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.

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.

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

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.

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.

David E. Bucklin, P23549, of Kalamazoo, died July 18, 2017. He was born in 1942, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1974.

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.

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.

Howard E. Clark, P11929, of Jackson, died July 3, 2017. He was born in 1921, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1951.

Robert L. Coburn, P12001, of Columbus, NC, died March 9, 2017. He was born in 1929, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1960.

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.

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.

David L. Denn, P12679, of West Bloomfield, died July 17, 2017. He was born in 1932, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1957.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Donald R. McLean, P17496, of Rockwall, TX, died July 17, 2017. He was born in 1928, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1962.

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.

Sheldon Murray Meizlish, P17601, of Beverly Hills, died June 17, 2017. He was born in 1937 and was admitted to the Bar in 1962.

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.

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.

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.

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

Robert J. Sayfie, P45267, of Grand Rapids, died August 13, 2017. He was born in 1964, graduated from University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1991.

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.

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.

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.

Mark E. Taylor, P45413, of Lansing, died August 22, 2017. He was born in 1956, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1991.

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

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.

From the November 2017 Bar Journal

Hon. David Martin Bradfield, P27057, of Detroit, died July 30, 2017. He was born in 1946, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1976.

Hon. Robert W. Carr, P11654, of Novi, died September 1, 2017. He was born in 1929, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1960.

Thomas J. Dempsey, P48792, of Grand Rapids, died August 24, 2017. He was born in 1962 and was admitted to the Bar in 1993.

J. Samuel Holtz, P52795, of Ann Arbor, died September 3, 2017. He was born in 1956 and was admitted to the Bar in 1995.

Robert T. Kinzer, P15993, of Troy, died June 11, 2017. He was born in 1948, graduated from Wayne State University, and was admitted to the Bar in 1971.

Mary E. MacDougall, P43878, of Dearborn, died August 15, 2017. She was born in 1936, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1990.

Leonard B. Schwartz, P20132, of Southfield, died August 27, 2017. He was born in 1934, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1960.

John F. Sieberth, P20422, of Baton Rouge, LA, died July 25, 2017. He was born in 1925, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1957.

Richard A. Solomon, P20777, of Houston, TX, died May 19. 2017. He was born in 1937, graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1963.

Francis L. Sylvester, P21218, of Rochester, died September 19, 2017. He was born in 1925, graduated from Wayne State University Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1953.

Thomas G. Trautner, P41826, of Cadillac, died August 19, 2017. He was born in 1961, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in 1988.

John M. Wells, P22176, of Battle Creek, died July 11, 2017. He was born in 1938, graduated from the Detroit College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1965.