In Memoriam


The following represents those members of the State Bar of Michigan whose death has been communicated to us. We sincerely apologize if we have omitted your deceased loved one or colleague.

Robert J. Attaway, P10291, of Naples, FL, died September 3, 2017. He was born in 1940 and was admitted to the Bar in 1966.

Bryan J. Borchardt, P42836, of Glen Arbor, died October 1, 2017. He was born in 1963, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1989.

Charles J. Carson, P11679, of Birmingham, died October 8, 2017. He was born in 1938, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1966.

Hon. John B. Collins, P12064, of Ypsilanti, died December 14, 2017. He was born in 1934 and was admitted to the Bar in 1963.

James R. Daoust, P12492, of Mount Clemens, died September 8, 2017. He was born in 1922, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1950.

Patrick E. Hackett, P14500, of Venice, FL, died December 2, 2017. He was born in 1926, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1951.

Stephen P. Hayman, P14777, of Southfield, died December 6, 2017. He was born in 1940, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1965.

Donna C. Hellman, P56941, of Lansing died July 4, 2017. She was born in 1960, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 2000.

Oskar M. Hornbach, P15127, of East Lansing, died November 25, 2017. He was born in 1937, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1967.

Esther O. Igwe, P61786, of Troy, died September 23, 2017. She was born in 1960, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 2000.

Peter D. Jason, P15464, of Lansing, died November 17, 2017. He was born in 1941, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1968.

William P. Jennings Jr., P32116, of West Branch, died October 13, 2017. He was born in 1955 and was admitted to the Bar in 1980.

Lawrence S. Katkowsky, P15740, of Huntington Woods, died November 17, 2017. He was born in 1942, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1968.

Patrick D. McCoy, P29322, of Saginaw, died September 30, 2017. He was born in 1939, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1978.

Frank A. Mordell, P17957, of Rochester Hills, died October 30, 2017. He was born in 1937, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1966.

Thomas S. Michael, P40019, of Mount Clemens, died October 2, 2017. He was born in 1959, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1987.

Scott E. Paye, P44977, of Lake Orion, died September 22, 2017. He was born in 1954, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in1992.

Sinclair Powell, P25769, of Ann Arbor, died September 13, 2017. He was born in 1922 and was admitted to the Bar in 1949.

Walter B. Ranney, P31853, of Ann Arbor, died September 25, 2017. He was born in 1955, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1980.

James W. Rini, P23158, of Sterling Heights, died November 27, 2017. He was born in 1948, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1973.

Edward M. Smith, P20646, of Grand Rapids, died November 9, 2017. He was born in 1939, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1965.

David R. Sodergren, P42429, of Warren, died November 2, 2017. He was born in 1963 and was admitted to the Bar in 1989.

Kathleen A. Stone, P31034, of Saint Claire Shores, died December 22, 2017. She was born in 1947, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1979.

Gerald G. Vairo, P21690, of Lake Linden, died September 8, 2017. He was born in 1940 and was admitted to the Bar in 1965.

R. Thomas Whittaker, P33293, of Midland, died December 23, 2017. He was born in 1956 and was admitted to the Bar in 1981.

From the January 2018 Bar Journal

Norton L. Armour, P74742, of Austin, TX, died September 5, 2017. He was born in 1929, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1954.

Raymond R. Behan, P10630, of Okemos, died May 4, 2017. He was born in 1931, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1961.

Henry M. Carle, P11612, of Tavares, FL, died September 25, 2017. He was born in 1927, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1959.

David F. Carpenter, P11636, of Grand Rapids, died August 7, 2017. He was born in 1933 and was admitted to the Bar in 1966.

William R. Cohen, P57965, of Pompano Beach, FL, died September 15, 2017. He was born in 1971 and was admitted to the Bar in 1998.

Albert M. Colman, P12076, of Southfield, died October 9, 2017. He was born in 1923, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1948.

Hon. Leo Kenneth Foran, P13556, of Dearborn, died November 14, 2017. He was born in 1931, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1960.

Sebastian V. Grassi Jr., P31162, of Troy, died September 11, 2017. He was born in 1954, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1980.

John H. Holst, P15085, of Grand Rapids, died October 8, 2017. He was born in 1943, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1971.

Gary R. La Bret, P16325, of Plymouth, died October 7, 2017. He was born in 1932, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1961.

Thomas G. Plunkett, P18957, of Birmingham, died October 22, 2017. He was born in 1938, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1964.

Sister Joseph Marie Ruessmann, P68291, of Alma, died August 17, 2017. She was born in 1953 and was admitted to the Bar in 2005.

Drew F. Seaman, P26599, of Benton Harbor, died August 8, 2017. He was born in 1951 and was admitted to the Bar in 1976.

James Daniel Shanahan, P20267, of Troy, died November 4, 2017. He was born in 1938, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1968.

John F. Shantz, P20272, of Bloomfield Hills, died August 21, 2017. He was born in 1929, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1954.

Hon. Anna Diggs Taylor, P12773, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died November 4, 2017. She was born in 1932 and was admitted to the Bar in 1961.

Ernest L. White III, P28518, of Saint Joseph, died October 5, 2017. He was born in 1952, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1978.

David J. Zaffina, P28361, of Madison Heights, died July 7, 2017. He was born in 1941, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1978.

Joseph J. Zimmerman, P22736, of Traverse City, died October 13, 2017. He was born in 1939, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1964.

Brian C. Zubel, P36611, of Fenton, died October 2, 2017. He was born in 1958, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1984.