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Stephen H. Katz
Stephen H. Katz
Stephen H. Katz, 75, passed in the early afternoon of June 20, 2017. He was a mentor to aspiring lawyers and always willing to give of his time to help colleagues. He began his career in the Judge Advocate General's Corp during the Vietnam War and was a founding partner of Katz, Goldstein, & Warren.

Among his professional distinctions, he was elected as one of the top 20 divorce lawyers in the Chicagoland area by Northshore Magazine, a member in the Leading Lawyer Network, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He retired after a nearly 50-year career, known as a formidable matrimonial lawyer.

He had a quick wit and sense of humor, adored classical music and opera, was an avid cook, reader, handball player and golfer, and had a never-ending thirst for knowledge. While Stephen spent a career as a well-respected attorney, his love and passion was always his family. He was a dedicated and loving husband, son, father, brother, and grandfather.

Robert Bard
Robert Bard
Robert E. Bard, 99, died on June 4, 2017, in Tempe, AZ. He grew up in Chicago and attended Tilden Technical High School, and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1940. During World War II, he served in the 1st Armored Division, in Algeria, Tunisia and Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in 1943. After the war, he continued to serve in the Army Reserves, and retired as Lt. Col.

Mr. Bard graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948, and began practicing law at Wilson & McIlvaine in Chicago. In 1952, while working on a cigarette tax evasion case, he was appointed assistant attorney general of Illinois by Gov. Adlai Stevenson. Mr. Bard later worked for the Seng Co., Chicago, a manufacturer of furniture hardware, and he became president of the Seng Co. in 1966. He later received a MA from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, and practiced federal taxation law in Chicago with Bates, Dupree, Bard & Wilson.

He and his family were long-time residents of Park Ridge, and later Chicago. Mr. Bard and his wife Rosemary retired to Scottsdale, AZ in 1985. He lost Rosemary in 1997 due to cancer. Through a support group for those who had lost their spouses, Mr. Bard eventually met Marion Shaw, whom he married, and they spent 10 happy years together.

Mr. Bard is survived by his daughters Kathryn and Sara Bard, his grandson, Joshua Lazar, and stepchildren Leslie and Jeffrey Shaw.

John Gordon Postweiler, age 70 of Palos Park, passed away on June 2, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Margaret (nee Behrens) for 36 years and the loving father of Gregory G. (Catherine) Postweiler. He was the cherished brother of Joyce (Charles) Duesing and fond brother-in-law of Nancy Roko. He was the devoted and loving uncle of Blain Duesing, Chaney Roko, Ellyde (Darnell) Thompson, Jonathan (Sophal) Roko, and the late Jasmine Roko as well as great-uncle to nieces and a nephew. John was preceded in death by his parents Gordon and Dorothy Postweiler, formerly of Blue Island. A dedicated attorney, John was a loyal friend, willing confidant, and sage counselor. 

Morton Freer Dorothy III, 69, of Mount Vernon passed away on Friday, June 16, at his residence in Mount Vernon.He was born on April 2, 1948, in Mount Vernon to parents Morton Freer Dorothy Jr. and Lou Ann (Grant) Dorothy. He married Claudia Minor on Aug. 8, 1981, in Mount Vernon.

Morton worked as an attorney in a private practice and served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board, penning many of the state's environmental regulations. He was an honorary merit scholar for his high academic achievements while at Mount Vernon High School. Morton was awarded the Champaign County Bar Association Pro Bono Award and was a self-proclaimed advocate for hopeless causes, doing whatever he could to always help people in need.

He had a great work ethic and endlessly kept himself busy, which is evident through his many hobbies and interests. He was a renaissance man and amateur carpenter, historian, genealogist and naturalist.

