Oregon State Bar Bulletin — JULY 2007
In Memoriam

Robert R. "Chess" Trethewy, a respected fixture in the workers’ compensation arena for the past 20 years, died April 2, 2007, at his home in Keizer. He was 54.

Trethewy was born May 30, 1952, in Salamanca, N.Y. He moved to Phoenix as a child and graduated from the University of Arizona with high distinction. After completing service as an officer with the U.S. Marine Corps, he received a law degree at Willamette University in 1982. He was a senior partner in the law firm of Garrett, Hemann, Robertson, Jennings, Comstock & Trethewy.

Service to the Oregon State Bar and other institutions was important to him. He chaired the Workers’ Compensation Section of the OSB, and co-authored chapters in the OSB’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Manual. In 2005, he received the section’s highest honor, the Daughtry Award of Merit, recognizing his commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, integrity and willing adherence to the highest ethical standards.

Trethewy was known for his great love of family, his devout faith and service to his church and community. He touched and enriched many lives with friendship and wise counsel. He had a contagious enthusiasm for life, a compulsive sense of responsibility and a passion for jazz music and baseball. Law partner John Hemann recalls fond memories of philosophical ("and not-so-philosophical") debates in "Literary Guild," and trips to the OSAA basketball tournament, which were his brainchild.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda, and their children, his mother, four sisters and two brothers.

 

Retired Portland attorney Mildred Jean Carmack died of cancer in Ukiah, Calif., on June 7, 2007, at age 68.

Mildred Jean Brown was born in Folsom, Calif., on Sept. 3, 1938. She graduated from Ukiah High School and attended Linfield College. While studying at Linfield, she met and married Allan Carmack. The couple moved to Eugene, where she worked for a title company and where their daughter, Kerry, was born in 1965. She entered law school and, in 1969, earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Brown clerked for Supreme Court Justice William MacAllister for several years, then returned to Eugene and joined the Oregon Law School faculty. Three years later, she moved back to Salem as staff attorney to the Oregon Supreme Court. In 1980, she joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland, where she became a general partner. Her practice emphasized civil appellate litigation, and she argued many and varied appellate cases before the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Retirement in 1996 enabled her to pursue eclectic interests that included taking two courses each term at Portland State University and spending time with her friends and her granddaughters. She returned to Ukiah in 2001 to enjoy the small-town life with her mother and brother and became active in the local literacy for adults program, knitted blankets for newborn babies and participated in local play-reading groups. Her many friends and former colleagues remember her as an individual with the gift of a brilliant mind, a compassionate spirit and a lifelong thirst for knowledge in a wide range of domains.

As an attorney, she prevailed by force of intellect because she earned and received the respect of the judges before whom, and the lawyers against whom, she appeared; she was quietly successful because of who and what she was in a world too often dominated by contention and posturing.

She is survived by her daughter, two granddaughters, her mother, a sister and a brother.

 

Canyon City lawyer Grace K. Williams, the first woman ever elected to serve as a district attorney in Oregon, died June 22, 2007, in John Day. She was 90.

Williams was born on Jan. 9, 1917 in Portland. She married David Rementeria after law school in 1943. He was killed in England in 1944 while serving as a bombardier in WWII. She moved to Canyon City as a law partner with Roy Kilpatrick. In 1947, she married Larry Williams where they raised purebred Hereford cattle on the family ranch until his death in 1969.

Williams (Kingsley then) graduated from Grant High School in Portland in 1935, the University of Oregon in 1939, Northwestern School of Law in 1942 and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar the same year. In 1959, she was the first woman elected as district attorney in the state of Oregon, serving for the next 20 years as Grant County district attorney. She was appointed to the Oregon Fair Dismissal Appeals Board and served for 10 years. In 1997, she was a member of the National Silver Haired Congress. She served on the Governor’s Commission for Senior Services for five years and served until her death on the Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman Commission. She helped establish and served on the Oregon Judicial Department’s Citizen Review Board, receiving the Region III Volunteer of the Year Award in 1998. In 1998, she also received the President’s Public Service Award from the Oregon State Bar, and in 1999, she was awarded the highest honor by the Oregon State Bar, the Award of Merit.Williams was a member of the Prairie Baptist Church, Rebecca Lodge, Eastern Star, Grant County Historical Society and the Grant County Museum Board. She was a proud long-time Republican precinct committeeperson. She enjoyed collecting art glass and helping others.

