Ray D. Robinett died May 9, 2003. The former Washington County district attorney was born in Hermiston in 1922 and lived in the Portland metropolitan area for most of his life. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and served as an LST coxswain in the U.S. Navy in both Europe and the Pacific theaters during World War II. He graduated from the Northwestern School of Law in 1955 and went to work as a deputy city attorney for the City of Portland until 1958, when he opened his own Portland law practice.
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Eugene Dodson Farley died April 27, 2003. He was born in 1910 in Oshkosh, Wis. He earned his A.B. in chemistry, physics and mathematics at the Wisconsin State University at Oshkosh, and in 1933, his M.S. in organic chemistry and bacteriology at the University of Illinois. He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and moved to California in 1935, where he worked for Shell Oil as a senior chemist. Starting in 1937, he taught chemistry at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. (where his pupils included Donald Kram, Nobel laureate, and Sarah Reves Dean, his star pupil and wife of 63 years).
He worked in Standard Oil’s patent office in New Jersey, attended law school at Fordham University in New York City, and earned his J.D. in 1943. Eventually in 1944, he moved to Portland to open a private patent and trademark law practice. He and his wife lived in Portland for 59 years.
Fishing – all his life, up and down the east and west coasts – was a passion of Farley’s. His succession of cruiser boats were all named Pat Pending. From 1958-74, he had the distinction of never failing to catch a fish, even in rough water. Travel was another top priority, which he did globally, and by ship whenever possible. The lifelong boater toured the canals of England and Holland, sailed the Nile River in Egypt and traveled (in his late 70s) in a dugout canoe 1,200 miles down the Amazon. He wrote a collection of essays called 'Boating Bits and Snatches.' He once said, 'The trouble with ordinary people like you and me is that we can interest ourselves in many things.' This he certainly did.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah, a daughter, three sons, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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Long-time partner at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky Oglesby H. Young died May 18, 2003 at the age of 82. The Portland native served in World War II as a combat infantry officer and was awarded two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Star Medals for valor in the Italian campaign. After seven months in hospitals for treatment of combat injuries, he entered the University of Oregon law school with the first freshman class of World War II veterans. He received his law degree in 1949 and joined the firm of Keorner, Young, Swett & McCollock the same year. He became a partner in 1954, served as managing partner for six years and stayed with the firm now known as Lane Powell Spears Lubersky for more than 53 years.
Young served on many state bar committees and for five years chaired the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. He was one of the leaders in establishing the Client Security Fund and served as the first chair of that bar committee. Because of his past service on the bar’s 'conscience committees,' he was designated chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee to establish the IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) Program in Oregon.
He also served as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law for eight years, two as chairman, in addition to service on several other ABA committees. In addition, he served the U.O. law school in many capacities throughout the years, helping to found its alumni association, serving on its board of visitors and helping to form the schools development fund.
His work as a young lawyer focused on defending railroads and utility companies. He moved to the public utility section of the firm and served as the Northwest general solicitor for Southern Pacific Railroad for more than 25 years. He became national vice-president of the Interstate Commerce Commission Practitioners’ Organization.
Young was a member of the Oregon Commission on Uniform State Laws, chairing it for 10 years. He also served on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws as a member of the executive committee and national treasurer. He was the legislative regional chairman for the six far Western states, responsible for enactment in those six states of all uniform laws promulgated by the conference. Examples: revisions to the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Adoption Act and the Revised Uniform Partnership Act.
His answer to why he devoted so much time to such bar service: 'As a lawyer you have to repay the profession for the opportunities given to you.' Young is survived by his wife, Doris, a son and two daughters.
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John Kenneth Kaseberg died at the age of 95 on May 18, 2003. His grandfather had brought the family west by covered wagon to homestead in Eastern Oregon, where Kaseberg was then born in Wasco. As a child he moved to Portland and graduated from Jefferson High School and then from Stanford University as an undergraduate 'with distinction.' He passed the Oregon bar exam in 1929 when he took it 'for practice' with his older friends – and then earned his law degree in 1930 from Stanford, along with the Order of the Coif. Also in 1930, he married his high school sweetheart, Marie Palo, and they remained happily married for 71 years until her death in 2001. He is survived by their daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
For much of his career, Kaseberg was an attorney for the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Department of the Interior. He was a lead negotiator of the Northwest Power Bill. He consulted for many years after his retirement as well.
