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June 2001       Vol. 30, No. 6       Page  100
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The Colorado Bar Association Remembers
The Lives and Contributions of Colorado Attorneys

Raymond K. Gates, a Denver attorney, passed away on April 3, 2001. He was 79. Gates was born in Greensburg, Kansas. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. In 1946, he married Jane Sturgeon. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in 1945, and a law degree from Washburn University in 1949. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1946. Gates was a member of the CBA for thirty-three years. He is survived by his wife, son, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


Colorado native and long-time Denver attorney David R. Gorsuch passed away on April 17, 2001. He was 65. Gorsuch was born in Denver. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, graduating from the School of Law in 1964. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar that same year and became a member of the CBA in 1965. He practiced law at the Denver firm of Gorsuch Kirgis LLC, retiring as senior and managing partner in 1995. Gorsuch was president of Denver Kiwanis Club. He served on the board of directors at St. Joseph Hospital, Emily Griffith School for Boys, and Emily Griffith Foundation. Survivors include his wife, Peggy, several children and stepchildren, and one grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emily Griffith Center Foundation, 8745 W. 14th Ave., Suite 230, Lakewood, CO 80215.


Attorney David C. Johnston, a twenty-five-year resident of Paonia, Colorado, passed away on April 11, 2001. He would have celebrated his 54th birthday thirteen days later. Johnston was born in Sebastopol, California. He attended Stanford University as an undergraduate and earned a law degree from Harvard University. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1968 to 1970. Johnston was admitted to practice law in Colorado and became a CBA member in 1976. His legal career included serving as a Delta County Judge for twelve years. He was a member of the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Tri-County Babe Ruth League, and enjoyed family games and activities, including hiking, camping, and tennis. In addition to his parents, Johnston is survived by three sons and a daughter. Memorial contributions may be made to: Delta County Hospice Project, In Memory of David C. Johns-ton, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416; or KVNF Radio, In Memory of David C. Johnston, P.O. Box 1350, Delta, CO 81428.


Barbara Joyce Jones, a former Denver resident and attorney, passed away on March 23, 2001. She was 57. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Jones moved to San Francisco, California, in 1964. She began her undergraduate work at the University of Washington and completed it at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her law degree in 1978 from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. She relocated to Colorado and was admitted to practice law in the state in 1978. From 1978 to 1991, Jones practiced with the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard LLC and earned partnership status there. She was a member of the CBA and was a past-president of the Sam Cary Bar Association ("SCBA"). As past-president, she remained active in SCBA’s annual scholarship award event. In 1993, Jones returned to San Francisco. She became licensed to practice law in California in 1994. After retiring from the practice of law, she devoted her attention and time to civic and community interests. Jones was a role model for many people, and family, friends, and cohorts remember her kindness, loyalty, and devotion to the spirit of the law and community. Memorial donations can be made to: Creativity Explored of San Francisco, 3245 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103-3323.


The Colorado Bar Foundation ("Foundation") is one means of commemorating members of the profession. The Foundation was established in 1953 and functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation promotes the advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants to help educate the general public and provide assistance to the state’s legal institutions. All gifts to the Foundation are deductible contributions for federal income tax purposes. For additional details about becoming a Foundation supporter, call Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318 or (800) 332-6736.

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