Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2005

In Memoriam

Harry Stewart Chandler died April 2, 2005 at his home in Boise County, Idaho. He was 66.

Chandler was born in Oakland, Calif. in 1938 He graduated from Berkeley High School and went on to the University of California at Davis, where he graduated with a degree in animal husbandry in 1961. After completing a military tour in Germany, he entered Cornell University and continued his animal husbandry studies and earned an M.S. degree in 1966. He always dreamed of being a rancher, but after graduating from Cornell, he succumbed to family tradition and entered law school. He distinguished himself as a law student and served as managing editor of the Cornell Law Review. When he graduated in 1969, he became the third-generation of Chandlers to enter the legal profession.

Chandler’s love of the West took him home again, and a short detour to visit a friend in Oregon led him to accept a summer clerkship in Portland at the firm now known as Stoel Rives. He was at home at Stoel Rives, and the firm became the only place he ever worked as a lawyer. He attained partnership, mentored many lawyers during his more than 35-year career at Stoel Rives, and was deeply esteemed by his colleagues in the firm and throughout the legal profession. With an expertise in employment law, he was a member of the Employee Relations Special Expertise Panel for the Society of Human Resources Management, the American Employment Law Council, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a member of the ABA, the OSB and the Idaho State Bar.

He was passionate about his work with the United Way, and among his many civic and leadership activities, he was a past board member of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, past president and director of Albertina Kerr Centers for Children, past director and chair of the Tri-County Affirmative Action Association, and past chair of the OSB Labor and Employment Section.

In 1997, he married the former Beth Crossland Kluth, and together they moved to Idaho in 1999. Chandler is survived by his wife, Beth, six children and one grandson.

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Retired Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Kurt Rossman died on April 7, 2005, surrounded by loving family. He was 72.

Rossman was born in Portland in 1932 and was a graduate of Grant High School. He did baccalaureate studies at Portland State University and the University of Oregon. Rossman earned his juris doctorate degree from Northwestern College of Law in Portland.

Rossman enjoyed a life of public service, which included a judicial career that spanned over 30 years. He began his legal career in 1964 when he was elected district court judge for Yamhill County at the age of 31. Gov. Mark Hatfield later appointed him to the circuit court bench for Yamhill County in 1966, where he served until 1982. Gov. Vic Atiyeh appointed him to the Court of Appeals in March 1982, and he was elected to the position the same year and re-elected in 1988. He retired in 1995 and continued to work for the appellate court as a senior judge through his early retirement years.

Rossman’s outgoing personality and charisma were why many colleagues and associates called him "the people’s judge". During his judicial career he served as chair of the Judicial Conference’s probate judges section and as presiding judge of the 12th Judicial District. He was also appointed by Gov. Atiyeh to serve on the State Community Corrections Advisory Board.

Rossman’s community involvement reflected his compassion for people; he served as chairman of the district Boy Scouts, Law Explorer Scouts and Citizens for Better Schools. He was president of the McMinnville Rotary Club and was named McMinnville Junior First Citizen.

He was a crusading collector of nearly all kinds of nostalgic early Americana, including art, comics, movie memorabilia, books, stamps, coins and any other artifact that piqued his interest. He loved the Oregon coast and relished competitive games and sports of all kinds.

Earlier this year, Rossman celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Virginia. Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Keizer; five children, including OSB member Matthew Rossman; one sister and10 grandchildren.

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Dennis F. Tripp died April 11, 2005, from cancer at the age of 52.

Tripp was born and raised in Portland. The 1970 David Douglas High School graduate attended Mount Hood Community College for one year before completing his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University. He then earned his J.D. at Southwestern University in Los Angeles.

Tripp is described as having enjoyed life to the fullest, and he especially enjoyed practicing law. He had a gift for fixing problems and formed lasting friendships with countless clients as a result. He was a dedicated family man who loved vacationing with his wife and three children to various spots around the Northwest, a favorite being Victoria, B.C. He loved fine food, fine wine, fine art, oldies music, golf, reading, family and good friends. He was also a terrific storyteller and conversationalist.

Tripp is survived by his wife, Donna, three children and his mother, all of whom live in Gresham.

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Janis Hardman, 58, died April 17, 2005.

Hardman was born in Salem and moved to Portland as a child. She was a graduate of Milwaukie High School, Portland State University and Lewis & Clark Law School. Since 1999, she fought a courageous and fierce battle with breast cancer, which metastasized to her liver and spleen, all the while maintaining her law practice.

Her career path was varied before heading to law school. She worked as: a successful buyer for Meier & Frank; a senior territory manager and trainer for Hollister; a sales representative for a design firm and an account manager for Pacific Bell. In 1988 she returned to Portland from California, entered law school and in 1991 graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School. She was admitted to the OSB and ventured into her final and most fulfilling career. She worked for the Law Offices of Ivan Karmel until she established her solo family law practice. She loved helping her clients find a way to resolve difficult personal matters. Hardman was one of the early practitioners of collaborative law, in which lawyers work together with their clients to achieve an outcome that is in the best interests of the parties without creating further trauma for the families involved.

