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In Memoriam

From 1980 to 1989

  • GR

    Garrett A. Richardson passed away on November 13, 2015, at the age of 61.

    Garrett attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before earning his law degree. A longtime public defender in Portland, he began working for the Multnomah County Public Defenders Office in 1981.

    Garrett is survived by his wife, Kalynn; his mother, Michaeline Richardson; and his brother.

  • WS

    William S. “Sam” Simpson of Otsego, Michigan, passed away June 9, 2015. He was 68 years old.

    Sam was born February 7, 1947, to Florence and Ray Simpson. He graduated from Otsego High School with honors and attended Michigan State University, where he met his wife of 43 years, Elaine K. Sheehan.

    After returning to his hometown of Otsego, Sam was employed by Old Kent Bank as a commercial loan documentation officer. He later specialized in wills, trusts, and banking regulations. Sam also served on the Otsego City Commission and helped establish the Otsego Area Historical Society.

    Sam had a lifelong interest in amateur radio; his call sign was KC8OZG. His passions were cooking, the Upper Peninsula, and animal welfare.

  • Richard Whittemore JD ’82
    RW

    Richard “Dick” John Whittemore passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2015, having suffered cardiac arrest following a weekend of racing his BMW 325 in Auburn, Washington. He was 59 years old.

    Dick was born January 19, 1956, in Portland to Dr. James P. and Mary Margaret Whittemore. He attended St. Thomas More Grade School and Jesuit High School, from which he graduated in 1974. He earned a BA cum laude in philosophy from Colorado College in 1978. While a law student, Dick worked nights at Abernethy’s Restaurant so he could serve a clerkship for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Charles Crookham. He remained close to Crookham and delivered a eulogy at the judge’s funeral service in 2004.

    Dick joined the firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in 1984 and was a senior shareholder. An expert in product liability defense, clergy malpractice, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation, he was a member of the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho bar associations and practiced law for more than 30 years. “Dick was the consummate professional and partner and a tremendous legal advocate equally respected by his clients, adversaries, and judges hearing his cases,” said Loren Podwill, president of Bullivant Houser Bailey. “He was a devoted teacher, spending endless hours working with newer lawyers, teaching them the tools of the trade and professionalism, and volunteering his time to judge local and national legal competitions. Dick carried himself through the world with confidence, grace, and dignity.” He had a reputation for speaking softly, listening intently, and thinking logically.

    Dick had a deep respect for the law, but his personal passion was motor racing. He traveled the Pacific Northwest participating in Sports Car Club of America races and collected numerous checkered flags throughout his racing career.

    In 1997, Dick was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and underwent six months of aggressive treatment. During this time, his dedication to his clients and his firm never wavered, and he continued to work at a high level. In 2008, Dick was diagnosed with a more aggressive form of NHL, but he succeeded in surviving both the formidable treatment and the disease with quiet strength.

    Dick was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, which he served as national board representative president-elect. He was a member of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel and served as a regional judge for the 2015 National Trial Competition of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He was also a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and the University Club of Portland, which he served as president in 2006.

    Dick is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Carolyn; sisters Kathy Johnson and Susan Honeyman; brother James Whittemore; nieces Libby Rasmussen and Katherine Byrne; and nephews Blake Whittemore, Michael Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Andrew Honeyman, and Kevin Honeyman.

    Posted 06/10/15

  • JK

    Julie A. Keil passed away November 24, 2015.

    Julie received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota. After earning her JD, she worked for Portland General Electric Company for 20 years. Julie was responsible for the license and water rights issues surrounding PGE’s five Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-licensed hydropower projects. She joined GEI Consultants in February 2015 as a senior consultant.

    Julie served as president of the National Hydropower Association from 1997 to 1998 and of the Northwest Hydroelectric Association. Most recently, she was chair of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. Over the course of her career, she testified before four congressional committees regarding the need to reform the relicensing process for hydropower projects. She also served on the federal advisory committee for the interagency task force that considered improvements to the licensing process. In 2003, she received the industry’s highest honor, the Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award.