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.

Brian T. Ahnger, P32151, of Saginaw, died January 25, 2017. He was born in 1950, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1980.

Charles H. Aymond, P10317, of Jackson, died January 25, 2017. He was born in 1941, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1965. 

Danny P. Barrett, P26241, of Brighton, died September 11, 2016. He was born in 1946, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1973.

Renald A. Benczkowski, P32215, of Rochester Hills, died on November 17, 2016. He was born in 1942, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1980.

Wanda M. Brush, P34270, of Laguna Woods, CA, died September 29, 2016. She was born in 1935, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1982.

Dan Bully, P65359, of Southfield, died December 16, 2016. He was born in 1966, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 2003.  

James Mathew Catchick, P11734, of Vero Beach, FL, died September 1, 2016. He was born in 1935 and was admitted to the Bar in 1965.  

Richard E. Cooley, P12190, of Grand Blanc, died December 14, 2016. He was born in 1935 and was admitted to the Bar in 1960.

William K. Davenport, P12520, of Bloomfield Hills, died September 29, 2016. He was born in 1928, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1953. 

George L. Downing, P12920, of Bay City, died January 27, 2017. He was born in 1927, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1956.

Joel R. Goodman, P14163, of Southfield, died February 13, 2017. He was born in 1941, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1969.

Douglas Hamel, P29768, of Southgate, died December 13, 2016. He was born in 1947, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1979. 

Hon. Charles W. Joiner, P15560, of Naples, FL, died March 10, 2017. He was born in 1916 and was admitted to the Bar in 1947.

Harry L. Lapham Jr., P24342, of Farmington, died December 14, 2016. He was born in 1949, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1974.

Donna J. Lehl, P40013, of Saint Clair Shores, died October 22, 2016. She was born in 1949, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1987. 

Joseph P. McCarroll, P28083, of Grosse Pointe Park, died November 18, 2016. He was born in 1947, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1977.

Wendell A. Peterson, P23702, of Novi, died January 30, 2017. He was born in 1940, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1974.  

M. Jon Posner, P19024, of Southfield, died January 11, 2017. He was born in 1943, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1970.

J. Robert Rock, P19540, of Dearborn Heights, died January 9, 2017. He was born in 1931, Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1958.

Gary L. Sackett, P19829, of Livonia, died February 17, 2017. He was born in 1942, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1968.

Blakely C. Slater, P61746, of New Brunswick, NJ, died January 4, 2017. She was born in 1968, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 2000.  

Lawrence A. Smith, P20683, of Bloomfield Hills, died October 2, 2016. He was born in 1921, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1949.

Lucy M. Smythe, P43517, of Perry, died October 4, 2016. She was born in 1950, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1990.  

Robert D. VanderLaan, P27606, of Grand Rapids, died February 28, 2017. He was born in 1952, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1977.

Avrom T.J. Weisman, P37595, of Oak Park, died February 28, 2017. He was born in 1949, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1985.

Stanley E. Wise, P22469, of Southfield, died January 13, 2017. He was born in 1929, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1954.

Susan J. Zbikowski, P40471, of Southfield, died February 13, 2017. She was born in 1958, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1987.

From the March 2017 Bar Journal

Royce Baum Jr., P10555, of Beverly Hills, died December 27, 2016. He was born in 1929, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1952.

J. Walter Brock, P11222, of Muskegon, died January 9, 2017. He was born in 1939, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1965.

Thomas V. Giles, P13978, of Bloomfield Hills, died September 27, 2016. He was born in 1937, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1966.

James L. Hopewell, P55754, of Grand Rapids, died September 16, 2016. He was born in 1967 and was admitted to the Bar in 1996. 

Douglas W. Hoste, P15146, of Mount Clemens, died September 14, 2016. He was born in 1939, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1967.  

Bennet S. Koren, P27577, of New Orleans, LA, died November 24. 2016. He was born in 1952, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1977. 

Eugene W. Kuthy, P16315, of Detroit, died December 12, 2016. He was born in 1930, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1964.

Wenceslaus J. Maliszewski, P17019, of Howell, died December 5, 2016. He was born in 1922, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1954.  

Michael J. McNamee, P23181, of Port Huron, died January 22, 2017. He was born in 1947, graduate from the University Of Detroit School Of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1973.  

Douglas N. Nelson, P37657, of Lakeport, died September 8, 2016. He was born in 1946, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1985.  

Richard E. O’Brien, P61632, of Lambertville, died November 6, 2016. He was born in 1937 and was admitted to the Bar in 2000. 

Lawrence C. Patrick, P25311, of Detroit, died January 12, 2017. He was born in 1945 and was admitted to the Bar in 1975.  

Karl Reibel, P19308, of Elephant Butte, NM, died December 13, 2016. He was born in 1931, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1968.  

Salman T. Sesi, P20232, of Farmington Hills, died December 6, 2016. He was born in 1923, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1966.

Scott I. Spokojny, P71910, of West Bloomfield, died September 16, 2016. He was born in 1977, graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 2008. 

Kent J. Vana, P21701, of Grand Rapids, died December 31, 2016. He was born in 1937, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1962.  

George A. Weible, P22093, of Livonia, died October 13, 2016. He was born in 1929 and was admitted to the Bar in 1955. 

Richard F. Zapala, P23502, of Haslett, died December 19, 2016. He was born in 1948, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1974.