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November 2001       Vol. 30, No. 11       Page  102
In Memoriam

In Memoriam


Attorney Kenneth Earl Bodine, a Denver native, died on September 2, 2001. He was 75. Bodine was born in 1926. He married Patricia Proulx in 1953. Bodine’s practice emphasized international oil. He was a member of the Colorado Bar Association. Bodine is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.

Greeley attorney Richard Doyle died on September 10, 2001. He was 60. Doyle was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1941. He married Diane White in 1963 and moved to Chicago, where he attended the University of Chicago Law School. After receiving his J.D. degree in 1966, the Doyles moved to Greeley, where Richard Doyle took the Colorado Bar exam and was sworn in to practice law. Doyle was a career-long member of the Weld County Bar Association. He served as its secretary-treasurer, vice-president, president, and founder and chair of the Tax and Estate Planning Section. He also served on the CBA Board of Governors and the Colorado Bar Foundation. He was director, treasurer, vice-president, and president of Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. Doyle belonged to the Jaycees and the Greeley Housing Authority, and was counsel to the Community Foundation, serving Greeley and Weld County. He was a regular guest reader at Monfort Elementary School. Given his professional achievements, Doyle considered his greatest accomplishment that of "being a good father." Survivors include his wife, two children, and a granddaughter. Memorial gifts may be made to The Community Foundation, 801 8th St., Suite 230, Greeley, CO 80631, or the Colorado Bar Foundation.

Attorney Robert L. Harris, an honorary life member of the Denver Bar Association, died on September 26, 2001. He was 81. Harris was born in Watertown, New York. He was a second lieutenant in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Cornell University Law School in 1947. Harris served as Assistant Attorney General for Colorado from 1967 to 1975, and was a self-employed attorney in the oil and mining industries. He was president of the Lincoln Club of Colorado. He is survived by three children and one grandchild. Contributions may be made to the Robert L. Harris Memorial Fund, c/o World Savings Bank, 2111 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80227.

Cortez attorney Melvyn E. Stein died on June 24, 2001. He was 74. He was born in Chicago and served with the Army Air Corps during World War II. Stein was involved in community affairs and was interested in sports. He is survived by his wife and two children. Contributions in Stein’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 710 W. 68th St., New York, NY 10032.

Roderick N. Stewart, a lifelong Delta resident, died on July 29, 2001. He was 88. Stewart graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1937. He joined the Colorado Bar Association in 1939. Stewart was married to Margaret E. Banks for sixty years. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in Newfoundland and Ft. Worden, Washington. When he returned to Colorado, Stewart became an active member of the City and County of Delta. He was president of the first school board of Joint District 50 and was a life member of the Colorado Education Association. He later served on the City of Delta Charter Convention and helped organize the Delta Finance Company. He was a lifetime member of the Delta Savings and Loan Association. He helped form Goldenrod Corporation, a real estate development company in the Cedaredge and Orchard City areas. Stewart served as vice-president of the Colorado Bar Association and was a CBA honorary life member. He also was a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Probate Counsel. Survivors include his wife, seven children, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Memorial gifts may be made to: United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 427, Delta, CO 81416; Delta County Historial Society, 251 Meeker St., Delta, CO 81416; or Delta County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1111, Delta, CO 81416.

Retired Denver judge and Denver native James D. Urso died on July 6, 2001. He was 80. Urso served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Purple Heart. Urso was an honorary life member of the Denver Bar Association. He is survived by his wife and son.


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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