Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2003

In Memoriam

Fifty-year OSB member Paul Hybertsen died Nov. 19, 2002 of a heart attack. He was 81.

He had been honored for his half-century membership in the OSB one month earlier in Eugene, along with the other members of the bar’s Class of ’52. In preparation for the awards luncheon, he wrote that he was retired from law practice and enjoyed golfing and managing his investments.

He had a distinguished military career that began in 1940 as a private in the 41st Infantry Division, serving in the southwest Pacific. He left his division in New Guinea to attend OCS in Australia in 1943. After more than four years overseas (and several medals, including a combat infantry badge), he separated as a captain.

Hybertsen received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law, graduating first in his class. Three years later, in 1955, he married Merlyn A. Talney, sister of OSB member Ron Talney; Merlyn died in 1999.

Hybertsen established a law office in downtown Portland in 1953 and practiced until his retirement in 1986. He served as chair of the OSB’s Civil Rights Committee and was a member of the Multnomah Bar Association, the ABA and the American Judicature Society.

Survivors include a son and a daughter.

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Lynn Beth Witte was born May 16, 1949. She died in early December 2002 of natural causes, apparently related to diabetes.

Witte worked full time as a legal secretary while attending law school at night, obtaining her J.D. in 1979 from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. She practiced in the Portland area for 10 years before moving to Los Angeles to build an ERISA practice. She worked with the Seyfarth Shaw firm in Los Angeles. In her 12 years there, she more than met her goal. She was well known in the Los Angeles benefits community, was a frequent CLE speaker and was chair of the Taxation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association at the time of her death.

She was especially well known for her humor, her own particular brand of 'Witte-cisms.' According to fellow L.A. lawyer and friend Bruce Baldwin, she '…understood that a benefits practice requires balancing a sometimes fine distinction between the client’s needs and a regulatory-mandated result. In life, and in practice, she accomplished that goal with style, personality and meaning…'

Witte enjoyed her career and friendships in Los Angeles, but also missed Portland, retained her active membership in the Oregon State Bar, loved her friends here and had planned to retire at the Oregon coast.

She is survived by a sister and a brother.

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Lucy Schafer died Dec. 3, 2002, of cancer. She was 76 and an active member of the Oregon State Bar at the time of her death.

She was born in Coral Gables, Fla., in 1926, and later moved to California. She was a 1943 graduate of John Marshall High School in Los Angeles and worked in advertising for the Los Angeles Times before moving to Oregon in 1967. She received her law degree from UO Law School in 1973. She worked for the Lane County district attorney’s office and later established a private family law practice in Eugene.

Her first husband, Eldon Schafer, predeceased her in 1985. In 1993, she married Fred Kinsman in Eugene. Kinsman, a son, a sister and one grandchild survive her.

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Ernest Lundeen, who was a member of the Oregon State Bar for more than 50 years, died Dec. 9, 2002, of age-related causes. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1921. He attended Carleton College and graduated from the University of Minnesota and then Harvard Law School. He married Kathleen Stokey in 1948. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean conflict and was awarded a citation of honor for bravery in combat.

He practiced law in Eugene for nearly 50 years. He was active on the bar’s Client Security Fund Committee. Survivors include his wife, three daughters and three grandchildren.

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Louis S. Bonney died Jan. 12, 2003 at the age of 82. He was born Feb. 3, 1920 in Salem, where he lived for 70 years of his life. The Willamette University graduate attended Northwestern School of Law and then served as assistant attorney general for the state of Oregon for 30 years. His wife Joan, three sons and four grandchildren survive him.

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Rebecca J. (Becky) Bloom of Pendleton died Jan. 21, 2003 at age 51 in a motor vehicle accident. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Minn., where she was president of her high school class of 1970. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1974 before coming to Willamette University School of Law. She met her future husband, Steve Bloom, on the first day of law school and married him at the end of their second year of law school in June of 1976. They lived and worked in Corvallis before moving to Pendleton in 1978.

Her first job in Pendleton was to draft an economic analysis of eastern Oregon for East Central Oregon Association of Counties, an analysis that is still in use today. She then joined her husband at work in the district attorney’s office, working as a deputy district attorney until temporarily becoming a stay at-home mom. During her children’s early years she worked as a part-time prosecutor for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and as a pro-tem municipal judge for the City of Pendleton, in addition to conducting research projects for area lawyers. She then worked for Minnick-Hayner in Walla Walla.

She is survived by her husband, Steve, two sons, a daughter, her parents in Minnesota, brothers and many other relatives.

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Phillip Roth, Multnomah County’s longtime circuit court judge, bar leader, public servant and Republican party activist, died March 4, 2003 at age 83.

Roth retired from practice after many years of statewide service. From 1964 to 1994, he served as circuit court judge for Multnomah County. Additionally, he served as an Oregon State representative (1953), Portland deputy city attorney (1948-50) and Multnomah County deputy district attorney (1950-1952). He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. representative in 1956. During his years on the bench, from 1965 to 1995, fellow judges elected him to two terms as presiding judge. He presided over many memorable trials, including the civil case stemming from the 1978 crash of a United Airlines jet in northeast Portland. In 1974, he gained national attention while presiding over a complicated murder trial while injured and confined to a stretcher.

Roth served as member of the OSB Board of Governors and was past president of the Multnomah County Bar Association, chair of the ABA Trial Lawyers Conference from 1990 to 1991 and chair of the Oregon Republican Central Committee.

His memberships include Rotary Club, Delta Theta Phi, and the City Club of Portland. He received a B.A. from the University of Portland and an LL.B. and J.D. from Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law.

Survivors include two sons and two grandchildren.

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