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February 2001       Vol. 30, No. 2       Page  84
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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

Former Jefferson County Judge Leonard L. Beal passed away on November 24, 2000. He was 79. Beal was born in 1921 in Oquawka, Illinois. After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, Beal earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Oberlin College in 1947. He graduated from the University of Denver Law School and was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1950. He was a deputy district attorney in the First Judicial District and a Jefferson County judge for three years, after which he was a private practitioner until retirment in 1990. Beal was past president of the Wheat Ridge Lions Club, past High Priest of Denver Chapter No. 2, Royal Arch Masons, and was a member of the Colorado Bar Association. He is survived by his wife, three children, and six grandchildren.

Judge William E. Buck , 92, passed away on December 8, 2000. Buck was born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1908. He married Dorothy Tennant Pifer in Boulder, Colorado, in 1931. Buck graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Colorado School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1936, and began his private practice in Longmont. In 1940, Buck was elected as a Boulder County judge, and in 1951 he was elected District Court Judge of the Eighth Judicial District. He retired from this office in October 1969, and served as Senior Judge in the district courts of the Western Slope of Colorado for another ten years. Judge Buck was past president of the Boulder County Bar Association, the Colorado County Judges Association, and Colorado District Judges Association. He also served on committees for the Red Cross, PTA, and Boy Scouts. Friends and family remember Buck as a man of intelligence, integrity, and commitment to the highest standards of legal ethics. He is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Former chairman of the Denver Democrats Charles "Chuck" M. Dosh, Jr. passed away in Denver on November 20, 2000. He was 81.Dosh was born in 1918 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He married Gladys Dee Weir in St. Paul in 1941. He was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. Dosh earned a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1946. A former CBA member, Dosh was active in party politics throughout his life. He was a twenty-year member of the Denver District Attorney Crime Adchairman of the Denver Mayor’s Citizen Complaint Committee and the Denver Democratic Central Committee. He was director and Chairman of the Denver Sewage District Board, and served on the Colorado Banking Board, Colorado Insurance Board, and Denver Victims Compensation Board. Dosh is survived by his wife and three children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Dale Tooley Cancer Research Laboratory Fund, 1899 Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80206; or Unity Pathways Church, P.O. Box 440596, Aurora, CO 80044.

Denver native John J. Vandemoer, Jr. , 90, passed away on December 10, 2000. Vandemoer married Elizabeth Pagett in 1938, and they were married for fifty-seven years. Vandemoer was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1942, and had been a member of the Colorado Bar Association since 1943. He volunteered for several charities, including the March of Dimes and the Arthritis Foundation. He is survived by two children, four grandsons, and three great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 1325 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222.

James W. Wilson , a Denver lawyer for thirty-five years, passed away on December 30, 2000. He was 75. Wilson grew up in south Georgia and north Florida. In October 1944, when he was 19 years old, Wilson was aboard an Army B-24 Liberator bomber that crashed on Camel’s Hump mountain in northern Vermont. The entire crew, except Wilson, was killed. Wilson suffered severe frostbite on his hands and feet while he waited forty-one hours to be rescued. As a result of the frostbite, both hands and both feet were amputated. He was ultimately fitted with hooks and artificial legs. Wilson enrolled at the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelors degree. He later graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. Wilson practiced law in Denver from 1954 to 1989. His law practice included bankruptcy, criminal defense, personal injury, and real estate. He was an avid supporter of the Colorado Easter Seal Society. Memorial contributions can be made to the Colorado Easter Seal Society Handicamp, 5755 W. Alameda, Lakewood, CO 80226.

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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