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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.

Sean Patrick O'Brien
Sean Patrick O'Brien
Sean Patrick O’Brien, 37, of Morton Grove, passed away suddenly and tragically in a car accident on Sept. 22, 2013.  

Sean was very close to his family, extended family, and friends. He received his double Bachelor’s degree from  Illinois State University.  His master’s degree in Political Science from University of Illinois and then he went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton law school.  Shortly after law school Sean began a career working at the Illinois Department of Criminal Justice Information Authority where he is well respected amongst his peers. One of his main contributions was developing an organizational model of their system in which many states throughout the country have implemented.

He is survived by his beloved wife and soul mate  Lisa ( Weiland) O'Brien.  Beloved oldest son of John and Linda O’Brien.  Loving brother of Erin (Brent) Eggleston, Moreen (Jacob) Lusk and Kevin “Shorty” O’Brien.  Adored uncle of Isabelle and Matthew Eggleston, Ethan Lusk and Brandon and Jeremy Flores.  Dear son in law of Pam (and the late Steven) Weiland.  Fond brother in law of Karyn Weiland Flores.  Loved nephew of Richard and Colleen Atwood and Greg and Mary O'Brien. 

Charitable donations may be made in Sean's memory to the following organization:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Illinois Chapter

Joel William Townsend
Joel William Townsend
Joel W. Townsend, 94, of Placida, Fla., formerly of Mt. Carmel, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Florida.

He was born Sunday, Nov. 17, 1918 in Mt. Carmel, to Ben H. and Madge (Simpson) Townsend.

Joel was an attorney; graduate of Northwestern University Law School and practiced law with his father, Judges Robert Keenan, George Timberlake and Stephen Sawyer. With his wife, they owned Radio Call, Inc. in Georgia.

Hugh James "Jim" Bagley, 72, of Rockford died peacefully in his home on Sept. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and "Danda." His wise counsel and strong character will leave a long-lasting legacy.

Jim was born in Manchester, GA, on January 14, 1941, son of Hugh and Elizabeth (Hill) Bagley. Jim attended both undergrad and law school at the University of Georgia. He proudly served 21 years in the US Air Force. In September 1967, Jim took a life-changing flight on TWA, where he met a stewardess named Milena Chomko. They married in 1969 and recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.

He was a savvy and intrepid traveler, and he always wanted to visit new and faraway places. He was a tireless advocate for his clients during forty years of legal practice. However, his greatest joy was investing time and energy in his family, especially his five grandsons. He truly set the standard for being a grandfather.

Jim is survived by his wife, Milena; his children, Noelle (Chris) LaLiberty and Jason (Summer) Bagley; grandsons Kevin, Colin, Ryan, Jacob, and Connor. He is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Barbara Staples.

Memorials may be directed in Jim's name to Heartland Hospice, 363 Financial Court, #300, Rockford, IL, 61107. Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family. To extend condolences go to

William R. Quinlan
William R. Quinlan
Hon. William Robert Quinlan, age 73, passed away on Oct. 1 in Wilmette. 

Quinlan was a native of Chicago's South Side and graduated from Loyola University's School of Law in 1963. He served as corporation counsel for the city of Chicago under Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael A. Bilandic and Jane M. Byrne. He was elected as a Cook County Circuit Court judge in 1980. In that position, he presided over trials involving the Rosemont Horizon roof collapse, cases stemming from a salmonella outbreak and the first asbestos trial here. Quinlan was appointed to the 1st District Appellate Court in 1985 and elected the next year.

In January 2003, Bill was recognized as a Laureate of the Illinois State Bar Association Academy of Illinois Lawyers. In October 2005, he received the Illinois Bar Foundation's Distinguished Award for Excellence. Bill was a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American Bar Association Council of the Section of Litigation. He was also a Fellow of the American and Illinois Bar Foundations.

Bill served as Judicial Liaison of the Illinois State Bar Association since 1995 and as Chairman of the Judicial Advisory Council of Cook County since 1991. Bill also served as Special Counsel to the President and Parliamentarian of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County, and was Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago under Mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic and Jane Byrne.

Richard K. Smith Sr.
Richard K. Smith Sr.
Richard K. Smith Sr., 83, of Savanna, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at The Alverno in Clinton, Iowa.

Richard was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Rockford, the son of Harold Anderson and Alyce L. (Johnston) Anderson. Harold passed away and Alyce later married Lawrence Smith Sr. who adopted Richard.

Richard attended and graduated from Savanna High School and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1956. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with his law degree.

Richard began practicing law with his father, Lawrence Sr., and his brother, Lawrence Jr., in Savanna in the mid 1960s. He later co-founded Smith Law Office in Savanna in 1975 and practiced law in northwest Illinois until his retirement in 2011. During his career he was the village and town attorney for many years for several towns in the area including Elizabeth, Savanna and Shannon.

Richard belonged to and enjoyed participating with the Savanna Rotary.

He also loved spending his time watching trains, studying history and war and spending time on his farm. Most of all, Richard cherished the time he spent with his family and his friends.

Richard will be dearly missed by four children, Richard K. Smith Jr., David A. (Wendy) Smith, William H. Smith and Alyce A. Smith; a grandson, Garrett K. Smith; and his brother, Lawrence (Donna) Smith.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be given to the Savanna Rotary in Richard’s memory.

Hon. C. Howard Wampler
Hon. C. Howard Wampler
Judge C. Howard Wampler, 79, of Wyanet passed away Sept. 4, 2013, in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.

He was born Dec. 13, 1933, in Bloomington to Calvin and Dorothy (Williams) Wampler. Howard married Diane Pierson on Dec. 30, 1966, in Joliet.

He moved with his family to Wyanet when he was in the second grade. Howard graduated from Wyanet High School in 1951 and went on to college at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating in 1955.

He then received his law degree from the University of Illinois.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. Following his service he practiced law in Bureau County becoming state’s attorney from 1964 to 1968 and acting as a public defender in 1970. In 1971, he became a magistrate and an associate circuit judge.

Then in 1974 he was appointed circuit judge until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1993.

His various memberships include chairman of Region 8 of the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, Illinois Judges Association, representing the Wyanet Fire Protection District, a life member of the Elks Club, dual member of Masonic Lodge No. 722 A.F. and A.M. in Walnut and No. 249 in Sebring, Fla., and he was involved with the Shriners organization.
Howard was of the Christian faith and associated with First Lutheran Church in Princeton.