legal aid attorneys and was able to remain in her home. Since then, she worked to help ensure the availability of legal services to individuals who could not afford an attorney. Caldwell served as a board member of Colorado Legal Services for more than thirty years. She also was an active community volunteer, often contacting state legislators and feeding feral cats in her North Park Hill neighborhood.

David William Enoch

David Enoch died on June 29, 2008. He was 83.

During World War II, Enoch served with the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wichita University and his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School. He practiced with the Colorado Springs firm of Spurgeon, Sutton, Ammon & Enoch until he was elected District Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial District. He served on the Bench for six years, including one year as Chief Judge.

After an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Congress in 1966, Enoch practiced law until being appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1969. He became Chief Judge of that court in 1979 and retired from the Bench in 1988. He worked in private practice with his son until his retirement.

Enoch founded and was the first President of the National Organization of Chief Judges of Courts of Appeals. He also was President of the El Paso County Bar Association. Enoch served on the Judiciary Board of El Paso County’s Teen Court. In addition, he served as President of the Cheyenne Mountain School Board, the Colorado Springs Symphony, and the Colorado Springs YMCA. He also was a Freemason and an active volunteer at several local churches.

He is survived by his wife Ellen McEwen Enoch, two children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Contributions in Enoch’s memory may be made to the Colorado Springs Teen Court, Municipal Court Building, P.O. Box 2169, Colorado Springs, CO 80901; or the Alzheimer’s Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2315 Bott Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Gary G. Harrop

Gary Harrop died in June 2008. He was 64.

Harrop was the Chief Operating Officer of Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C. He was an Associate member of the CBA and a former chair of the Mile High Chapter of the ALA.

Contributions in Harrop’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society (indicate that the donation is to be restricted to prostate cancer research), 2255 S. Oneida St., Denver, CO 80224.

Ira E. Tanner, Jr.

Ira Tanner died on June 9, 2008. He was 87.

After obtaining a BA from the University of Colorado, Tanner served in Africa and Italy with the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned an LLB from the University of Colorado in 1947. Tanner practiced with the Denver firm of Clanahan, Tanner, Downing and Knowlton, which was known as Hiester and Tierney before 1955.

Tanner’s volunteer efforts included work with the Santa Claus Shop and the Park People. He is survived by his wife Patsy, three daughters, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Contributions in Tanner’s memory may be made to the Park People of Denver ( or the Santa Claus Shop (


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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