Memorials

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Cathy Cochran

Cathy CochranCochran, 76, of Wimberley, died February 7, 2021. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984. Cochran was assistant district attorney in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston from 1984 to 1989, an associate professor at the University of Houston Law Center, head of the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office Appellate Division in Fort Bend from 1990 to 1991, of counsel to Hardin, Beers, Hagstette & Davidson in Houston from 1991 to 1995, criminal justice policy director for Gov. George W. Bush in Austin from 1995 to 1996, of counsel to Rusty Hardin & Associates in Houston from 1996 to 2001, judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin from 2001 to 2014, and of counsel to Rusty Hardin & Associates in Houston from 2014 to 2021. She was author and editor of the Texas Rules of Evidence Handbook. Cochran received the University of Houston Law Center Distinguished Service Award and the University of Houston Law Center Student Bar Association Professor of the Year Award. She loved the majesty of the law as much as her family. In retirement, Cochran enjoyed visiting Texas courthouses and gardening, particularly her garden of wildflowers. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, David Cochran; daughters, Hilary Herasimchuck and Christie Kline; and three grandchildren.


Shirley Rosilyn Goldstein Levin

Shirley LevinLevin, 85, of Dallas, died April 7, 2020. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. Levin practiced for more than 50 years in partnership with her husband at Levin, Weinberg & Levin. She was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Levin represented White Rock Chapel, the oldest Black church in North Texas, in a real estate dispute during the 1970s, and with her husband also represented Jack Ruby. She and her husband were members of Congregation Shearith Israel for more than 60 years. Levin possessed a beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor that were appreciated by all who knew her. She was a loyal friend and leaves behind a legacy of professional excellence and will be fondly remembered and profoundly missed. Levin is survived by her husband of 64 years, attorney Marvin L. “Bubba” Levin; daughters, Lisa Levin Edwards and Laurel Levin; son, Michael Levin; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.


Don E. Stokes

Don StokesStokes, 79, of Tyler, died January 20, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. Stokes was a special agent with the FBI in Portland, Oregon, and Chicago, Illinois, from 1965 to 1969; first assistant district attorney in Marshall from 1969 to 1973; appointed judge of Harrison County in 1973 and served until 1977; judge of Harrison County Court at Law from 1977 to 1982; and was appointed to serve as interim judge of Harrison County Court at Law in 1996. He was certified in civil trial law and personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Stokes was a member of the Harrison County Bar Association and a Texas Bar College fellow. He created the juvenile center in Harrison County while serving as judge. Stokes served as a board member of the East Texas Council of Governments, chairman of the Harrison County Juvenile Board, and chairman of the Harrison County Juvenile Advisory Board. Stokes was president of the Rotary Club of Marshall and the Marshall Jaycees. He received the Blalock Trophy for Outstanding Jaycee of the Year in 1973. Stokes is survived by his wife of 14 years, Cindy Edwards Stokes; son, Scott Bergstrom Stokes; daughter, Susan Stokes Zunker; sister, Joann Breitling; and three grandchildren.


Robert Joseph Cowan

Robert CowanCowan, 92, of Midland, died November 19, 2020. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1953 and was honorably discharged. Cowan received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1953. He was a trial attorney in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in New York, New York, from 1953 to 1955, and a partner in Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder in Midland from 1956 to 1986. Cowan was a leader in developing the use of limited partnerships in the oil and gas industries. He was very active in business and community organizations. Cowan is survived by his wife of 20 years, Peggy Floyd; daughters, Leslie Stevens, Cindy Guiles, and Casey Gale; and two grandchildren.


Hays Jenkins Jr.

Hay JenkinsJenkins, 71, of Missouri City, died January 23, 2021. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. Jenkins was an assistant district attorney in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from 1977 to 1980 and was an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas from 1980 to 2021, making him one of three dozen U.S. attorneys with 30-plus years of service. He was a member of the Federal Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Jenkins enjoyed fishing and traveling. He is survived by his wife, attorney Helen B. Jenkins; son, John Hays Jenkins; daughter, attorney Crystal Jenkins Washington; brother, Phillip Jenkins; and five grandchildren.


Marion “Jack” Borchers

Marion BorchersBorchers, 87, of New Braunfels, died November 17, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army. Borchers received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. He was a solo practitioner in New Braunfels. Borchers served as president of the Comal County Bar Association. He was a horseman and a rancher. Borchers is survived by his wife of 60 years, Robbie Walters Borchers; sons, attorney William R. Borchers and T. Charles Borchers; daughters, attorneys Mary Ann Cozby and Brenda Chapman; brother, Otto R. “Jimmy” Borchers; and seven grandchildren.


