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TCL > November 2015 Issue > In Memoriam

November 2015       Vol. 44, No. 11       Page  114
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In Memoriam

The In Memoriam section lists the name and date of birth and death (where available) of attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Gaynor Bloom at gbloom@cobar.org.


Alan Wendell Anderson
d. May 7, 2015

Harry Pat Hellerstein
d. July 31, 2015

David T. McCall
December 31, 1953–May 19, 2015

Donald R. Seawell
d. September 30, 2015


Tributes

Alan Wendell Anderson

 

Alan Wendell Anderson, affectionately known as Lanny, died at the age of 65 on May 7, 2015, in Denver after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Lanny was born in Kane, Pennsylvania, as the middle child of Herman (Chip) (deceased 2002) and Phyllis Anderson (deceased 2014). He attended the University of Northern Colorado, receiving a BA in political science, and the University of Notre Dame Law School, receiving his JD, graduating magna cum laude. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate general for five years. After being honorably discharged, Lanny accepted a position as a lawyer at the Denver law firm of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons. He quickly became a partner and worked at RJ&L for over 25 years. His next career adventure landed him in Colorado Springs as a deputy district attorney, economic crimes unit. After being diagnosed with cancer, he returned to Denver and joined the law firm of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell. He was a very brilliant and phenomenal litigation attorney who was admired by his colleagues and the entire legal community. He was also the founder of Pro Bono USA, an organization created to assist attorneys in helping indigent individuals receive free legal assistance; International Missions, Inc.; and the Sherpa Foundation. He also served on the board of Easter Seals of Colorado.

Lanny enjoyed doing many things outdoors, including golfing, hunting, and fly-fishing, and was quite an accomplished billiards trick shot artist. His dream was to retire and become a fly-fishing guide. Lanny was a world traveler, having had exciting adventures in Australia, New Zealand, London, and even to Mount Everest. He was a man of great faith and integrity. He loved God, family, and country. Lanny taught his friends and loved ones how to live life to its fullest and how to die with grace, love, and dignity.

Albert Einstein said, "The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive." Lanny was a man who gave to his work, to his family, and to his friends. His was a life that demanded notice, that exemplified brilliance, that inspired emulation, and that shown brightly so that others’ paths were lit. In his career as an attorney, he worked with passion, integrity, and energy. By his death, all the people who knew him will miss a highly intelligent, vibrant individual with a rare friendliness and charm. Lanny was a genuinely warm and wonderful individual. Our sorrow is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege to know him. He embraced death courageously, knowing he would be with his Lord and would be reunited with his parents and brother, Gary, who died in 1976 in a Navy flying accident at Miramar Naval Air Station, after surviving being a POW in Hanoi for six years.

Lanny is survived by his two children, Ryan and Morgan, his precious granddaughter, Brooklyn Anderson, of Denver; his brother, Brian Anderson of Burlingame, California; and his aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

—Submitted by Charles Goldberg

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Harry Pat Hellerstein

 

Harry Pat Hellerstein, a veteran criminal defense lawyer, author, and columnist, passed away on July 31, 2015, in San Francisco, due to complications from diabetes.

Harry was born in Denver to Max and Naomi Hellerstein, who owned and operated the Edgewater Drug Store. Raised in Park Hill, he graduated from East High School in 1957, from Brown University in 1961 with a BA degree, and from Harvard Law School in 1964 with an LLB degree. Following law school, Harry returned to Denver, passed the Colorado bar exam in 1964, and established his own private practice in Aurora.

In 1966, Harry became a charter member of the first staff of the Denver Public Defender’s Office, headed by the legendary civil rights lawyer, the late Edward Sherman. As a public defender, Harry developed a reputation for his astute courtroom skills. Recalling Harry with fondness, recently retired Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Bender reminisced: "Harry was a lawyer’s lawyer. He was dedicated to and truly cared for his clients. He nurtured and mentored me when I was a rookie lawyer and was a wonderful role model to emulate."

During this time, Tsuneko (Suzi), his future wife, was earning her MA in painting from the University of Denver. To graduate, Tsuneko was required to have an art exhibition of her work. A mutual friend brought Harry to Tsuneko’s shows at DU and the Denver Art Museum. Harry asked to borrow one of her paintings for his law office. After nearly four years of deepening their friendship, Harry and Tsuneko married in 1968. Harry became stepfather to Tsuneko’s daughter Debbie and son Morgan, a lawyer who clerked for U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch.

In 1976, Harry and Tsuneko began a new chapter in their married life when they moved to San Francisco. In 1975, Penny Cooper, a former Denverite and famous criminal defense lawyer in San Francisco known as the "Lawyer Who Lawyers Would Hire if They Got Busted," and a prominent supporter of the Bay Area arts and lifelong friend, called Harry about a possible opening as an assistant federal public defender in San Francisco. After an interview, another bar exam and an investigation by the FBI, Harry got the job.

Harry and Tsuneko lived in a vintage Bauhaus-designed condominium located within walking distance of this office. Harry was a dedicated public defender. Occasionally his cases required travel overseas to places such as London and Holland.

Throughout his career, Harry pursued his interest in writing. He published a mystery novel, called Wired, in 1982. Upon retirement in 1998, Harry enrolled in USC’s writing program as a visiting scholar and completed the two-year program.

After three years in Southern California, Harry and Tsuneko returned home to San Francisco. Harry continued to write poetry, short stories, and screenplays. He also studied Japanese.

Harry is survived by Tsuneko; his sister, Judy (Dr. Joe) Kurtz, of Boulder; his two stepchildren, Morgan Guenther and Debbie Hammond; two nephews; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

—Submitted by Charles Goldberg

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David T. McCall

 

David Tiffany McCall passed away at his home in Frederick, Colorado, on May 19, 2015. David was a practicing civil and criminal litigation attorney in Northern Colorado, primarily in Greeley and Windsor. Prior to moving to Colorado in 1991, David practiced insurance defense and personal injury in upstate New York.

David volunteered his time mentoring young attorneys through the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program and assisting Weld County Legal Services.

David was known to baffle judges and attorneys with Shakespearean quotes and quips from Rumpole of the Bailey. He treated clients, paralegals, fellow attorneys, and judges with kindness and respect. When not working, he could be found on the golf course.

David received his BA and JD degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; two wonderful children, James and Christine; his father, Thomas McCall, of Liverpool, New York; and brothers, Scott and Steve.

—Submitted by Kathy McCall

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