Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2003

In Memoriam

Retired Salem attorney Donald J. Howe died March 21, 2003, at the age of 82. He had been in relatively good health until falling and breaking his hip a few days before his death.

Howe was born in 1920 in Darlington, Wis. The University of Wisconsin undergraduate also received his law degree there in 1947. He served as a bombardier during World War II, flying 38 missions altogether, including two on D-Day. Howe practiced law in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Early in his career he served as district attorney of Door County, Wis. In 1959, he moved with his family to Salem, where he worked for the state in a variety of capacities, retiring in 1985 as an Oregon assistant attorney general. In 1977 he moved to Beaverton to be closer to his daughters.

Passionate about alpine skiing, Howe also enjoyed photography, playing his flute, reading, watching TV and the company of his family. Two daughters, two sons (including Portland attorney Jay Howe) and nine grandchildren survive him; his wife, Margaret, and another son predeceased him.

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Joseph Edward Buley died March 24, 2003. He was 76. He was born in Wenatchee, Wash. During World War II he served in the merchant marine. He attended the University of Montana, earning a bachelor’s degree and then a law degree in 1951. In 1959 he moved to Lake Oswego and worked as a land condemnation attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s office until 1980.

Survivors include a son, two daughters and seven grandchildren. His wife, the former Jo Ann Judd, died in 1996.

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Robert Everett Perrin of Portland died April 1, 2003, 10 days shy of his 78th birthday. He was born in 1925 in Dallas, Texas. The family moved to Portland where he attended Washington and Franklin High Schools. He attended the University of Oregon for one year before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He served as a B-17 pilot stationed in England, flying bombing missions over Germany until the war ended. Later, his squadron ferried concentration camp survivors from Linz, Austria, to hospitals in France for medical care, an experience he never forgot. He left the military with the rank of major and re-entered U.O.. He received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law and practiced until his retirement in 1986.

The handball player and avid skier loved classic literature and had a great sense of humor. He is survived by his son and former wife, Patti Perrin.

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W. Dean Fitzwater died April 7, 2003 at age 68. The graduate of Portland’s Washington High School and 1958 graduate of the Northwestern School of Law practiced in Portland and Clackamas. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patsy, and their two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren.

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Bruce Kimball Black died April 12, 2003, while jogging, at the age of 57. He was born in Fort Lewis, Wash., in 1945 and grew up in Salem. The South Salem High School graduate received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1968 and his law degree from the University of Oregon Law School in 1971. He married Ruth Eleanor DeLong in 1972.

For the last 25 years, Black had worked for the state of Oregon, first as a hearings officer with the Employment Department, and later as an administrative law judge for the Workers’ Compensation Board. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and hunting in eastern Oregon and riding horses on the family farm. He also loved history, science and the written word, all of which he pursued with a passion. Survivors include his mother, wife, and son.

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Clatskanie attorney Paul J. Jolma died April 21, 2003, at the age of 83. Born in 1919, he grew up working in logging camps during the summers. He attended Pacific University for two years, the University of Oregon for one year, and the University of Oregon Law School for a year and a half before World War II. For three and one-half years he served in the U.S. Army and attended the Army Specialized Training Program at the University of Iowa, studying German. He was a medic in the 44th Infantry Division, serving in Europe from September 1944-June 1945.

He finished law school in 1947 and became anattorney in Clatskanie, where he stayed until his retirement in 1982. He and his wife Kerttu (Peipi) Ojala lived on a farm at Mayger, Ore., from 1950-90, when they moved back to Clatskanie.

Jolma is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

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Other notices: The Bulletin has also been notified of the deaths of the members listed below. Complete memorial notices will appear in the next issue: Ray D. Robinett (May 9, 2003), Eugene Dodson Farley (April 27, 2003), Oglesby H. Young (May 18, 2003), J. Kenneth Kaseberg (May 18, 2003), Patrick L. Kittredge (May 19, 2003), Michael E. Ford (May 20, 2003), Paul W. Haviland (May 25, 2003), and Hon. George M. Joseph (June 23, 2003). Note: A memorial service will be held for Judge Joseph on July 23, 2003, at 1 p.m., at Reed College Chapel, Elliott Hall, in southeast Portland. All are welcome.


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