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February 2010       Vol. 39, No. 2       Page  76
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In Memoriam

Recognizing recently deceased Colorado attorneys
and members of the legal community

Recently Deceased

Albert Brenman
March 28, 1926–November 8, 2009

Albert Decredico
1913–December 28, 2009

William H. Erickson
May 11, 1924–January 13, 2010

Ted Paul Stockmar
1921–December 28, 2009


Morton L. Coggan 

Morton Coggan

Morton L. Coggan passed away on November 27, 2009, less than two months shy of his 90th birthday. He was born on January 20, 1920 in Syracuse, New York to an immigrant family from Kishinev, a town located in what is currently Moldova. His parents were Arn (Harry) and Rose Coggan. The family moved across the country in the 1930s and settled in Denver in 1932.

Mort attended Lake Junior High and graduated from North High School in Denver in 1937. When World War II broke out, Mort was among the first to be inducted into military service from Denver. He served with valor and distinction in the Pacific theater, stationed in the Fiji Islands.

At a one point during his service, Mort’s company was sent on a particularly dangerous mission. However, Mort stayed behind to intercept messages in his capacity as a radio operator in the Signal Corps, and to cut the hair of new recruits (he had been trained in his youth in his father’s profession as a barber). The entire battalion was killed on the mission, so it is altogether possible that his barbering skills had a hand in saving his life. Mort and his older brother Hyman returned safely from the war.

Mort earned his law degree in 1950 from the University of Denver College of Law. During the next sixty years, he served his community and profession as a distinguished attorney. He practiced in many areas, including criminal law, eventually specializing in personal injury law. He was extremely dedicated to his clients, spending long hours ensuring that each one received the best representation possible. He was an attorney with tremendous heart who cared deeply about his clients and was willing to go above and beyond the call of duty on their behalf, even when they couldn’t always pay.

Mort is survived by his children Roseanne and Jay Coggan; his grandchildren Brian, Aniko, and Andrea; his longtime companion Betty Stumm; his sister Sara Pomeranz and sister-in-law Bernice Coggan; nephews Hal Cogan and Ric, Ron, and Alan Pomeranz; and nieces Sharon and Randi Coggan. Brother Hyman A. Coggan, who also became an attorney, and sister Francis Strear preceded Mort in death.

—Submitted by niece Sharon L. Coggan

Orrel A. Daniel 

Orrel Daniel

Orrel A. Daniel was born on April 28, 1925 in Liberal, Kansas. He passed away on November 10, 2009 at the age of 84.

After graduating high school, Orrel was drafted into the Army/Air Corps, where he served as part of the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He earned his JD degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1952.

Orrel began the law firm in Brighton that later became known as Daniel, McCain & Brown and actively practiced law as a partner with this firm for more than fifty years. He concentrated on estate planning, probate, and municipal law, and served as City Attorney for Thornton and Derby (now Commerce City).

He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association (where he was recognized as an HonorLife Member), and the Brighton Rotary International Club. Orrel placed great importance on the concept of "service above self," as indicated by his accomplishments as the first President of the Brighton Community Hospital Association; past President of the School District 27J School Board; and leader/organizer of "Swim and Dive in ’55," a project to build the first community swimming pool in Brighton. In 1998, Platte Valley Medical Center designated the newly built medical office building as the "Orrel Daniel Health Pavilion," in honor of Orrel’s vision and leadership to construct the first hospital in Brighton.

Orrel is survived by his wife Frances, three children, and five grandchildren.

—Submitted by Tracey Hockett,
on behalf of Mehaffy, Brubaker & Ernst LLC

Dan McGrew 

Dan McGrew

Dan McGrew passed away on December 27, 2009 at the age of 76. He was a partner at the law firm of Montgomery Little & McGrew for many years, specializing in the areas of tax and estate planning. The firm is now known as Montgomery Little & Soran, P.C.

Dan was a graduate of East High School in Denver. He received his undergraduate

degree in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) in 1955. He was a Certified Public Accountant and worked as an accountant for twelve years before attending law school. In 1970, he earned his law degree from the University of Denver.

Dan was an avid Denver Broncos and CU Buffs fan. His other passion was golf. Members of the firm and his colleagues in the legal profession will greatly miss his companionship, advice, and wit.

—Submitted by Rod Germeroth 

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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