Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2002

In Memoriam

Francis E. Harrington, a longtime Portland lawyer and author of Oregon's 1971 no-fault divorce law, died Jan. 22, 2002. He was 91.

Harrington was born Sept. 28, 1910 in Boston, where he was raised and attended schools. He graduated with a law degree in 1935 from Boston College. He was a staff lawyer for Social Security Administration from 1935 to 1941, traveling the East Coast, speaking on radio and giving speeches to familiarize Americans with the then-new agency. He also was an investigator for the federal Office of Price Administration from 1941 to 1946.

In 1947 he moved to Portland and had a private practice emphasizing probate, family law and estate planning, a practice he maintained until his death. In 1971, the legislature overhauled the state's divorce statutes and approved Harrington's proposal, which had been modeled on California's pioneering no-fault law.
Harrington taught classes at Lewis & Clark Law School and business law at the University of Portland. He served on the board of directors of the Multnomah Law Library for 40 years, the last decade as president.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary, and three daughters and three sons.

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Allan Hart, a longtime Portland business lawyer known for his advocacy of equality opportunities and civil liberties, died Feb. 2, 2002. He was 92.

Born Charles Allan Hart Jr. on Oct. 7, 1909 in St. Paul, Minn., he grew up in Portland, where his father, Charles Sr., was a leading partner in the firm that became known as Stoel Rives. He graduated from Yale University Law School in 1934 and served on the Yale faculty for a year afterward. He then joined the U.S. Attorney's office for two years as an assistant and then in the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division in Washington, D.C. for one year. In 1939, he joined the Bonneville Power Administration's legal staff, later becoming general counsel. During this time, Hart and others were credited with building the BPA's system for sharing and selling electricity, a relatively new idea then that is now considered a standard practice.

During World War II, Hart served in the U.S. Army in Asia, reaching the rank of captain. After the war, he worked in private practice for leading Portland firms and in 1968 joined what is now Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler. He was a leading partner in the firm, with a practice serving business and energy clients, until retirement in 1984.

During his career, Hart had an abiding interest in civil liberties. As early as 1938, Hart helped draft a report for the National Lawyers Guild critical of the Portland police's 'Red Squad,' which investigated suspected communists. In 1949 he and others successfully challenged the constitutionality of a state law that prevented persons of Japanese ancestry from owning land in Oregon. In 1955 he was instrumental in the creation of the Oregon chapter of the ACLU. He also served on many other groups, including the Portland City Club and the state Board of Higher Education.

His wife of 57 years, Ruth, died last November. Survivors include two daughters.

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Retired Lincoln County Judge Albert 'Al' McMullen died Feb. 2, 2002. He was 76.
McMullen was born in Portland on March 16, 1925 and was raised in Lincoln County. During World War II he served in the Navy, and afterwards attended Willamette University, where he received his bachelor's degree in1950 and a J.D. in 1952. He plunged immediately into government law and made it his life career. He began as a deputy district attorney in Lincoln County, and in 1953 the governor appointed him to fill a vacancy as district attorney, a position he held for 17 years. In 1970 he was elected to a the district court, and in 1976 he was elected to the circuit court bench. He was a former president of the Oregon State District Court Judges' Association, served as pro tem judge in courts throughout Oregon and was instrumental in the writing of the state's juvenile code. He retired as a senior judge in 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Beth, two sons and one daughter.

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Donald H. Turner, a Willamette University law professor for 30 years, died Feb. 15, 2002 at the age of 70.

Turner was born Dec. 30, 1931. After graduating from Willamette University School of Law in 1959, he served as a district attorney in Wasco County for 10 years, and was president of the Oregon District Attorneys' Association in 1966. In 1971 he came to Willamette to teach criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and scientific proof, teaching classes and coaching moot court teams until his death. He was a Marion County juvenile referee from 1988 to 1992 and in his spare time directed OMSI chess tournaments. He was also a 50-year patron of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

His wife of 34 years, Barbara, died in 1989. Survivors include four sons.

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The Bulletin has also received notices of the deaths of these OSB members. More complete articles will appear in the next issue:

Alfred A. Hampson, Portland attorney and defender of Oregon's environment, died Feb. 18, 2002 at age 81.

John D. Nichols, former vice president and corporate counsel to First Interstate Bank, died March 21, 2002 at age 82.

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