Memorials

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JOHN N. BARNHART

John BarnhartBarnhart, 90, of Berclair, died February 23, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1948. Barnhart, who practiced civil trial law, was a solo practitioner in Beeville from 1949 to 1963 and served in the Texas Legislature during the 1950s. He was then an associate and partner in Mandell & Wright in Houston, a partner in Barnhart & Luther in Houston, a partner in Barnhart Mallia & Cochran in Houston, and a mediator with John N. Barnhart in Houston. He was licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Barnhart is remembered as a champion of defending civil rights and for his love of sailing and raising miniature donkeys. He is survived by his son, Joseph; daughters, Claire Barnhart and Gina Hardin; sister, Anne DeLoach; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

ALVIN N. SÁENZ

Alvin SaenzSáenz, 52, of League City, died December 5, 2015. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993. Sáenz was the owner of the Law Office of Alvin N. Sáenz from 1993 to 2015. He is remembered for his sense of public service, analytical skills, and love for cycling. Sáenz is survived by his wife of 23 years, Linda; sons, Dawsen and Logen; father, Jose Sr.; brothers, Jose Jr. and Jose Suazo; and sister, Lorena Matherne.

KEMPER SAM WILLIAMS JR.

Kemper WilliamsWilliams, 83, of Victoria, died April 30, 2015. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, followed by many years in the Army Reserve. Williams received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. He actively practiced law for almost 60 years, and the Victoria County Bar Association bestowed on him its highest honor—the Legacy Award—in 2012. Williams was mayor of Victoria from 1963 to 1973 and was president of the Texas Municipal League for several terms. He also had a popular radio show on AM 1340 in the 1990s. Williams is survived by his daughters, Cecilia Allison, Mary Tinsley, and Jane Newton; son, attorney Kemper III; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

LEWIS BAYNE SLAGLE

Lewis SlagleSlagle, 94, of Pflugerville, died May 16, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, was a member of the Oklahoma Bar, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Slagle practiced law in Frederick, Oklahoma, from 1948 to 1957 and then moved to Texas and practiced in Brownwood from 1958 to 1988. He served on many civic boards and was chairman of the Brown County Democratic Party. Slagle is remembered for his love of golfing, playing bridge, and telling stories with a sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Cam; sons, Steve and Jim; daughter, Zan Caperton; and brothers, Gene and Bill.

G. WELLINGTON SMITH

Wellington SmithSmith, 74, of Austin, died May 25, 2016. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Smith was associate general counsel to Aristar Inc. in Miami, Florida, from 1969 to 1975; a solo practitioner focusing on immigration law from 1975 to 2016; and a partner in Buzgova, Meneses, & Wellington Smith from 2015 to 2016. He is remembered for his love of dogs, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. Smith is survived by his son, attorney Forrest, and daughter, Kelley.

JOEL H. PULLEN

Joel PullenPullen, 83, of San Antonio, died August 23, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1955. Pullen was a partner in Tinsman & Houser; managing partner in Davis, O’Conner & Pullen; and founding partner in Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson & Jones from 2004 until retiring in 2009. Pullen received the State Bar of Texas 50-year lawyer recognition, was a speaker for the State Bar and a faculty member of the TexasBarCLE Advanced Civil Trial Course, and was a speaker for UT law school. He is remembered as having been a widely respected litigator, very involved in the local Jewish community, and treasured by his family and friends, particularly his granddaughter Hailey, who plans to attend UT law school. Pullen is survived by his wife of 54 years, Reesa; sons, Forrest, Scott, and attorney Eric; daughter, attorney Shari Pulman; and 11 grandchildren.

CHARLES WILLIAM SPENCER

Charles SpencerSpencer, 81, of Dallas, died January 27, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958, later received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. Spencer was a partner in Geary, Stahl, and Spencer from 1964 to 1991; owner of Charles W. Spencer, Attorney at Law from 1991 to 2008; and owner of Charles W. Spencer & Associates. He was one of the first Texas lawyers to be certified in real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He received the 2013 State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was a past chair and member of the commercial real estate exam committee. Spencer enjoyed UT football and Bible study. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol; four daughters; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

STEPHEN S. ASH

Stephen AshAsh, 69, of Phoenix, Arizona, died May 16, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. Ash served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1986, reaching the rank of captain. He began his career with the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office and also practiced with the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Phoenix. Ash received the Albert Gallatin Award, which is the Treasury’s highest award for career service. He retired in 2005. Ash was a Ferrari Club of America member for 40 years and also loved traveling the world and serving in the Pennsylvania Reserves. He is survived by his sister, Kathy Ash Hayden.

DONALD WEBB CANTWELL

Donald CantwellCantwell, 83, of Arlington, died May 11, 2014. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the mid-1950s. He then received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Cantwell was active in the Civil Air Patrol in the ’60s, both as legal counsel and as a pilot flying search and rescue missions over Texas. He taught business law and real estate for 43 years at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business, becoming a professor emeritus in 2002 when he retired. He also co-authored Real Estate Principles: The Texas Supplement (first and second editions), as well as numerous articles in academic journals. Cantwell will be remembered for his laugh and smile, love of meeting people and learning new things, and appreciation for the art of a good debate. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty; brother, Allen; children, Susan Seaman, William Cantwell, and Carol Braziel; and seven grandchildren.

