Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2004

In Memoriam

Hugh Robert (Bob) McDonald of Tualatin died March 3, 2004. Born in Watertown, Mass. in 1926, he lied about his age to join the army during World War II. He led an elite paratroops demolition team as staff sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting at Boston University, where he also met and married B.U. graduate Mary Alice Laughrea. They moved to Portland in 1949.

In his early days in Portland, McDonald worked for Burroughs Business Machines, traveling extensively, selling early adding machines and setting up accounting systems for businesses and government. He obtained his CPA license in 1954 and worked as an accountant, then attended Northwestern School of Law at night while working full time. He joined the OSB in 1959. He served as Tualatin’s mayor in the early 1960s and later worked in Portland in private practice until shortly before his death. He was known for counseling friends and family in addition to his clients.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, a daughter and four sons.

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Eric A Heisel died March 18, 2004 of a fall at work. He was 57. Heisel was a former assistant attorney general and at the time of his death was legal counsel for the Department of Education in Guam. He graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1981 and practiced in Oregon until July 1985, when he moved to Guam to be a staff attorney for Guam Legal Services Corp. He served there from 1988 to 1992, when he became assistant attorney general. He also worked as an adjunct instructor at Guam Community College and the University of Maryland.

He was described by Guam’s attorney general Douglas Moylan as a 'gentle, caring and honorable man … very caring of his co-workers and very respectful.'

He is survived by his wife, Marilu.


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