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March 2014       Vol. 43, No. 3       Page  86
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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

Warren T. Brown
July 29, 1922–November 12, 2013

Frederick Myers
September 14,1932–January 31, 2014

David Ray Purdy
April 11, 1949–February 1, 2014

George L. Zoellner
d. January 12, 2014, age 89



George L. Zoellner

George L. Zoellner passed away on January 12, 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 89. His loving wife of sixty-eight years was with him at his death.

A native of Colorado, George was born in Gypsum in 1924. He attended elementary and high schools in Gypsum. He attended Mesa College in Grand Junction before serving four years in the armed forces during World War II. George married Carol Lockhart in Hooperston, Illinois in 1946. After his military career, he attended the University of Colorado, where he earned his law degree in 1951.

George served as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Colorado for thirteen years, during which time he served as Deputy Chief and Chief Highway Counsel. Subsequently, he served as General Counsel for the Denver Board of Water Commissioners for eleven years. He maintained an active law practice in Aurora until his retirement in 1999. George served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Adams County Bar Association; served as Secretary and Chair of the Water Law Section; served two terms on the CBA Board of Governors; and was a frequent speaker at institutes and seminars on the subject of eminent domain. George was considered one of the preeminent authorities on this subject in Colorado.

In 2010, he and Carol moved to Scottsdale, Arizona to live their twilight years with their son Gary and daughter-in-law Carole. George battled serious health conditions his entire life, which never deterred him from achieving his goals. He enjoyed watching his beloved Denver Broncos and Colorado Buffaloes, and held season tickets for forty-six and fifty-two years, respectively. He traveled extensively with his "Doll from Illinois" and loved fishing in Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Canada, and Alaska with his son and friends.

George is survived by his wife Carole; son Gary; daughters Georgianna Pollard and Rebecca Fleck; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grand children. His daughter Rhonda Zoellner Martinez preceded him in death. George lived life with purpose, laughter, and wit. He met all challenges with resolve and set a shining example for his family, many friends, and fellow attorneys. We all will miss him dearly.

—Submitted by Jack Cook

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