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December 2013       Vol. 42, No. 12       Page  94
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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

Robert W. (Tod) Baker
d. November 3, 2013, age 90

Thomas E. Creighton
July 28, 1924–October 25, 2013

Penelope M. Griffin
May 18, 1920–November 3, 2013

Trygve E. Kjellsen
December 3, 1970–November 10, 2013

Dennis (Mark) Richey
September 13, 1957–November 3, 2013

Dan Schoen
d. October 15, 2013, age 45

Robert R. (Bob) Stewart, Jr.
October 26, 1954–October 13, 2013

John Sumpter Walker, Jr.
October 1921–October 2013

Laurie Diane West-Roberts
August 8, 1957–October 22, 2013


Thomas E. Creighton

Former Cockrell, Quinn & Creighton partner Thomas E. Creighton died peacefully on October 25, 2013. Tom was born in Colorado on July 28, 1924, and grew up in Flagler, a very small town on the Eastern Plains. He was one of four Colorado students granted a scholarship to Yale. College was interrupted by service as a navigator on a naval ship in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1945 and graduated from Yale in June 1947, with a semester’s credit for having "survived the war."

He graduated from the Yale Law School in 1950 and returned to Colorado to practice law. He attended a Yale roommate’s wedding in Alabama, and there met Lucy Black, an Alabama native and graduate student in Economics at Harvard. They were married in 1952.

After several years of solo practice, Tom joined the firm of Henry and Adams in Denver, which became Cockrell, Quinn and & Creighton and now is Waggener & Foster LLP. He maintained an office presence in his hometown of Flagler.

Tom worked on litigation for the Denver School Board in its landmark desegregation case, Keyes v. School District No. 1, which eventually was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 and resulted in court-ordered busing in Denver. He was intensely involved in the case, and the hours he put in created a lot of stress on the family. Tom and Lucy’s children attended the public schools in Park Hill that were at the heart of the case, as did their Denver grandchildren.

Tom was very active in the CBA. He was the principal drafter of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules, when he chaired that committee. He also founded the Agricultural Law Section. He was a longtime member of the monthly real estate lawyer lunch group known as POETS. He retired in 2007.

Tom often said that what most gratified him was helping to serve the legal needs of rural Eastern Colorado. He liked to point out that none of his four children became a lawyer, and he suspected that it was because they saw the demands that the practice puts on attorneys.

Tom is survived by his wife Lucy Black Creighton; children Tom, Jr., Winifred Walters, Ann Creighton, and Virginia Newton; and eight grandchildren.

Victor Quinn, who practiced law with Tom Creighton for many years, first at Henry & Adams, then at Henry, Cockrell Quinn and Creighton, and then at Cockrell Quinn & Creighton, adds this remembrance of Tom:

In 1959, Tom joined Henry & Adams—"our firm," as we all used to say when introducing guests at Law Club meetings. We practiced together at that firm and its successors for over forty years. Many things I recall about Tom, but two stand out from the rest. First was his boundless energy. I never saw him when he seemed strained or tired—even after the all-nighters during the early phases of the Keyes case. Second, I never heard Tom say a cross or mean word. His boundless energy was matched by boundless good will. It has been said before, but is apt here: "We shall not see his like again."

—Submitted by Thomas E. Creighton, Jr.,
Richard M. Foster, and Victor Quinn

Robert R. (Bob) Stewart, Jr.

Robert R. (Bob) Stewart, Jr., 59, was the Managing Shareholder of Stewart, Shortridge & Fitzke, P.C., the law firm he founded in 1987. He was a well-respected transaction and estate planning attorney in the Denver area, and a sought-after lecturer to professionals and the public on asset protection. Inside the firm, he was known as a man of vision, loyalty, determination, strategic thinking, meticulous attention to detail, intelligence, creativity, humor, and faithful friendship. He took his roles and his calling very seriously, and true to his Scottish heritage, he fiercely protected those he called his own.

Bob died at his home in Centennial, Colorado on October 13, 2013 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He is survived by his wife of forty years, Connie; children Jennifer Martin (John), Robert R. Stewart III, Brian Stewart (Gabby), Ashley Stewart (Wraner Horn), and Megan Stewart; six grandchildren; four siblings; and extended law firm family.

Born at a military hospital in Wüertzberg, Germany on October 26, 1954, Bob grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He received his BS, cum laude, in business management in 1977 from Northern State University, followed by MA, Accounting, and JD degrees in 1980 from the University of South Dakota, where he was a member of the Law Review (1979–80). He was admitted to the Supreme Courts of South Dakota (1980) and Colorado (1981), and was licensed as a CPA in Colorado (1980). Bob was a member of the Arapahoe County, Colorado, and American Bar Associations; the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants; the AICPA; and the Denver Estate Planning Council.

Bob loved competition and lettered eight times in high school sports (football, basketball, and track). He was a die-hard fan of the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rapids, and a tireless supporter of youth soccer. He was licensed by the U.S. Soccer Federation and coached four of his children in local clubs, winning a number of championships. Most recent, he was a proud fan of his grandson, reporting to everyone he met that Tyler was the best young soccer player he had ever seen: "He’s a natural!" As a loving grandpa, Bob’s heart swelled over each grandchild and he bragged shamelessly about them as being the cutest, smartest, and most talented kids around.

Bob Stewart was a man of great passion and, if he had your back, you felt that you could proceed with confidence. He was a man of impressive size and large spirit, but his nature was to move through life with a warm smile, a congenial and respectful tone, and a can-do attitude. We are honored to have worked beside him for many years. He was one-of-a-kind and we miss him deeply.

—Submitted by Bob’s office family at
Stewart, Shortridge & Fitzke, P.C.

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