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TCL > June 2011 Issue > In Memoriam

June 2011       Vol. 40, No. 6       Page  112
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In Memoriam

Glenn V. Davis
October 31, 1950–April 18, 2011

Barbara Lahey
November 11, 1925–April 10, 2011



William M. Burke III

Bill Burke and I met nearly forty years ago when we were assigned to the same first-year section at Harvard Law School. We became good friends even though our backgrounds were quite different.

Bill was from West Virginia; I was from New York. After high school, Bill served in the Air Force. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in astronautical engineering. Before and during law school, he worked for NASA and MIT. I graduated from Cornell with a degree in government. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer after college.

After graduating from law school in 1974, Bill moved to Colorado; I moved here the following year. We maintained our friendship, even though our career paths diverged—Bill worked as a corporate lawyer and I as a legal services lawyer and then a judge. After working for Holland & Hart for three years, he became a solo practitioner.

Bill always seemed to have a smile on his face. His unassuming manner belied the depth and breadth of his knowledge about both legal and other topics. Among other interests, Bill enjoyed reading, mathematics, and South American travel.

After practicing in Denver for many years, Bill moved to Montrose, where he passed away on March 27, 2011 at age 69. He is survived by his widow Dianne and three children.

—Submitted by Dan Taubman

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