Hardman was a long-time member of Oregon Women Lawyers, serving on its board from 1996 to 2000, and she was a valuable contributor to the organization’s Roberts-Deiz Dinner Committee for several years.

For many new women lawyers, she was a beloved guide and mentor. She provided a much-needed sense of balance and compassion to a field of law in which the litigation can sometimes become more destructive than constructive. Because of her willingness to help young (and not so young) lawyers in need of advice, and her compassion towards her clients and opponents, her influence lives on.

Hardman was vice chair of the families advisory committee to Portland Habilitation Center, and served on its board for several years.

Survivors include her mother, Margaret, two brothers and a sister.

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Judge William J. Keys, who retired from the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench in 2001, died of a heart attack April 27, 2005. He was 61 at the time and in Palm Springs, Calif., where he lived for part of the year.

Keys was born in 1943 in Victoria, B.C. The family, which included 10 children, moved to the United States in the early 1950s. Keys graduated from Gonzaga University and the Willamette University School of Law. He worked as an assistant district attorney in Multnomah County and later had a private law practice. In 1983, he was appointed to the district court in Multnomah County. He served as circuit court judge there from 1996 until he retired in 2001. He presided over a number of complex cases, including the Naito family litigation. He also presided over the 1999 civil lawsuit involving Louisiana Pacific Corp and its insurance carriers over who would pay to replace defective house siding.

Keys helped create the Police Activities League of Greater Portland in 1989 to bring together youth, police officers and community volunteers for recreational and educational activities. He helped recruit members for its governing board and provided seed money for an endowment fund, which has grown to $100,000 for the organization.

An article in the April 30, 2005 Oregonian quoted long-time friend and Judge Marshall L. Amiton, as saying Keys was "a big man with a big personality who was willing to take on big legal issues." He was also remembered fondly as a good teacher to many and someone who loved to laugh and have a good time.

Keys is survived by his wife, Nora; two sons, a daughter; and three grandchildren.

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Barry Marks of Portland died May 1, 2005 from colon cancer. He was 58.

Marks was born in Havre, Mont., in 1946. He grew up in Steilacoom, Wash. and then attended Harvard College, graduating in 1969. He received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975, and began practice later that year in Portland.

Marks practiced at Miller, Nash, Hager, Wiener and Carlson for many years, and he became a partner specializing in health care law. He later continued his health care practice as a sole practitioner.

Marks loved the outdoors and especially white water rafting. He rafted the major rivers of the Northwest, Alaska and the Grand Canyon. He was also an avid fisherman and always enjoyed being on a river.

Marks is survived by his wife of 36 years, JoAnn, two children, a brother and his father.

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John D. Picco died May 15, 2005.

Picco was the first son of Italian immigrants, born in 1912, in the small coal-mining town of Dalzell, Ill. He excelled at sports, academics and civic activities and became the first person in his hometown to attend college. He earned a scholarship to University of Illinois, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1934, and law degree in 1936. He graduated eighth in his law class at Illinois, Phi Beta Kappa, and received his masters law degree (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School in 1937.

Following graduation he served as law clerk to Judge Otto Kerner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (1938-40). With war imminent, he joined the Army, where he was initially assigned to the U.S. Cavalry. On outbreak of war, he was assigned to the European Theater with the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers. He served at rank of major in England, Belgium, France and Germany. He continued in Army Reserve in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for 20 years, retiring a full colonel.

In 1950, following several years in general law and federal tax practice in Illinois, he moved to Portland to serve as tax attorney in the chief counsel’s office of the Internal Revenue Service. He became head of Oregon District Office in 1958, as assistant regional/district counsel. He retired in 1981.

Picco worked at McClasky, Horenstein & Wynne from 1982 to 1984. In 1984 he joined Black Helterline, serving as of counsel, until his retirement in 1996. He served as president of the Oregon chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 1965 and 1980.

Picco was patriarch of an extended Italian-American family, which included his mother and sister, who never lived farther than a few blocks away. He was a resident of east Multnomah County for 50 years and a lifelong supporter of David Douglas sports. His civic involvement included service on the board of education, Mount Hood Community College, as well as the board of directors of Woodland Park Hospital. He was adjunct faculty at Lewis and Clark Law School teaching federal tax procedure.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; four sons, a daughter and and five grandsons. 

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Vernon L. Burda passed away on June 8, 2005, at his home in Wilsonville at the age of 83. He was born in 1922, in Dickinson, N.D. He was a navigator on a B-24 bomber in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was shot down twice and was a prisoner of war in Stalug Luft III for 10 months. Afterwards, Burda met the love of his life at Denver University and married Paulina Mae Kingsley in 1946. They moved to Salem, where he attended Willamette University and earned his law degree. He practiced law all over Oregon and served as the district attorney for Crook County for a time. He moved to Wilsonville in 1970. After 57 years of practicing law, he retired in 2004 after. He was a successful entrepreneur creating a variety of business enterprises, not only for himself, but encouraging others to do so as well. Nothing was impossible to Burda. His generosity, humor and compassion touched everyone he met. He made the world a better place, and was someone who walked with a skip in his step, a smile on his face and a light in his eyes.

He is survived by his wife, Paulina; two daughters and two sons; three brothers and two sisters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


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