PAUL “DON” WILMARTH

Paul WilmarthWilmarth, 67, of Dallas, died February 5, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Wilmarth was a solo practitioner in Dallas from 1970 until his death and also was associate house counsel to the American Heart Association from 2013 until his death. He was active in many civic organizations, including the city of Dallas’s Permit and License Appeal Board, and will be remembered as a true friend and for his love of hunting and fishing. Wilmarth is survived by his brothers, Raymond Jr. and Scott, and sister, Charlotte Gleiser.

EDWARD VISHNEVETSKY

Edward VishnevetskyVishnevetsky, 34, of Dallas, died June 20, 2016. He received his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2008. Vishnevetsky was of counsel in the Dallas office of K&L Gates, where he concentrated his practice on health care, representing hospitals, physician groups, laboratories, and other entities in a wide variety of regulatory, transactional, and controversy-related matters. Vishnevetsky, who had received his master’s in health administration summa cum laude, was a rising star in health law, being recognized with numerous accolades for his work. He was an accomplished pianist and international adventurer, who—just weeks before his death—had set up the Vishnevetsky Family Scholarship Fund to help campers attend Union for Reform Judaism Greene Family Camp. He could captivate a room with his humor and charm and will be remembered as a doting uncle to Adam, Iris, and Liana Grayson. Vishnevetsky is survived by his father, Leonid; sister, Marina Grayson; stepmother, Marina Tverye; stepbrothers, Aaron and Elliott Tverye; girlfriend, Jaycee Greenblatt; and other beloved family members.

WILLIAM HODGE CRENSHAW JR.

William CrenshawCrenshaw, 79, of Buchanan Dam, died January 15, 2016. A third-generation lawyer, Crenshaw studied the books in his father’s law office, took the bar exam under the old rule allowing for such law office study, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. He practiced both criminal and civil law in Lubbock until 1997 and then practiced in the Hill Country until his illness in 2015. During his career, he presented oral arguments before the Texas Supreme Court as well as the Court of Criminal Appeals, including in Daniel Baker v. Texas, where the CCA decided to hold the vagrancy statue unconstitutional. Crenshaw is remembered as a “crusty old lawyer” who had a heart of gold for children in child protective services and for his love of animals and sports. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Keely; and three grandchildren.

ROBERT C. FERGUSON

Robert FergusonFerguson, 94, of Amarillo, died March 29, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a cryptographer during World War II. Ferguson then received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. He practiced law in Sherman, Hartley, and Dallam counties, first as assistant county attorney and later as county judge in Sherman County until 1955, at which point he practiced with Floyd H. Richards in Dalhart. Ferguson was a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, received the State Bar of Texas 50-year lawyer recognition, and was a member of the Christian Legal Society and its board of directors. He enjoyed farming, travel, and his rewarding family relationships. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara; daughters, Beth Carter and Susan Hurt; son, Lee; sister, Betty Smith; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

DAVID BOND BAXTER

David BaxterBaxter, 65, of Dallas, died October 22, 2015. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. Baxter was an attorney with Ashley & Welch from 1975 to 1980; an attorney and closer with Kramer White & Baxter and Plano Title from 1980 to 1985 and then with Kramer, White, Baxter & Blanshard from 1985 to 1989; a real estate attorney with Tobolowsky Prager & Schlinger from 1989 to 1991; and a fee attorney at Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Co. from 1991 to 2005, United Title of Texas from 2005 to 2007, Commerce Title from 2007 to 2010, and Republic Title from 2010 to 2015. He enjoyed golfing at the Dallas Country Club, being an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 70 in University Park, and contributing to Vision Africa Radio. Baxter is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barbara; sons, Richard and James; daughter, Sarah; mother, Pauline; and three grandchildren.

GARY ALLEN KUIPER

Gary KuiperKuiper, 65, of Rockville, Maryland, died June 14, 2016. Kuiper volunteered for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and served in the infantry. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. Kuiper was a prison inspector in Houston and then worked for the Resolution Trust Corp., followed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., where he worked for more than 30 years. For two-plus decades, he was a devoted member, elder of, and volunteer for the Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church. Kuiper is remembered for his ability to make friends with anyone he met and for his deep love for his family. He is survived by his wife, Galena; sons, Michael, Boris, Alexander, and David; brothers, Ed, Robert, and Rick; sisters, Cathy Bennett and Betty Gesink; and three grandchildren.

ARTHUR M. SLOAN

Arthur SloanSloan, 84, of Belleair Bluffs, Florida, died May 20, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed for six months at a medical research lab and then one year at the Japan Medical Depot. Sloan then received his law degree from Wayne State University Law School, was a member of the Michigan Bar, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. He was an examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., from 1956 to 1957; a legal adviser to the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1957 to 1959; general counsel to and patent attorney with Collins Pipeline Construction Co. in Port Lavaca from 1959 to 1961; general counsel to and legal and patent attorney of electronics and optics at Varo Inc. in Garland from 1961 to 1965; and a private practitioner in Dallas, initially partnering with Matt Garland, from 1965 until his retirement in 2000. He also enjoyed growing roses for the Texas Rose Research Foundation, hosting high school foreign exchange students and placing graduate foreign students with host families, and volunteering at theater performances and jazz festivals. Sloan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Florence; sons, Lance, Greg, Brent, and Bradley; and seven grandchildren.

WILLIAM T. HALL

William HallHall, 78, of Austin, died August 31, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. He was the owner of William T. Hall and Associates in Austin. Hall is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, attorney Peter; daughters, attorney Kate Mai and Martha Clay; sister, Sara; and eight grandchildren. TBJ

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