Oregon State Bar Bulletin — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2003

In Memoriam

Astoria criminal defense lawyer Elizabeth Ann (Beth) Baldwin died Nov. 11, 2002, of cancer. She was 53.

Baldwin was born Jan. 25, 1949, in Fargo, N.D. She received her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1976. She first worked in the Lane County Public Defender's Office until 1981, when she began a private practice in Astoria, which she maintained until her illness. She was a member in the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defenders.

Survivors include her life partner of 27 years, Fitz Moore, her mother, two sisters and a brother.

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Longtime Portland attorney Jerome S. Bischoff died Aug. 23, 2002, of causes related to age. He was 92. He was born in 1920 in New York City and moved to Oregon as a child, where he attended the Portland schools. He helped finance his higher education by playing in a band on a cruise ship. He graduated from Reed College in 1931 and Harvard Law School in 1934.

Bischoff practiced law with his father for many years. In 1968 he joined the firm now known as Martin, Bischoff, Templeton, Langslet and Hoffman. He maintained a general office practice which emphasized tax, estate planning and probate and timber transactions. He was a voracious reader and a lifelong student of world affairs, economics and politics. Although retired from the active practice of law at the time of his death, he remained keenly interested in the affairs of the law firm which bears his name and in the cases being handled by the office. He is remembered there for his genuine love of the law and his creative approach to legal problems.

His wife Barbara died in 2000; he is survived by a daughter, a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

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Former Yamhill County Circuit Judge Henry Wilson (Harry) Devlin died Nov. 13, 2002 at age 85. He was born and raised in Trenton, N.J. In 1938 he went to work for the FBI and was trained to read Japanese codes transmitted on short-wave radio. He joined the Army Air Forces in 1942 and trained as a pilot. He served in the European theater and attained the rank of second lieutenant. He married Patricia Ann Donnelly in 1944 in Florida. After the war the Devlins returned to Portland where Harry worked for the FBI before attending law school. He graduated in 1950 from the Northwestern School of Law.

Devlin practiced law in McMinnville. For five years he was deputy district attorney for Yamhill County and then practiced in the Knott, Cummins & Devlin firm. From 1977-1989 he served as Yamhill County Circuit Judge until his retirement. (Gov. Bob Sraub appointed him to the position in 1977.) Devlin retired in 1997, when Alzheimer’s disease forced a move to Beaverton.

He is survived by three of his four sons, three daughters and 13 grandchildren.

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John G. Struve of Pendleton passed away Nov. 30, 2002 of undetermined natural causes. He was a Willamette University School of Law graduate and an attorney in private practice. He was born in Pendleton June 30, 1941. He never married.

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Other notices: The Bulletin has received notices of the deaths of the OSB members below. Full obituaries will appear in the April 2003 issue.

Paul Hybertsen, 81, Eugene.

Lynn Beth Witte, 52, Los Angeles, Calif.

Lucy Schafer, 76, Coral Gables, Fla.

Ernest Lundeen, 81, Eugene.

Louis Bonney, 82, Salem.

Rebecca 'Becky' Bloom, 51, Pendleton.


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