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February 2009       Vol. 38, No. 2       Page  85
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In Memoriam

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

Mark F. Kennedy

Mark Kennedy died on January 11, 2009. He was 56.

Kennedy obtained a BA from Case Western Reserve University and a JD from Syracuse University College of Law. He was a founding partner of the Denver firm of Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP, where he represented franchisors in litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Kennedy was an avid skier who also enjoyed spending time with his two dogs Brenna and Maddie. He was a member of the CBA since 1995.

He is survived by his wife Suzy and his brother. Contributions in Kennedy’s memory may be made to the Wheeler Trigg Kennedy Foundation, c/o Connie Proulx, Executive Director, 1801 California St., Ste. 3600, Denver, CO 80202 (contributions will go toward projects Kennedy supported, which focus on animal welfare and snow sports programs for at-risk youths); the Denver Dumb Friends League, 2082 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231 (; or the Kennedy Scholarship Fund, Hawken School, 12465 County Line Rd., Chester Township, OH 44040.

Thomas J. Kerwin

Tom Kerwin died on November 14, 2008. He was 78.

Kerwin attended Santa Clara University in California and obtained his JD from Loyola University Chicago. He started his law practice in 1960.

Throughout his life, Kerwin was active in the Catholic church and advocated for choice on abortion, birth control, and allowing female and married priests.

In his spare time, Kerwin enjoyed reading, camping, visiting national parks, and planting trees. He was an amateur actor and performed with the Law Club and in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann, eight children, and nineteen grandchildren.

James V. Phelps

James Phelps died on June 14, 2008. He was 80.

Phelps obtained a BA and a JD from the University of Oklahoma. He practiced law in Pueblo. He is survived by his wife Anne, five children, and four grandchildren.

William F. Reynard

Bill Reynard died in 2008.

Early in his legal career, Reynard worked with Carle Whitehead, a civil rights pioneer in Denver. Among his clients were conscientious objectors to serving in Vietnam and Korea, a mother who was denied visitation with her children because of her sexual orientation, and a man sentenced to death.

He was an HonorLife member of the CBA. He joined the organization in 1949.

Reynard was involved in establishing a local affiliate of the ACLU and worked with the organization for more than forty years. He enjoyed music and playing the piano. He also helped raise his nieces.

John D. Ward

John Ward died on December 24, 2008. He was 80.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Ward obtained a degree in mining engineering from Penn State University. He worked for Bethlehem Steel, where he selected engineers working in coal mining operations to serve in management positions. Ward attended the University of Denver College of Law. He was a defense attorney in Denver for ten years. He later worked for Redwing Coal Co., where he focused on permitting and government relations for the mining company. He also was involved in the development of Redwing’s nature conservancy.

Ward previously served as director of the Colorado Division of Mines and as director of the U.S. Office of Surface Mining. After his retirement in 1995, he continued to handle eminent domain and land use cases.

Ward is survived by two children and two grandchildren. Contributions in Ward’s honor may be made to the Nature Conservancy ( or Hospice of the Big Horns, 1401 W. 5th St., Sheridan, WY 82801.


Send In Memoriam information and photos 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.

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 at (303) 824-5318, (800) 332-6736, or

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