The Colorado Lawyer
Vol. 42, No. 6 [Page 85]
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Benjamin L. Craig
March 15, 1931–April 30, 2013
Jane A. Shiley
July 7, 1944–May 1, 2013
William T. Slamkowski
August 16, 1963–April 20, 2013
d. May 7, 2013, age 94
Ralph M. Clark
Ralph M. Clark was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1926, the youngest of four brothers. He attended public schools in Omaha until enlisting in the Navy at age 17. He served as a Naval combat air crewman, gunner.
Following the end of World War II, he attended the University of Colorado. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and, following his undergraduate studies, entered the University of Colorado School of Law, where he obtained his JD degree in 1952. He entered private practice in Denver and, as was the case with many freshly minted attorneys in the early 1950s, obtained extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts by accepting assignments as a court-appointed attorney in criminal cases.
In 1959, he became a founding partner, along with John Law and Bob Nagel, in the firm of Law Nagel and Clark, where he remained until his retirement from law practice in 1980 to become a professional lobbyist with the Colorado Legislature. His assignments included representation of the CBA in connection with its interests in legislative and political matters.
Chuck Turner, CBA Executive Director, reflected, on learning of Ralph’s passing:
He was a unique and highly regarded representative for the CBA for many years. Ralph had an uncanny skill and instinct for casting, rephrasing, and explaining the solemn and formal issues supported by the Bar in an appealing light. He did it in a manner that was fair, palatable, and individual to each editor and TV producer. He personally visited with them in every community and corner of Colorado. The result was an advocacy through personal relationships that usually assuaged possible misgivings and elicited their cordial support and that of their readers and viewers.
Immediately following graduation from law school, Ralph extended his love of politics into organized Republican politics. He became a high-level advisor and activist in campaigns extending from the Colorado Legislature to Denver mayoralty, gubernatorial, U.S. representative and senatorial, and presidential campaigns. He also earned the respect and friendship of many activists in the Democratic party, which stood him in good stead in all fields of political and personal endeavor. His lifelong friends included astronauts, mayors, governors, congressional representatives, senators, and presidents.
Ralph was a lifelong gardener, outdoorsman, naturalist, and vintner. He was an avid fly fisher and hunter. He served as an appointee to the National Park’s Rocky Mountain Regional Advisory Commission for twelve years.
Ralph is survived by his three daughters and two grandchildren, Kathy Clark (Jeff Weisenburger) of Lakewood; Carol Clark (Bill Swenson) and granddaughter Karli Swenson of Jackson, Wyoming; and Lisa Look (Randy Look) and grandson Bennett Look of Morrison. He passed away at the Hospice of St. John in Lakewood on January 18, 2013. Ralph, his family, and his friends remain most grateful to the Hospice for the loving, thoughtful, and skillful care they provided.
—Submitted by John Law and Bob Nagel
Suzanne Harvey Lynch
Suzanne Harvey Lynch passed away on April 4, 2013. Sue was born in Lima, New York to Leo and Eleanor Harvey on June 30, 1934. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Washington, DC and her law degree from the Georgetown University School of Law.
Sue was licensed to practice law in Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She worked as a prosecutor for the Denver District Attorney’s Office in the 1970s, followed by a stint working as staff counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Colorado. She returned to private practice in the 1980s, handling workers’ compensation and social security disability matters until her retirement in 2001. Sue was recognized by her colleagues and peers as a superior lawyer, admired both for her knowledge of the law and her skillful advocacy.
Sue is survived by daughters Ann Sutherland Lynch and Eleanor Harvey Lynch (Philip Palisoul); and sons Daniel Frances Lynch, Jr. (Michelle) and John Carroll Lynch (Brenda Wehle). Sue also is survived by five grandchildren, her brother Thomas Harvey, and her former husband and companion Daniel F. Lynch. She also will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
The lessons to be learned from a life as well lived as Sue’s are to never lose sight of the importance of family, to take joy in the ability to serve others, and to fulfill your destiny with grace and kindness. Memorial contributions in Sue’s honor may be made to the James Dunn and Michael Dunn scholarship fund for Regis High School.
—Submitted by Michael J. Grills
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 email@example.com.
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