Williams is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a companion, Merle Brown of Canyon City.

 

Hal Hart lived every day of his life by the "Success Poem" in the frame on his desk. Although born in Juneau, Alaska and passing on while vacationing on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Hart spent nearly all of his life in Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1947, University of Oregon in 1952 and Northwestern School of Law in 1956. He was a proud member of the Oregon State Bar for more than 50 years. Highlights of his legal career include clerking for Judge Gus Solomon, serving as Multnomah County deputy district attorney, teaching at Portland Community College and privately practicing juvenile and family law.

Hart was a man of infectious enthusiasm and optimism, who laughed often and loved much. He was passionate about his family, all kids, the law, music and softball. He loved corny jokes, Charlie Brown, The Blues Brothers, Brylcreem, angels, sugar and dining at Joe’s Cellar. He earned the respect of intelligent persons and the approbation of honest citizens. Among the many community awards and accolades he received are the Oregon State Bar’s President’s Public Service Award and Award of Merit, Aubrey Watzek award from Lewis & Clark College, American Red Cross Community Education Award, Oregon Law Related Education Program’s Legal Citizen of the Year, Oregon Education Association’s Education Citizen of the Year, Girl Scouts Thanks Badge and Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Hart appreciated beauty and married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Sally Colwell, in 1951. Since 1947, Sally has carried in her wallet a poem he wrote while courting her.

Hal Hart earned the affection of children and found the best in others. He believed in the potential of all kids. He responded to phone calls from those in trouble at all hours of the day and night. He encouraged kids to be the best they could be and taught them that whatever had befallen them, they had a choice as to how to live the rest of their lives. In return for his assistance, he asked only that those he helped give back to their community. Hart gave of himself and left the world a bit better. He served on many boards and advisory committees, some of which include Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Aid Society of Oregon, Oregon Lawyers for Children, OHSU Institutional Review Board and Devers Eye Institute Discoveries in Sight Steering Committee. He is best known for his service to Lincoln High School where the school’s highest volunteer service award bears his name. For 13 years he and his "adopted sons," Chris Hardman, Chuck Sparks and Dave Bailey, coached the Lincoln High’s Constitution team, racking up 13 consecutive state championships, three national championships and eight top 10 finishes. One of the highlights of his life was a presentation by members of one of Lincoln’s national championship teams before the U.S. Senate and Supreme Court and a subsequent invitation to attend the Court’s proceedings as honored guests. He played and laughed with enthusiasm and sang with exultation. A member of Local No. 99 Musician’s Union since he was 14, Hart supported himself through high school, college and law school with his first loves – his clarinet and saxophone. Throughout his life he played in burlesque halls, jazz combos, dance clubs and ballrooms. For 45 years he was a member of The Providence Stage Band, which performs the "big band" music of the 1930s and 40s at summer concerts in the parks, the Festival of Trees, and community events. He made good on his pledge to play until he dropped; he was serenading Sally on the sax with their song, "Embraceable You," and delighting audiences with his vocals of "Mack the Knife" just weeks before his passing. He was a member of The Geezers, a group of notable jazz musicians (including long-time friend and Providence Stage Band leader, Larry Morrell) that meets the first Thursday of every month for lunch.

All of whom Hart touched have breathed easier because he lived. He taught by example the importance of giving back and performing our civic duty and that "it is never too late to have a happy childhood." Of all his accomplishments, his proudest achievement was his family. He rooted for his grandchildren at countless soccer games, high school plays and music and dance recitals. He taught four of his grandchildren to play the clarinet and performed at least once for every grandchild’s "show and tell." He is survived by his beloved wife, Sally; five daughters and their husbands, 11 grandchildren and a brother and sister.


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