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Obituaries

Illinois Lawyer Now lists obituaries for ISBA members. Please send information, including local newspaper links, to cbonjean@isba.org

Jerry Wolfson
Jerry Wolfson
Jerome F. "Jerry" Wolfson, 94, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at the Regency.

He was born July 24, 1919 in Springfield the son of Henry and Bessie Rich Wolfson. He married Muriel Levy in Chicago in 1943. He and his bride had been married almost 70 years at the time of her death in 2012, despite her mother saying it would never last. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; Dorothy Wolfson and two brothers; Milton and Lee Wolfson.

Upon graduating from University of Illinois law school, the country entered into World War II and so did he. After being discharged at the end of the war, he entered the family-owned Wolfson Furniture Company He practiced law in the office of Senator George Drach until he went into his own private practice.

Jerome was a life member of Temple B'rith Sholom. A member of B'nai Brith, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Sangamon county Bar Association, and the Saturday Night Dance club. Jerome and Muriel had been dancing together since college and they were great fun to watch. They danced like Fred and Ginger. He also painted, welded small metal statues and if something needed fixing, he was the guy you called.

Jerome had a wonderful sense of humor. Up until the end, Muriel thought he was funny.

William P. Laird
William P. Laird
William P. Laird, 64, of Moline, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, with his family surrounding him.

William was born July 14, 1949, in Moline, son of Lester Neal and Margaret Elizabeth VanderBeke Laird. He graduated from United Township High School in 1967 where he was elected senior class president. He received his bachelor's and juris doctorate degrees from Drake University, where he was elected president of his beloved fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. He married Susan Kelly at St. Anne's Catholic Church on Aug. 13, 1971.

William was an attorney for 38 years, working the last three years at Katz, Huntoon and Fieweger. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he served on the Parish Council. He also was a member of the Iowa and Illinois State Bar Associations, the Scott County and Rock Island County Bar Associations, the Rock Island County Public Building Commission, the Rock Island County Jail Commission and the Iowa Inns of Court. Bill also appeared regularly on WQAD's Good Morning Quad-Cities for many years as a weekly legal guest speaker. He was also one of the original organizers of the Moline DARE Program.

William enjoyed golf, fishing, traveling, cheering on the Cubs, attending Iowa Hawkeye football games, but most of all, spending time with his family, friends and grandson, Liam.

Margaret O'Donnell Coffin
Margaret O'Donnell Coffin
Margaret "Peg" O'Donnell Coffin, 88, longtime resident of Oak Brook and Hinsdale, former judge, prosecutor, civic leader, wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2013.

She graduated first in her class in 1949 and was a member of the Law Review at St. John's University (NY) School of Law. Legal and business positions included: Circuit Court Judge of DuPage County; Assistant State's Attorney of DuPage County (Criminal Division); Executive Development Program graduate and Manager at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. in New York City. Extensive civic leadership included: Member, Hinsdale District 86 Board of Education; President, St. Isaac Jogues Board of Education; Founding Member, first President and Director of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers; Member and Acting Chairman, Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of Oak Brook; Chairman, Zoning & Annexation Committee for Oak Brook Civic Association in rewriting controversial proposed zoning ordinances and leading negotiations with developers over 1,500 acres in Oak Brook's early days; President, Director and Co-Founder of the Fullersburg Woods Area Association; and Executive Board Member, Education Advisory Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet. 

Always a woman of diverse interests, her passions ranged from being a private plane pilot, including aerobatic flying, to her behind-the-scenes efforts in local political campaigns and initiatives. 

William H. Powell, 94, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Dec. 10.

William was a proud veteran of the US Navy during WWII from 1941-1945. He was a member of the Chicago Society, the Advocates Society and the Illinois State Bar Association.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred nee Tomchek. Loving Father of Janet M. (the late Richard) Griesenauer, William P., Thomas J., James L. (Kathy) and Mary Grace. Cherished Grandfather of Bill (Lisa), Jeffrey (Kelly), Daniel (Joan), Michael, Donna, Autumn Malia, Parker, Erin, Stephanie (Aleks), Jacqueline and Great Grandfather of Diane, Michael, Katie, Bradley, Ryan, Cara, Danielle, Justine, Ryne and Astrid.

Memorials to Avenues to Independence 515 Busse Highway Park Ridge, IL 60068 appreciated.

Carroll W. Dukes passed away on Nov. 13, 2013, after his courageous 14-month battle with cancer.

Carroll was born on Sept. 9, 1930, near Collison, the son of William J. and Lily (Hess) Dukes.

