The Colorado Lawyer
Vol. 40, No. 9 [Page 88]
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d. July 9, 2011, age 69
Robert E. Hall
June 10, 1921–July 19, 2011
John R. (Jack) Little
June 30, 1932–August 3, 2011
John Adams McKinney
November 9, 1923–August 5, 2011
February 17, 1963–July 16, 2011
Kurt G. Stiegelmeier
d. July 18, 2011, age 55
Raphael J. (Ray) Moses
The Colorado legal community mourns the recent loss of one of its greatest lawyers. Raphael J. Moses, a nationally known water lawyer, died on June 8, 2011, at the age of 97.
Moses was born in Girard, Alabama. He was raised in Alamosa, Colorado by his paternal uncle Albert Moses and his aunt Rosa, after the death of his parents before his first birthday.
After graduating from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in 1935 and a law degree in 1937, he joined his uncle in a law practice in Alamosa. Moses served as a U.S. Navy lieutenant in World War II aboard the USS Bush. He was rescued from the East China Sea after the Bush was struck by a Japanese suicide bomber on April 6, 1945. After the war, Moses returned to his law practice in Alamosa, where he became a well-known and well-respected water lawyer.
In 1962, he moved his law practice to Boulder, eventually founding the law firm of Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C. in 1974. Moses had a busy law practice until his retirement and remained of counsel to the firm until his death. He argued several cases before the Colorado Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a creative thinker, prolific writer, and eloquent speaker, and many of his articles and speeches were nationally published.
Moses leaves a lengthy and impressive legacy of public service and dedicated attention to the needs of his public and private clients. He served as vice chair of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (1955–58), and as its counsel (1958–75). As counsel and consultant to the Water Conservation Board, he represented Colorado in all interstate water matters. He was Special Attorney General for the Rio Grande Compact (1957–58) and a member of the "Committee of 14" advising the U.S. State Department on revisions to the Mexican Treaty concerning the Colorado River (1966–77).
He was a founder of the Western States Water Council and served as its chair for two years. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Congress (1964). He also served on the Boards of Colorado Open Lands (1983–89) and of the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities (1986–93).
Moses was President of the San Luis Valley Bar Association (1942). He was very active in the Colorado Bar Association and served as its President (1959–60). He received the CBA Award of Merit (1972), the association’s highest honor. He was a Life Member of the American Bar Foundation and an emeritus member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Counsel Association. He also served on the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission (1972–79).
He was very involved with the University of Colorado (CU) and its Law School. He taught water law for seventeen years and was CU resident counsel (1964–66). He served on the Advisory Board of the Natural Resources Law Center for several years and as a CU Regent. He received the Honorary Order of the Coif from CU Law, the William E. Knous Award, the Norlin Award from the CU Associated Alumni, and the CU Medal. A professorship at CU Law has been endowed in Moses’s name, and a classroom was named in his honor.
Donations in Moses’s memory may be made to the Ray Moses Fund at the CU Law School. Checks are payable to the CU Foundation and mailed to 4740 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80301.
—Submitted by Rhoda Olson
Kurt G. Stiegelmeier
Kurt Stiegelmeier passed away May 18, 2011 in Pueblo after a brief illness. He was 55. He is missed by his family, his co-workers, and his many friends around the state.
A native of the Denver area, Stiegelmeier served honorably in the U.S. Army before receiving his BA with distinction from the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder in 1979, and his JD from the CU School of Law in 1982. At the time of his passing, he was serving as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Pueblo.
Over his twenty-eight-year legal career, Stiegelmeier had worked as an assistant city attorney for the cities of Colorado Springs, Denver, and Arvada. He also was an assistant county attorney for Douglas and Weld Counties. He was co-founder of the Ben S. Wendelkin Inn of Court in Colorado Springs, and has authored numerous articles published in The Colorado Lawyer relating to liquor licensing, governmental immunity, and municipal courts.
—Submitted by Thomas J. Florczak
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