He had cancer and curtailed his practice in 2010 because of his illness, his wife Susan said. He was of counsel at Eastman & Smith then, but had been a partner for decades, she said.
"He had a personal touch like no one I've ever met in the legal profession," said
"He could explain things to clients in a way they could appreciate and understand,"
"He was eminently fair and believed in equity and values and helping people see all the different sides of things," she said. "He had an analytical mind, but he could understand the emotions that were there, too. He wanted a solution that would bring everyone together."
Families were grateful, his wife said. "Their sense of appreciation inspired him and made him feel good about what he was doing as a lawyer."
"He took a lot of the younger attorneys and helped guide them and coach them and facilitated their professional development," his daughter Michelle said, "and he loved that."
He was a member of the
The son of
"It'?s really transformative," daughter Marla said. "You're living outside. You learn to be self-reliant, self-sufficient. You'?re doing physical labor."
He was valedictorian at age 16 of his 1959 graduating class at
Afterward, he moved to
He played tennis several days a week during the summer and liked to ski. He volunteered for trail patrol at Wildwood Preserve Metropark.
He baked biscotti and made pumpkin pie and New York-style cheesecake and belonged to gourmet dining groups. He committed to memory vast amounts of poetry and prose, which he was happy to share -- from Chaucer to
"He loved to have fun, to sing, to dance, to be the life of the party," his daughter Marla said.
Surviving are his wife, Susan, whom he married
Memorial services will be at
The family suggests tributes to the
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