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December 2009       Vol. 38, No. 12       Page  98
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In Memoriam

Recognizing recently deceased Colorado attorneys
and members of the legal community

Recently Deceased

Charles J. Campbell

Dianne Carabello

Yale Huffman

Robert (Bob) Ring
March 27, 1928—October 18, 2009


Samuel R. Freeman

Sam Freeman passed away on August 28, 2009, in Denver. He was born on September 2, 1929, in New York City. He attended Syracuse University, City College of New York, and Brooklyn Law School. He moved to Denver in 1953.

Sam began his legal career as an attorney in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and later became managing partner for the law firm of Van Cise, Freeman. He was vice president and general counsel of the Denver Rio Grande Railroad. After taking early retirement, he became vice chair of Concord, an international conglomerate. When he retired from Concord, he chaired the Denver Research Institute at the University of Denver.

Among Sam’s government activities and titles were membership on the Regional Transportation District Board; chair of the Colorado Oil & Gas Commission; membership on the Board of Community Colleges of Colorado; vice chair of the Interstate Oil Commission; chair of the Industry Sector on Energy of the U.S. Department of Transportation; Mayor pro tem of Dillon, Colorado; and membership on Denver’s Citizens Oversight Board.

Sam served on approximately twelve boards of regional companies. His nonprofit board service included Volunteers of America, Goodwill Industries, the Center for Bioethics and Humanities Advisory Board, and the ethics committee of National Jewish Health.

He is survived by his wife Joyce Freeman; daughters Laura Michaels, Rabbi Susan Freeman, and Carol Freeman; grandchildren Anna, Grace, and Henry Michaels, Ben and Ilan Graubart, and Harrison Smith; and sister Miriam Blickman of North Carolina.

—Submitted by Joyce Freeman

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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