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TCL > June 2010 Issue > In Memoriam

June 2010       Vol. 39, No. 6       Page  91
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In Memoriam

Recognizing recently deceased Colorado attorneys
and members of the legal community



Recently Deceased


Hamlet (Chips) Barry
April 19, 1944–May 2, 2010


John (Jay) Albert Bauer
1945–March 2, 2010


Joseph Colin James, Jr.
1917–April 15, 2010


Matt J. Kikel
d. November 2009, age 88


Charles W. Kreager
December 1, 1913–May 2, 2010


Scott Whitsett
d. April 21, 2010, age 49



Tributes


Jane Marie Harm

Jane Harm died on April 6, 2010. She was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin on December 13, 1957. She earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin in 1980, where she played varsity basketball until her knee went south while she was attempting to go north. Jane taught at John Edwards High School in Port Edwards, Wisconsin until she moved to Colorado in 1982. She met and married a Denver attorney, Jim Harm, in 1984, and they had two children, Danielle and Andrew.

Jane worked as a legal assistant with the Denver firm of Bourke Jacobs Luber PC while attending law school at the University of Colorado. She impressed everyone with her careful work and professional demeanor, and the firm hired her as an associate when she earned her JD in 1992. The firm later merged into the Denver firm of Lohf Shaiman Jacobs Hyman & Feiger PC, where Jane became and remained a shareholder until her death. Jane practiced corporate law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions.

Jane struggled with health issues for several years prior to her death, but always with courage and good humor. We will miss her as an attorney, colleague, and friend.

—Submitted by Anita Culligan

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Sue Parenteau

A picture is worth . . . This is truer in Sue’s case than any other I can think of. Her genuine smile alone probably resulted in more attorneys agreeing to take one of her pro bono cases than all the arm twisting by bar association folks. She had a gift of connecting so completely with people—both with clients and lawyers. Everyone trusted her.

I first got to know Sue when she took the job at Northwest Legal Services in 1988. I probably saw her only once or twice a year, but each time I came away with a feeling of admiration for what she did and the manner in which she did it. If there ever were a person who exemplified a “gentle soul,” it was Sue. Her all-too-brief time here was a profound gift to us all.

—Submitted by Chuck Turner

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In 1988, Sue was hired to run the Northwest Legal Services office in Steamboat Springs. She took on a job at which others had failed. To say that she was successful is an understatement. Sue had a portable office in the trunk of her car and drove miles and miles through all kinds of weather to serve clients.

In 1997, when the pro bono coordinator position at Boulder County Legal Services became available, I strongly urged her to apply. After working with only a handful of attorneys, she took the reins of this program with more than 300 attorneys, a large number of volunteers, and many more clients. She did this with grace and determination. She trained volunteers, scheduled intake sessions, planned the pro bono luncheon, supported the managing attorney, made presentations to donors, and kept records of everything. At the same time, she went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree. In her spare time, she earned a certificate in volunteer management. She also dedicated countless hours to the CBA. When Sue moved to Colorado Springs and became the director of the Alzheimer’s Association there, she accepted yet another challenge, learning a new field and a new job.

The courage and calmness with which she faced cancer is an inspiration. She accepted her diagnosis and fought hard to stay alive; however, in the end, she was not able to stop the progression of the disease. I will miss a very dear friend, as I know we all will. I think she would have told us today to follow our dreams and realize that time is short. Make the most of it.


—Submitted by Jane Kellenberger


The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth, and date of death of recently deceased attorneys and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed above, are welcomed. Tributes should be no longer than 250 words and should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Tributes will be published as space is available and the publication schedule allows. Photographs are welcomed. Tributes may be edited. Send information to Tracy Rackauskas at tracyr@cobar.org.

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