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September 2009       Vol. 38, No. 9       Page  120
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In Memoriam

Recognizing recently deceased Colorado attorneys
and members of the legal community

Recently Deceased Attorneys

Stewart L. Colling
December 30, 1959–April 28, 2009

Richard J. Crawford
January 20, 1935–July 23, 2009

Patricia Robb
d. July 23, 2009, age 77


Ann C. Kirwin
Submitted by Rick Kirwin, Russell W. Kemp, and Kristi Stephan

Ann C. Kirwin died on July 23, 2009 at the age of 56. Ann was a partner and practiced law at Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe, P.C. She became in-house counsel at Furniture Row Companies in 2003. She was a real estate lawyer and thrived on closing real estate deals.

Ann was born in Lakewood. She attended Alameda High School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Denver. She received her law degree from the University of Denver in 1987. Ann served on the Real Estate Section Council of the Colorado Bar Association. She was affiliated with CREW (Colorado Real Estate Women) and the Alliance of Professional Women.

Ann had a lifelong connection to Geneva Glen Camp, where as a girl she was a camper and as an adult she served on the board and as a volunteer. Ann served for years on the Jefferson County Public Schools District Accountability Committee and was co-chair of the successful bond and mill levy campaigns for Jefferson County Public Schools in 1999, an accomplishment of which she was particularly proud (but about which she was typically understated).

Ann is survived by Rick, her husband of 36 years, and their son Robin. Ann lived every day as though it would be her last. Her smile and her love of life brightened many a person’s day. She will be dearly missed.

Gary A. Woods
Submitted by Bill Silberstein

Gary A. Woods passed away on July 16, 2009, after a courageous and inspiring battle against cancer. Gary was born on October 22, 1945 to William and Frances Woods of Loveland. He graduated from Loveland High School in 1963, the University of Colorado (CU) in 1967, and the CU Law School in 1970. Gary was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and remained an avid Buffs fan throughout his life.

Gary practiced law at Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C. for more than thirty-five years. As a contract attorney, he represented prominent developers and contractors for many of the largest office buildings in downtown Denver, Aspen’s Little Nell Hotel, and Pebble Beach’s Spanish Bay Hotel and Golf Course. His colleagues recall counting the construction cranes looming over downtown Denver in the building boom of the early 1980s, and that Gary was involved in representing either the developers or the general contractors in the substantial majority of the projects. Gary served in many leadership positions at the firm, including serving for many years on the firm’s executive committee.

Over the last decade, Gary partnered with the Bradbury family in developing real estate, including the Lincoln Station transit village, which was recognized as the 2009 office project of the year by NAIOP. Gary also served as General Counsel to Castle Pines Golf Club and contributed countless pro bono hours to the Colorado Golf Association in their acquisition and development of Common Ground golf course.

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth, and date of death of recently deceased attorneys and legal professionals, as that information is available. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed above, are welcomed. If multiple tributes about an individual are received, they may be consolidated. Tributes must be no longer than 250 words and should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are welcomed and should accompany the submission. Tributes and photographs will be published as space is available and the publication schedule allows. Tributes may be edited by staff of The Colorado Lawyer. Send information and photograph to Tracy Rackauskas at

The Colorado Bar Foundation (CBF) was established in 1953 and is one way to commemorate 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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