Oregon State Bar Bulletin — MAY 2003

In Memoriam

Long time McMinnville attorney Willard Cushing died March 5, 2003 in Lake Oswego at the age of 82. He was born in Ord, Neb., where he lived through his high school years. After attending college at Creighton University and Kearney State College, Cushing served in World War II as a B-17 navigator for the Army Air Corps, flying from England as part of the 8th Air Force Division. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1946 and the evening division of the Northwestern College of Law in 1951. While attending law school, he worked for the First National Bank Trust Department.

He was a partner in the law firm of Marsh, Marsh, Dashney and Cushing in McMinnville from 1951-76 and a founding partner of Cushing, Johnston and Peterson until 1985. After his retirement, he served as an arbitrator and mediator and was a regular volunteer for Oregon Legal Services in Yamhill County from 1994-2001.

Active on numerous OSB committees throughout his career, Cushing served on the Board of Governors and was vice president in 1966-67. He had been president of the 12th Judicial District Bar Association (for Yamhill and Polk counties). He was a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and served on the boards of the Oregon Legal Insurance, Inc., and the Oregon Law Center. He was active in the merger of Northwestern Law School into Lewis & Clark College.

Cushing is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia, and five children (including two members of the OSB).

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Gregory L. Hawkes of Tualatin died of a heart attack on March 11, 2003 at the age of 59. Hawkes attended Oregon State University and served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the Willamette University School of Law in 1968 and began private practice before serving as a staff attorney with the Metropolitan Public Defenders. In 1978, he opened a private practice in Tualatin and shared office space with OSB members Craig O. West and Ron D. Ferguson for more than 20 years. Recently his practice emphasized elder law and family law.

Hawkes was a member of the Clackamas and Multnomah county bar associations. He was an active contributor to the OSB Elder Law and the Sole and Small Office sections’ online discussions.

Hawkes is survived by his wife, Barbara, two children and two grandchildren.

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Retired Portland attorney William F. White died March 11, 2003 at his Lake Oswego home of natural causes. He was 92.

White graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1934, and began practicing law in San Francisco at that time. During World War II he served as a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy. In July 1945, White was aboard the USS Callaghan destroyer in the Pacific when it was hit by a kamikaze plane. The ship sank, and White received the Purple Heart for his injuries. White continued service in the Naval Reserve until 1970, when he retired with the grade of commander.

In 1950, White joined his cousin Tom White in Portland to practice admiralty law. The firm grew and was known during a period of time as White, Sutherland, Brownstein & Parks. He continued the active practice of law until 1985. In 2000, he was honored as a 50-year member of the Oregon bar.

White liked to write. A frequent contributor to the OSB Bulletin and other bar publications, he also published two books. His 1972 book, Winning in Court on the Law of Facts, was about sufficiency of evidence and findings of fact. After his retirement he collected funny law stories submitted by attorneys from all 50 states, which he published in various forms starting in 1987 and updated periodically. He brought out his newest edition of humorous courtroom anecdotes in 2002, entitled A Trial Lawyer’s Delight. (See the write-up on the book on the Briefs page of the April 2003 OSB Bulletin, where White said, 'Who knows, but it might make someone’s best-seller list!').

White is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet, and a son.

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Retired Salem attorney Don Howe died March 21, 2003, at the age of 82. He had been in relatively good health until he fell and broke his hip a few days before his death.

Howe was born in Darlington, Wis. He received his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin and served as a bombardier during World War II, flying a total of 38 missions, including two on D-Day. He practiced law in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., early in his career and served as district attorney of Door County, Wis. He moved to Salem with his family in 1959 and worked as an attorney for the state of Oregon in a variety of capacities, retiring in 1985 as an assistant attorney general. He moved to Beaverton in 1997 to be closer to his daughters. Howe’s greatest passion was alpine skiing, and he also enjoyed photography and playing flute.

He is survived by two daughters, two sons and nine grandchildren. His wife, Margaret, and another son, Tommy, preceded him in death. His son Jay is a member of the Oregon State Bar who practices in Portland.


The Bulletin has also been informed of the deaths of:

Burl L. Green, Wilsonville, March 20, 2003.

Richard (Dick) T. Howsley, Vancouver, Wash., March 27, 2003.

Kip (Benjamin) Lombard, Ashland, March 27, 2003.

Complete notices will appear in the next issue.

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