George W. Colby died on Oct. 9,
2014, at the age of 69.
William J. Cruzen
William Cruzen was born in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree from Seattle University and his law degree from University
of California Hastings College of the
Law. Cruzen joined Karr Tuttle Campbell in 1967, and was chair of its Trust
and Estates Department until he retired. For many years, he published articles, presented, and chaired seminars
to the legal and accounting professions
on estate planning. Over the years,
Cruzen served as a board member and
president of Senior Services of Seattle/
King County, on the Community Home
Health Care Services board of trustees,
and on the Bastyr University board of
trustees, as well as the planned giving
advisory boards of the American Cancer Society and Seattle University.
William J. Cruzen died on Oct. 29,
2014, at the age of 72.
Robert W. Denomy
Bob Denomy was born on Chanute Air
Force Base in Champaign, Illinois, and
spent his childhood in Japan, Germany, Hawaii, and Tacoma. He received
his undergraduate and law degrees
from the University of Puget Sound.
His law firm focused on real estate law,
and he was also a licensed real estate
broker and CPA. Denomy enjoyed
spending time at the family cabin in
Packwood year-round. An avid skier,
he regularly traveled to ski resorts
with his ski club. An active member
of the Tacoma community, Denomy
volunteered with boards including the
Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, Master Builders Association, UPS Alumni,
UPS Trustees, and Rotary 8.
Robert Denomy died on Jan. 19,
Sheldon S. Frankel
Sheldon Frankel was born in 1938 and
grew up in Connecticut. He received
his undergraduate degree from the
University of Connecticut and his law
degree and LL. M. in taxation from Bos-
ton University Law School. After work-
ing for the American Trial Lawyers
Association in Boston, Frankel moved
to Ohio to begin his lifelong career
of teaching law. He moved to Tacoma
when the University of Puget Sound
was founded and taught there until the
law school was transferred to Seattle
University, where he then taught un-
til his retirement. In his free time, he
played bass fiddle with Bob’s Garage,
Riverbend, Swinging Strings, and the
Tune Tamers, and enjoyed singing in
the Vashon Chorale.
Sheldon S. Frankel died on Dec. 12,
2014, at the age of 75.
Rep. Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State
University and his law degree from
Washburn University School of Law.
In 1995, he was hired as an attorney
by the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, a public defense
law firm. In 2006, he was promoted to
managing attorney of the dependency
law practice. Freeman served nearly
20 years in public defense.
Freeman won a seat on the Federal
Way City Council in 2009 and then
became one of just two black members
of the 147-member Legislature when he
defeated a Republican House member
in 2012. In 2013, he was diagnosed with
stage 4 colon cancer. At the time of his
passing, just six days before Election
Day, he was running for Representative Position 2 in the 30th Legislative
District. Freeman also served as City
of Federal Way Human Services Commissioner for five years, and was an organizer for the City of Federal Way Dr.
Martin Luther King Celebration.
“As a legislator, [Freeman] was pas-
sionate about social justice, strong
families, and educational opportuni-
ties for all,” said House Speaker Frank
Chopp and Democratic Caucus Chair
Eric Pettigrew. “We have lost a trea-
sured colleague and friend . . . We will
miss him greatly.”
Roger Freeman died on Oct. 29,
2014, at the age of 48.
Marc D. Gianneschi
Marc Gianneschi received his bachelor’s degree in political science from
Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. He
earned his J.D. at the University of
Puget Sound School of Law in 1990.
He began practicing in Kitsap County
in 1990, first serving as the public de-
fender for the City of Bremerton. His
practice was devoted to people that
have been seriously injured. He was an
Eagle Member of the Washington State
Association for Justice and the Ameri-
can Association of Justice, as well as a
former chair of the Kitsap County Tort
Roundtable. He loved the outdoors.
Marc Gianneschi died Dec. 14,
2014, at the age of 52.
John A. Gose
John Gose was born in Walla Walla
and joined the Marines after college
to fight in the Korean War. After his
military service, he earned his J.D. at
the University of Washington School
of Law and practiced in Walla Walla
before relocating to Seattle. He was
instrumental in enacting key legislation, including the Deed of Trust Act.
He served as chair of the ABA Real
Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and was the founder and president
of the American College of Real Estate
Lawyers. Gose trekked the high passes
of Nepal, hiked the outback of New
Zealand, and dove the Great Barrier
Reef. He was an avid hunter and fly
John Gose died Jan. 2, 2015, at the
age of 84.
Alexander McLaren Hart
A remembrance by his wife, Carole
My husband, Alexander McLaren Hart,
died Dec. 25, 2014. He was 73 years
and four days old. Two of his children
(in their mid-40s) and a granddaugh-
ter were with him when he had a stroke
five days earlier, on Dec. 20. Seventeen
years earlier, also on a December 20,
I was with him when he had a stroke
from which he eventually recovered.
I am proud that his death certificate
identifies his employment as “lawyer/
Alex and I were out-of-state lawyers
when we met at the BAR BRI prep class
for the July 1981 Washington State Bar
exam. In the 1960s, Alex practiced for
five years in his native state of Con-
necticut. He moved with his then-wife
and three young children to Tacoma,
where he received an MFA in ceramics
from the University of Puget Sound.
They lived on San Juan Island during