sity before transferring and completing his
undergraduate degree at the University of
Washington in 1956. After working in the
insurance industry, Mueller enrolled at the
University of Washington School of Law and
earned his J.D. in 1964. He spent over 52
years practicing law throughout the Seattle
metropolitan area including the latter days
of his career spent at Mueller & Associates,
Edward Mueller died April 21, 2016, at
the age of 85.
William J. Powers
William J. Powers was born in 1920 in Seattle. He received his undergraduate degree from Seattle University (then College)
and earned his J.D. from the University of
Washington School of Law. After serving
in the U.S. Army during World War II, Powers worked as an attorney with Whitmore,
Vinton, Powers and Ishikawa and later as
in-house counsel for Murray Franklin, Inc.
Powers enjoyed coaching youth football and
baseball as well as playing golf.
William Powers died on April 7, 2016, at
the age of 95.
M. Martha Ries
Mary Martha Ries received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and earned
her J.D. from Saint Louis University. She
served as a judicial clerk for the Missouri
Supreme Court, then joined the U.S. Department of Justice as an attorney in the commercial litigation branch. She practiced law
in Seattle, where she was a partner at Bogle
& Gates. She had numerous positions at the
Boeing Co., including vice president of intellectual property and vice president of ethics
and business conduct.
Martha Ries died on May 29, 2016, at the
age of 56.
Louis Rousso was born in 1928 in Seattle.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before
heading to Seattle, where he received his undergraduate degree from the University of
Washington and his J.D. from the University
of Washington School of Law. Rousso was
a solo practitioner who provided legal services for clients of all incomes. He enjoyed
reading, cooking, and spending time with
Louis Rousso died at the age of 88.
Michael H. Runyan
Mike Runyan was born in 1947 and grew
up in St. Joseph, Michigan. He attended
the University of Michigan, where he ma-
jored in economics. He served in the U.S.
Army during the Vietnam War, then earned
his J.D. from the University of Michigan
in 1975. Runyan was a law clerk for United
States District Judge Talbot Smith before
he joined Lane Powell in Seattle, where he
practiced for 34 years. He was a fellow of
the American College of Trial Lawyers and
received the Jack P. Schofield Outstanding
Achievement Award by the Washington
Defense Trial Lawyers. He co-founded the
Foundation for the Washington Courts and
was the president of the Michigan Club in
Michael Runyan died Dec. 19, 2015, at
the age of 68.
W. John Sinsheimer
John Sinsheimer was born in 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of
Washington for his undergraduate degree
in political science and his J.D. in 1956. Sinsheimer served in the U.S. Army, where he
was stationed in Orleans, France. He practiced estates and business law in Seattle, at
the firm of Sinsheimer & Meltzer, Inc. He
enjoyed history, books, current events, and
W. John Sinsheimer died Jan. 29, 2015,
at the age of 82.
Horton J. Smith
Rear Admiral Horton Smith was born in
1925 in Seattle. Smith received his undergraduate degree and later his J.D. from the
University of Washington, where he was
commissioned from the Naval ROTC in
1945. He served in the Korean War, then
returned to the U.S. Navy Reserve, achieving the rank of rear admiral in 1975. Smith
served as a King County Superior Court
judge for nearly 20 years. He returned to
active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard after
9/11 and became the oldest active member
serving in the Persian Gulf.
Horton Smith died April 29, 2016, at the
age of 90.
Payton Smith was born in 1932 in Fort
Worth, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University and earned his J.D. from
the University of Chicago Law School. He
practiced law in Seattle at David Wright
Tremaine from 1963–2011. He was a member and regent of the American College of
Trial Lawyers and the author of a biography
of Governor Albert D. Rosellini published by
the University of Washington Press.
Payton Smith died Sept. 22, 2015, at the
age of 82.
Thomas A. Stang
Tom Stang was born in 1935 in Seattle.
He earned an undergraduate degree from
the University of Washington in 1956. He
served in the U.S. Army, then earned his J.D.
at the University of Washington School of
Law in 1962. He practiced law in Seattle and
served as the Honorary Norwegian Consul,
receiving The Royal Norwegian Order of St.
Olav, Knight 1st Class from the King of Nor-
way in 1975, and the Royal Order of Merit
Commander in 1997.
Thomas Stang died Jan. 14, 2016, at the
age of 80.
Marja Starczewski was born in 1962 in Poland. She earned her undergraduate degree
in architecture and later a J.D. from the
University of Washington. She practiced law
in Seattle, moving to Wenatchee 10 years
ago. She was a longtime parishioner of the
Blessed Sacrament Church in the University
District and an active member of Seattle’s
Polish community. She was a folk dancer and
played the organ, as well as ringing handbells with the Northwest Bell Ensemble.
Marja Starczewski died April 8, 2016, at
the age of 54.
Cleve Stockmeyer was born in 1957 in New
Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a B.A. in government from Oberlin College, a master’s
degree in political science from Columbia
University, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He moved to Seattle
in 1992, where he practiced personal injury
law and became involved in numerous local
political issues. Stockmeyer enjoyed hiking,
salsa dancing, and cooking.
Cleveland Stockmeyer died May 2, 2016,
at the age of 59.
Robert K. Waitt
Robert Waitt was born in Seattle in 1931. He
attended Washington State College (now
University) and served in the U.S. Marines.
He earned his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1957, later serving on
its Board of Regents. He practiced insurance defense in Seattle and was a judge in
Issaquah District Court for 20 years. Waitt
enjoyed golf, boating, and travel.
Robert Waitt died April 3, 2016, at the
age of 84.
Robert W. Winsor
Bob Winsor was born in Mitchell, South
Dakota, in 1928. He earned his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of
Minnesota. He practiced law in Seattle from
1954–72, then served as a judge in King
County Superior Court, where he was the
presiding judge in 1986–87. He served on
the Court of Appeals, Division I, until 1991.
He joined JAMS in Seattle after his retirement from the bench. Winsor served on the
board of the Washington state chapter of
the ACLU and the Clemency and Pardons
Board. He received the William L. Dwyer
Outstanding Jurist Award in 2006. He
enjoyed music and the arts, singing in the
choir of East Shore Unitarian Church, playing tennis and squash, spending time with
friends, and travel.
Robert Winsor died June 12, 2016, at the
age of 87. NWL