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Patrick Long Kittredge died May 19, 2003, of natural causes in Missoula, Mont., at the age of 67. He grew up on the MC Ranch in Lake County, a 'horseback kid' who graduated with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He practiced in Klamath Falls for many years before moving to Boise, Idaho. In the summer of 2001 he moved to Montana to be near family.
He is survived by one son, a sister, a brother and grandchildren.
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Eugene criminal defense lawyer Michael Ford died May 20, 2003, while playing tennis on May 20, 2003. He was 51. Originally from San Mateo, Calif., Ford moved to Eugene in 1974 and played guitar for four years at Momma’s Home Fried Truck Stop before attending Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. He earned his law degree at the University of Oregon in 1983.
Ford was a partner in the Eugene firm of Gardner, Honsowetz, Potter, Budge & Ford. His law practice focused on murder cases. He was one of only 18 attorneys statewide who qualified for a private contract with the state of Oregon to represent defendants in capital murder cases.
His friends admired his ability to balance a vigorous and intense legal practice with a healthy and active private life as a gardener, international traveler, musician and aspiring fiction writer. According to Ross Shepard, director of the Public Defender Service of Lane County, 'He was a hero. He took the most difficult criminal cases. He was someone the courts could trust, the district attorneys and the state could trust. The defense bar just admired him.'
One of his more notorious clients was Girley Crum, who murdered five people in Coos County. At Ford’s urging, the jury spared his life in 1997. Lane County deputy district attorney Bill Warnisher noted his dedication and the heavy burden and big responsibility of Ford’s cases.
Ford is survived by his wife, Betsy Bodine, his mother, three brothers and a sister.
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Medford attorney Paul W. Haviland died May 25, 2003. He was 89. He was born in Portland and graduated from Washington High School before attending the Northwestern School of Law. He lived in Portland until 1940, when he left to serve as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Chicago and then Wilmington, Del.. He was superintendent of the Delaware State Police from 1944-47. He returned to Oregon to become a Jackson County deputy district attorney and later served as that county's district attorney as well. In 1952 he opened a private law practice with offices in Medford and Brookings, practicing law throughout southern Oregon until his retirement in 1987. He was a past president of the Jackson County and Southern Oregon Bar associations.
Haviland's wife of 62 years, the former Ruth Sullivan, died in 2000. He is survived by his daughter, a brother, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Portland attorney David P. Templeton died July 2, 2003 at the age of 80. Templeton was born and raised in Montana. While growing up, he and his family loved exploring the outdoors and fly-fishing, activities that he continued to enjoy the rest of his life. Dave was a freshman at the University of Montana at the beginning of World War I He enlisted in the Army. He served in the 95th Infantry Division and was injured in battle on the border of France and Germany near the city of Metz. After a lengthy convalescence overseas, he returned to the United States and enrolled at Harvard. He obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees there, and then moved to Portland to start practicing law. By 1958, he joined the law firm now known as Martin, Bischoff, Templeton, Langslet & Hoffman, where he practiced until his retirement in the early 1990s. He specialized in civil litigation and served on many professional committees throughout his career.
Templeton married his first wife, Helen, shortly after moving to Portland. They raised two boys, and the family spent many summer vacations in Central Oregon fly-fishing, hiking and exploring. Helen died in 1988, and Templeton later married Lynn Smith. They enjoyed vacationing with their families in Central Oregon and traveling the world. Lynn died in 2001.
To those that worked with him, Templeton was a lawyer who truly loved the law, worked hard for his clients and his firm, and was fair and gracious. To his family and friends, he was kind and gentle, with a dry wit that he used deftly.
Templeton is survived by his two sons, Payne and Don, both lawyers.
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Other notices: The Bulletin is also aware of the deaths of other members listed below. More complete memorial notices will appear in upcoming issues as space permits: Hon. George M. Joseph (June 23, 2003); and Darrell E. Bewley (July 28, 2003).