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September 2013       Vol. 42, No. 9       Page  80
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In Memoriam

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

Harlan G. Balaban
September 20, 1924–August 5, 2013

Clifford J. Calhoun
August 7, 1936–June 25, 2013

Francis Primbs King
May 9, 1931–July 19, 2013

Robert S. Mintz

Frank H. Morison
February 20, 1925–August 5, 2013



Clifford J. Calhoun

Clifford Calhoun was a brilliant lawyer, scholar, and teacher. He was also a self-effacing man of enormous integrity and decency. Cliff was born in Fairfield, Iowa in 1936, and he died in Burlington, Iowa on June 25, 2013. After graduating from Burlington High School in 1954, Cliff attended Harvard College. After serving in the Army for two years, Cliff entered Harvard Law School. He graduated in 1963, practiced law in Ohio for five years, and moved to Colorado to join the University of Colorado School of Law (CU Law) faculty.

Cliff Calhoun taught at CU Law for twenty-nine years, and served as professor, associate Dean, and acting Dean. He primarily taught commercial law subjects, such as UCC, bankruptcy, and creditor–debtor law. He was a demanding teacher, and his students respected and loved him. When he retired from teaching for health reasons, CU Law honored him by establishing the Clifford Calhoun Service Award, which is presented annually to the faculty member who contributes to public service "in the spirit and tradition of the contributions Professor Calhoun made in his career at the law school."

Cliff’s life in law was hallmarked by service. In addition to leadership roles at CU?Law, he was very active in CBA activities, including service in drafting and understanding commercial and business entity laws. Cliff was a co-reporter (along with his good friend Professor J. Dennis Hynes) in drafting the Colorado Uniform Partnership Act over a two-year period. Recognizing the obvious, the CBA awarded its highest honor, the Award of Merit, to Cliff in 1996.

Clifford Calhoun is missed by his friends, colleagues, and students throughout the Colorado legal community. His life had impact.

—Submitted by J. William Callison

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