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October 2001       Vol. 30, No. 10       Page  167
In Memoriam

In Memoriam


Pueblo attorney Leo S. Altman, died on July 12, 2001. He was 90. Altman was licensed to practice law in 1935 at the age of 28. He joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1939. Altman was an active partner in the Pueblo law firm of Altman Keilbach Lytle Parlapiano & Ware P.C. through the early months of 2001. He was a devoted mentor to new attorneys and was recognized for his patience and practical advice. He served on the state board of bar examiners, was president of the Pueblo Bar Association, and was a police magistrate and municipal judge. He was a judge advocate in World War II and retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. Altman was active in community organizations, including the Knife & Fork Club, B’nai Brith, and the Masonic Lodge.

Walter Allen Ballou, a retired lawyer from Wheat Ridge, died on July 12, 2001. He was 83. Ballou earned a law degree from the University of Denver in 1945. He was a state representative, serving in the Colorado House of Representatives in 1951 and 1952. Ballou was a member of the Colorado Bar Association. Contributions in Ballou’s name may be made to the Christian and Missionary Alliance, 7286 S. Knights Road, Canby, OR 97013.

Attorney Joseph Branney died August 4, 2001, in La Veta, Colorado. He was 62. Branney was born in 1938 in Casper, Wyoming. He earned a degree in geology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1960 and a law degree from the University of Denver in 1963. He practiced law for thirty-five years. He was president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, a faculty member of the University of Denver College of Law, and an active member of the Colorado Bar Association. Branney also was a photographer. His photographs appeared in National Geographic, National Wildlife, and Ranger Rick magazines. He is survived by his wife, four sons, and three grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to Kempe Children’s Foundation, 1825 Marion St., Denver, CO 80218.

John Darnall Drake died on June 22, 2001. He was 61. Drake was born in Carthage, Missouri, and graduated from Shattuck Military Academy in 1958. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. He attended the University of Colorado School of Law, earning a J.D. degree in 1966. In 1971, Drake and his law partner purchased the Ullrhof Restaurant in Snowmass Mountain, which continues to operate there today. Drake was a lover of the outdoors and was a long-time volunteer for Mountain Rescue. He is survived by his wife of forty-one years and their two sons.

Denver native Frank A. Elzi died on July 28, 2001. He was 84. Elzi was born in Denver in 1916. He was a city attorney for the Denver Department of Social Services. He was a big fan of the game of baseball. He played tennis and golf, and was a formidable challenger in a game of Scrabble. Elzi is survived by his wife, five children, and three grandchildren. Contributions in Elzi’s memory may be made to Bonfils Blood Bank, 4200 E. Ninth Ave., Denver, CO 80220.

Thomas Snyder Pace of Denver died on July 21, 2001. He was 90. Pace was born in Clayton, New Mexico, in 1910. He earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University and was a member of the Texas and Wyoming bar associations. He was an independent landman and attorney and worked for Atlantic Richield for many years. In 1986, Pace was presented with the Hall of Fame Award from the Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen. He is survived by nine children, twelve grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Attorney Robert Dean Poulson of Littleton died on May 3, 2001. He was 73. Poulson was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1927. He joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1958 and was a member of the Business Law and Mineral Law Sections. Poulson is survived by three sons and a grandson. Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of St. John, 1320 Everett Court, Lakewood, Co 80215.

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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