Carroll is survived by his wife, Mary (Denzer), whom he married on Jan. 1, 1982. He is also survived by his sons, Steven W. Dukes (Irma) of San Antonio, Texas, and William B. Dukes of Orlando, Fla.; as well as his stepchildren, Daryn Denzer (Julie) of Champaign, Daryl Denzer (Tonia) of LaPorte, Texas, and Shannon Schneider (Nick) of Mahomet. In addition, he is survived by nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Martha; his brother, William J. Dukes, who was killed in World War II; and sisters, Norma Miller, Mabre Seymour and Laverna (June) LaMar.

Carroll graduated from Rossville High School in 1948 and entered the Air Force, where he spent 30 months stationed in Japan prior to his discharge in 1952. Upon discharge, he attended and graduated from Eastern Illinois University and continued on to Dickson School of Law, an adjunct of Penn State University, where he graduated in 1958.

He became an associate with the law firm of Sebat, Swanson, Banks and Jones in Danville and shortly thereafter became a partner. In 1967, he opened CW Dukes law offices with an associate William Frivogel. In 1969, he was joined by John O'Rourke, and the firm of Dukes, O'Rourke, Stewart, Martin, and Ryan grew another eight attorneys. He retired in 2000 at age 70 from the firm currently known as Dukes, Ryan, Meyer & Freed.

Stephen Terrando
Stephen Terrando
Stephen G. Terrando, 66, a local resident and family law attorney, died Nov. 17, 2013, following a medical emergency while driving his car in Utica.

Steve was born Oct. 4, 1947, in La Salle to Joseph and Florence (Loomis) Terrando, and was the eldest of six children. He married Joke’ Verwey on July 18, 1980, in Magnolia, Texas.

Steve attended St. Bede Academy, La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College and Illinois State University in Normal. He received his bachelor of arts degree in Latin education from Illinois State University in 1969 and was a student teacher in the language at La Salle-Peru Township High School. Steve moved to Houston, Texas in 1971 and attended South Texas College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1974.  He practiced in Houston, Texas until 1987 when he moved his family back to the Illinois Valley where he maintained his practice in La Salle for the last 26 years. 

Scott Colky
Scott Colky
Chicago family law attorney Scott Colky, JD, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 30.

A celebration of Scott's life will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th in the Oak Room of the Metropolitan Club, 66th floor, Willis Tower. People should bring stories and photographs of their memories of Scott for sharing. There will be music and light refreshments.

Scott is survived by wife, Jennene, sons Joshua and Benjamin, brother, Michael (Deborah-deceased), sister, Dawn (husband Ed Kahn). Also, survived by his canine companions Gus and Zuma.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Scott's name to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition or the Innocence Project.

Daniel L. Houlihan
Daniel L. Houlihan
Daniel L. Houlihan, of Wilmette, formerly of Beverly, and summer resident of Long Beach, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday night. Dan was a prominent zoning attorney who began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney, served as an Illinois State Representative and longtime Legislative Counsel for ISBA.

Dan was a long-standing Board of Director Member for Misericordia Heart of Mercy, and a member of Catholic Charities Advisory Board.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15 from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Boulevard at Old Orchard Road, Skokie.  Funeral will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Church, 9th and Linden, Wilmette.

Robert Atkins
Robert Atkins
Robert Sheldon Atkins, 81, a long-time Chicago litigator and public servant who argued one case before the U.S. Supreme Court, died on Oct. 20. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and State of Illinois Assistant Attorney General, prosecuting white collar crime, price-fixing, and big business conspiracies. After establishing and leading the state's anti-trust division, the Chicago Sun Times called him (at 5'8) "a little giant-killer."

As a private litigator for three decades, Atkins worked with the Better Government Association, fighting corruption in Chicago and Illinois politics and government. Upon his retirement in recent years, Atkins taught constitutional law to elementary school students and presented himself as an inveterate letter-writer and gadfly in the Evanston community where he and his beloved wife, Patricia "Patty" Atkins made their home the past half-century.

Son of Allen and Hattie Atkins, he grew up in Chicago, graduated from Senn High School, University of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University Law School. As a prodigious teenage violinist, Atkins once won the Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour (the Chicagoland "American Idol" of its time) and was the concertmaster of his high school orchestra. After a hiatus, he performed various violin recitals on the North Shore for the past 30 years.

Hon. Robert C. Scott
Hon. Robert C. Scott
The Hon. Robert Clement Scott, 90, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away on Oct. 2.

Born April 8, 1923, and raised in Chicago, he attended Mae McMillan School in Fort Lauderdale in 1937-38, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame.

Judge Scott was an infantry combat veteran of World War II who received the Bronze Star. After practicing law in Chicago, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1951, where he met his wife, the former Mary Louisa Smith.

He was an early president of the Notre Dame Club of Fort Lauderdale, a 60-year member of The Florida Bar, and three- term member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, a Fellow in the American College of Probate Counsel, and from 1982 to 1993 a Circuit Judge for Broward County. But, most important, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.