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July 2011       Vol. 40, No. 7       Page  124
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In Memoriam

Ralph Harden
d. May 20, 2011, age 90

Richard Cameron McLean
November 6, 1931–May 7, 2011

William M. Pade
d. June 3, 2011

Oleta Belle (Meisner) Webster
January 2, 1929–May 16, 2011

Robert (Bob) Floyd Welborn
June 14, 1919–May 24, 2011



Richard Cameron McLean

Richard McLean, former judge in the Twentieth Judicial District, died May 7, 2011 at home with his wife, Edie, by his side. A Denver native, Dick received his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1958 and clerked for Judge Jean Breitenstein of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Dick’s law practice focused on the defense of product liability claims, as well as professional liability, architectural and engineering litigation, insurance law, and other tort claims. He authored the Colorado Ski Safety Act. He tried numerous cases in state and federal courts and argued appeals at all judicial levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a partner at Sheldon, Bayer, McLean & Glasman, P.C., which became Bayer, McLean, Carey & McGee, P.C.

Dick was involved in the legal community. He was a member of the American, Colorado, Denver, and Boulder County Bar Associations. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and President of the Colorado Defense Lawyers (1978–79). Dick served on the Board of Trustees for the Boulder Bar Foundation.

During his tenure as a judge, Dick showed his deep interest in the welfare of child victims and children accused of violations of the law. He believed that juvenile offenders could be rehabilitated. In 1995, he received the Annual Outstanding Service to Children Award from the Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody.

Until Governor Richard Lamm selected him for the bench in 1980, Dick was very active in politics. He chaired the Boulder County Democratic Party (1955–56). He was elected to the Boulder City Council in 1970 and served as Mayor of Boulder (1972–73). This was a turbulent time of protests against the Vietnam War, and Dick personally intervened when gun-toting residents made threats against protesters.

After retiring from the bench, Dick returned to political life. In 1998, he was elected to represent District O on the Regional Transportation District Board of Trustees, where he served until 2006. His colleagues elected him to be the Board’s treasurer.

Dick McLean was an amateur astronomer. He loved to travel and took trips to Romania and Costa Rica to view solar eclipses. He was an avid skier, hiker, and bicyclist, and he loved taking walks in Boulder’s open space.

Donations in Dick’s name may be made to the Nature Conservancy, 2424 Spruce St., Boulder, CO. 80302.

—Submitted by Cathryn L. Hazouri

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