This In Remembrance section contains brief obituaries of WSBA members. The list is not complete and
contains only those notices that the
WSBA has learned of through newspapers, magazine articles, trade publications, and correspondence. Additional
notices will appear in subsequent
issues of NWLawyer. Please email
notices or personal remembrances to
John R. Allen
John Allen was born in Seattle and graduated from Broadway High School. He
attended Washington Sate College and
served in the U.S. Air Force. He received
his law degree from the University of
Washington School of Law. He practiced
for 40 years before retiring in 1997. He
was an avid boater and loved cruising
the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, and
around Vancouver Island.
John R. Allen died on Feb. 27, 2014, at
the age of 84.
Kenneth A. Berger
Ken Berger was born in California. As a
young man, he rode his bicycle across the
country. Sports, hiking, and flying would
play a central part in his life. After working for years running a printing business,
Berger earned his law degree at Nova
Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 41. He served on
the Monroe City Council and the Snohomish County Board of Health, and was active
in the Monroe Lions Club. He summited
Mount Rainier 29 times. He was a private
pilot and loved to fly and build planes.
Kenneth Berger died May 24, 2014, at
the age of 60.
Merle D. Cohn
Longtime Mercer Island resident Merle
Cohn earned his law degree at the University of Washington and practiced for
over 50 years. He will be remembered for
his sharp legal mind as well as his philanthropic leadership in B’nai Brith, the
Stroum Jewish Community Center, and
the Anti-Defamation League. He served
in the U.S. Air Force during World War II
and loved traveling, sailing, and collecting
Merle Cohn died Aug. 16, 2014, at the
age of 95.
Charles Peter Curran
Pete Curran was born in Spokane. He
served in the U.S. Army and attended
the University of Washington, where he
earned a degree in history and his law
degree. He practiced law in Kent for over
53 years. He was active in the civic de-
velopment of Kent, serving at churches,
charities, and arts organizations. He loved
nicknames, mole hunting, cooking, Prairie
Home Companion, and music festivals.
Pete Curran died May 11, 2014, at the
age of 81.
Roger L. Decker
Roger Decker was raised in Michigan. He
served in the Korean War as a construction
surveyor in the U. S. Army. He received his
law degree from Duke University School
of Law. He moved to Seattle and joined
the law firm of Helsell Fetterman and then
eventually started his own firm called
Boyd & Decker. He enjoyed golfing and
outdoor activities during his retirement in
Roger Decker died on March 24, 2014,
at the age of 78.
Frank W. Draper
Frank Draper grew up in Seattle’s Laurel-hurst neighborhood. He attended the University of Washington, where he earned
his law degree. He was a member of the
U.S. Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps,
which took his family to Texas. Upon returning to Washington, he joined Lane
Powell and then formed his own law firm
of Detels, Draper, and Marinkovich, where
he focused on maritime law. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He enjoyed golfing and painting.
Frank Draper died on May 26, 2014, at
the age of 84.
James D. Dubuar
Born and raised in Seattle, James Dubuar
served in World War II and the Korean
War. He attended the University of Washington School of Law and was admitted
to the WSBA in 1950. He practiced for
over 60 years. He was active with the Boy
Scouts, the Mountaineers, and maritime
James Dubuar died on July 4, 2104, at
the age of 93.
Donald K. Fleck
Donald Fleck was born in Spokane. He
served during World War II with the U.S.
Army. He earned his law degree from the
University of Washington School of Law in
1948. He practiced in the areas of business
development, aviation, real estate, and
estate planning law. He left law for nine
years to start a company that developed
wheelchair lifts for buses which are still
being used today. He sang in musical the-
ater productions and as a soloist. He loved
boating, flying, and tennis.
Donald Fleck died on June 29, 2014.
Richard M. Foreman
Richard Foreman attended the University
of Washington. His law studies were interrupted when he was drafted to serve in the
Korean War as a judge advocate general.
After completing his service and his degree, he served as a deputy prosecuting
attorney for the City of Seattle. He started
private practice in Bellevue, where he
served on the planning commission, the
city council, and as mayor for three terms.
He was appointed attorney of counsel of
the Supreme Court of Washington in 1993.
He loved boating, political discussions,
and the Huskies.
Richard Foreman died on Aug. 13, 2014,
at the age of 81.
Lloyd G. Hammel Jr.
Lloyd Hammel served as an artillery
forward observer in World War II and received the Air Medal. He earned his J. D. at
the University of Michigan School of Law
and then moved to Salem, Oregon, where
he was assistant to the Oregon Attorney
General and active in Salem civic affairs.
He also served as an attorney with Pacific
Northwest Bell Telephone, a position that
brought him to Seattle after the phone
company break-up, where his practice
focused on antitrust, public utility, and
administrative law. After retiring from
the law, he took a position as an adjunct
professor at the University of Washington School of Business. He served on the
Clyde Hill City Council. He loved running
and ran for over 75 years in more than 25
countries. He also enjoyed backpacking,
racquetball, and camping.
Lloyd Hammel Jr. died on March 29,
2014, at the age of 91.
Stephen K. Harpold
Born in Indiana, Stephen Harpold enlisted
in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam as
an artillery forward observer with the 11th
Armored Calvary Regiment. He received
the Purple Heart Medal. After his service,
he returned to law school and received his
J. D. from Indiana University. Upon graduating, he packed up his car and drove to
Washington, where he founded his own
firm representing clients injured in accidents. He retired in 2012 to his home on
Stephen Harpold died on Aug. 5, 2014,
at the age of 69.
Helen “Dee” Hokum
Dee Hokum grew up on a small farm near
Kuna, Idaho. She worked as a substitute
teacher before completing law school at