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June 2012       Vol. 41, No. 6       Page  84
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In Memoriam

Evan Monroe Harris II

Donald W. Hoagland
August 16, 1921–May 5, 2012

William C. McClearn
August 12, 1927–May 8, 2012

Shannon E. Shuteran
September 15, 1953–May 5, 2012

Edward L. True*
June 3, 1926–March 12, 2012

*Edward L. True was inaccurately listed as Robert L. True in the May issue.
The Colorado Lawyer staff regrets the error.


Donald W. Hoagland


Former Davis Graham & Stubbs partner Donald W. Hoagland died peacefully on May 5, 2012, in the company of his wife Mary and their children. Don played many professional roles throughout his career: corporate lawyer, managing partner, mentor, public advocate, historian, conscience, and friend.

Don was born in New York City and graduated from Yale University in 1943. After serving as a carrier-based combat pilot in World War II, he attended Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Columbia Law Review. He received his law degree in 1948 and started his legal career at Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts in New York City. In 1951, he and his wife Mary moved to Denver.

In addition to his private practice serving businesses during one of the highest growth periods of our region’s history, Don played a pioneering role in creating ways for those with unmet legal needs to connect with private lawyers willing to help. He was instrumental in founding and leading organizations such as the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver and the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. He wrote extensively on the benefits that pro bono representation brings to the community and to individual lawyers, their firms, and the profession. The CBA has described Don as "the pro bono conscience of the bar," and established the Donald W. Hoagland Award in his honor. The award is presented to an outstanding leader in the development and implementation of pro bono representation.

When he retired from practicing law in 1987, Don began a twenty-year career as an advocate for public health and health-care reform. He served as chair of the Caring for Colorado Foundation and executive director of the Center for Health Ethics and Policy at the University of Colorado (Denver), and spearheaded an initiative to create a school of public health for Colorado. Don’s work is honored by the Colorado School of Public Health through its Don Hoagland Strategic Initiatives Fund, which recognizes Don’s "flexible foresight and intuition" in the area of public health.

Don was known for his many roles at the law firm, including his tenure as its managing partner. Don’s colleagues at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP remember him most as a man of gentle grace who brought passion to serving clients, developing young colleagues, and encouraging all lawyers to become better advisors by engaging in community service.

—Submitted on Behalf of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP


William C. McClearn


William C. McClearn, former President of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, died May 8, 2012. He was born August 12, 1927 in Duluth, Minnesota. McClearn served in the military during WWII and the Korean War. In 1951, he graduated from the University of Colorado (CU) Law School, where he was class president and a member of the law review. He worked at the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart his entire legal career, after joining as a law clerk in 1950. He was the firm’s chair and served as the chair of the firm’s management committee and the head of the litigation department.

McClearn, considered a "lawyer’s lawyer" by his colleagues, served as DBA President during 1977–78, and as CBA President during 1980–81. U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson, who was a firm partner with McClearn at Holland & Hart, commented for a 2004 profile of McClearn published in The Colorado Lawyer, "In recognizing this man for his accomplishments, I would focus above all else on his professionalism, civility, and basic decency as a lawyer and a human being."

Other association service includes membership on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors and fellowship of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, and the Colorado Bar Foundation. In 1990, he was presented CU’s William Lee Knous Award, and in 2000, he was presented the CBA’s Award of Merit.

Bill and Evelyn McClearn were married for fifty-nine years. They shared a love of golf and travel. In addition to Evelyn, McClearn is survived by three children and six grandchildren. Memorials in his name may be made to the Colorado Bar Foundation at, or to the Evelyn and William McClearn Endowment at the History Colorado Center,

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth where available, and date of death of deceased attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at

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