George Colias, 89, founder and president of Century Broadcasting Corp., died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Deerfield. Mr. Collias served as a U.S. Army paratrooper toward the end of World War II and was in active duty in the Army Reserves for twenty eight years. He graduated from Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Law, and had a five-year career as a lawyer at Baker McKenzie. He then launched a broadcasting company, Century Broadcasting. In 1964, Collias and a college buddy bought their first FM radio station in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the next 34 years, Century Broadcasting, a Chicago-based company headquartered in the John Hancock building, grew its broadcasting empire playing rock, jazz and easy listening over the air waves in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis, and Tampa. When deregulation loosened ownership of radio broadcasting in the 1990s, Collias sold the company's final hometown station, WPNT-FM, in 1996. Mr. Collias was a leader at the Hellenic Foundation, and an active member of Leadership 100, an endowment fund for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese that supports the ministries of the church. 

ISBA member Joshua J. Muench recently became a partner in the firm Stellato & Schwartz, concentrating in general tort litigation. Mr. Muench is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Susan T. Bart
Susan T. Bart
ISBA member Susan T. Bart recently joined Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago as a partner in the Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Group.

Ms. Bart's practice focuses on estate and gift tax planning, trust and estate administration, charitable planning, and fiduciary counsel. Her clients include wealthy individuals and families, family business owners, corporate executives, banks and trust companies, trustees and executors, and private foundations.

Susan is a fellow, regent, and former Illinois state chair of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the leading national association for trust and estate lawyers. She was the Reporter of the Uniform Trust Decanting Act, which is now being enacted in several states. She has also been active in Illinois trust law legislation.

A recognized industry thought leader, Susan has written extensively on trust and estate law topics with more than 30 published articles and two books. She has lectured to professional groups around the country, such as the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning (University of Miami), ACTEC, the Notre Dame Trust & Estate Planning Institute, ALI-ABA, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the American Bankers Association.

Four members from Fischel & Kahn, Ltd. were tapped for leadership roles within the association.

“Fischel & Kahn has always been an active supporter of the ISBA and the tremendous work it does to advance the practice of law in Illinois,” said David Inlander, a principal at Fischel & Kahn. “We are proud to have so many of our attorneys involved in guiding and shaping the Section Councils that drive its more than 30,000 members.”

Bob Kaufman has been named chair of the ISBA’s Trust & Estate Section Council, which has the goal of reviewing current, and producing new legislation regarding probate, trust and estate planning matters

David Inlander has been named vice chair of the ISBA’s Bench & Bar Section Council, which advocates for cooperation between judges and the practicing bar members for a more effective justice system.

Deborah Soehlig has been named secretary of the ISBA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section Council, which strives to provide innovative substitutes to the conventional litigation procedures.

Ronald Menna has been named Secretary of the ISBA’s Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, which aims to provide the professional skills and amplify knowledge of practicing attorneys in the civil law system.

Daniel A. Weiler, 68, of Elgin, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2017 after living courageously with ALS for nine years. Dan was born in Oak Park, IL to George and Bernice Weiler on October 19, 1948. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North High School, graduating in 1966. He went on to attend Niles College Seminary and Loyola University, graduating in 1970. Dan earned his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1976, and spent his career as an attorney at Law in Elgin.

He was a forty year member of the Elgin Lions Club, and among his many volunteer works throughout that time were his service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, his service on the City of Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission, and his service as the chairman of the Catholic Foundation for the People of the Diocese of Rockford.

Dan is preceded in death by his Mother, Bernice Weiler; Father, George Weiler; and nephew Stephen Villeneuve. Dan is survived by his wife, Carol Weiler of Elgin; children Michael (Jocelyn) Weiler of Elgin, Sarah (Bob Mullenbach) Weiler of Denver, CO; grandchildren Abe, Grace, Ava, Cole, Emily, Marcus, Levi, and Annie; siblings Martha (Dan) Meyer, Marian (Vic) Villeneuve, Anne (Joe) Koron, Tom (Lynn) Weiler, and Gerry (Ellen) Weiler; several beloved nieces and nephews; and his beloved caregiver Rashana Robertson. 

Patrick J. Kelly, 65, of Riverside, beloved husband of Kimellen Chamberlain; loving father of Sean & Meaghan Kelly; devoted son of Frances & the late Edward; fond brother of Steven (Teri) , Edward (Laura), Michael (Cathy), Gerlyn (James) Delaney & Tim (Carrie) Kelly; uncle of many. Proud SGT USMC & Distinguished Cook County State's Attorney.