John Edward Gay

John GayGay, 91, of McKinney, died January 26, 2021. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. Gay was a partner in Boyd, Veigel & Gay in McKinney from 1954 to 1985, a shareholder in Gay, McCall, Isaacks & Roberts from 1985 to 2018, and served as general counsel to the North Texas Municipal Water District for over 50 years. He was president of the Rotary Club of McKinney in 1959 and later became a Paul Harris fellow. Gay served on the boards of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, McKinney Education Foundation, and First United Methodist Church of McKinney. He served on the McKinney City Council from 1985 to 1991 and as mayor from 1991 to 1997. Gay was named Citizen of the Year by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce in 1999. In 2009, McKinney named its newest library the John & Judy Gay Library. He is survived by his wife, Judy Gay; sons, John Gay and David Gay; daughter, Jennifer Sproull; and four grandchildren.


N. Dean Hawkins

N Dean HawkinsHawkins, 63, of Dallas, died January 2, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985. Hawkins was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1984. He was president of N. Dean Hawkins & Associates in Dallas from 1992 to 2020. Hawkins was a published author in estate planning. He was a lifelong Oklahoma Sooners fan and enjoyed watching football and spending time with his family. Hawkins is survived by his wife of 29 years, Emily Buford Hawkins; son, Douglas Quentin Hawkins; daughter, Allison Mackenzie Williams; brother, Eldon Hawkins; and three grandchildren.


George A. Hrdlicka

George HrdlickaHrdlicka, 89, of Houston, died December 31, 2020. He served in the Korean War. Hrdlicka received his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1957. Hrdlicka was a tax attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division in Washington, D.C., from 1957 to 1965, and founding shareholder in Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry in Houston from 1965 to 2020. He was an adjunct professor in partnership tax at the University of Houston Law Center for 30 years. Hrdlicka placed the best interests of the firm ahead of his own, including suppressing his own compensation. He was appreciated for his talents as a tax attorney, but even more for who he was as a person. Hrdlicka was an avid adventurer, trekking across Alaska and riding across the country on a motorcycle, and climbed mountains, including Mt. Kilimanjaro at 70 and making it to the first base camp on Mt. Everest at 72. He was able to break down complicated tax concepts to teach them in simple ways to students, young attorneys, and clients. Hrdlicka is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judith Rose Paulus Hrdlicka; daughters, Geordie Marie Hrdlicka and Amy Marie Hrdlicka Reggi; brother, Ken Hrdlicka; sister, Nancy Hrdlicka Muller; and two grandchildren.


Shelia Jeanne Schultze Fox

Sheila FoxFox, 52, of Grand Prairie, died January 24, 2021. She received her law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2005. Fox was a solo practitioner in Arlington from 2006 to 2009, an associate of the Small Business Association from 2006 to 2007, and an appointed counsel as needed for Tarrant County Family Courts from 2008 to 2011. She enjoyed murder mysteries, was a Doctor Who fan, and read mysteries, sci-fi, horror, and anime/comics. Fox is survived by her husband of 24 years, Jesse B. Fox Jr.; brothers, Garrett Schultze, Donald Schultze, Raymond Schultze, and James Eric Schultze; and sisters, Deborah Marmon and Carol Schultze.


Richard Dean Farrow

Richard FarrowFarrow, 66, of Gilmer, died September 25, 2020. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979. Farrow was in private practice from 1978 to 1995, a judge in the State Office of Administrative Hearings from 1995 to 2003, and in private practice from 2003 to 2020. He enjoyed gardening and puttering around his farm. Farrow liked cooking and perfecting recipes. He loved caring for his family and making memories with his kids. Farrow is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Anne Farrow; son, Mark Edward Farrow; daughters, Diana Marie Farrow and Grace Elizabeth Farrow; brother, Rodney Wayne Farrow; sister, Susan Kay Matthews; and two grandchildren.


Stuart Crow Shelton

Stuart SheltonShelton, 83, of Bowie, died August 26, 2020. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1961. Shelton received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. He was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1979. Shelton practiced family law and criminal defense in Dallas and Tarrant counties through the late 1970s; was deputy prosecuting attorney in Yell County, Arkansas; practiced criminal defense in Dallas, Tarrant, and Montague counties; served as judge in Midland and an administrative judge in Dallas and Tarrant counties; and after a brief retirement, practiced criminal defense law in Montague County for 15 years. He was an avid reader, a master gardener, and a gun collector. Shelton is survived by his wife of 31 years, Linda; sons, Stuart Crow Shelton Jr. and Steven Alexander Shelton; daughter, June Shelton Page; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Robert H. Nicholas Jr.

Robert NicholasNicholas, 77, of Houston, died January 5, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Nicholas was assistant city attorney for Beaumont from 1967 to 1969; assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Beaumont from 1969 to 1973; admiralty attorney for ExxonMobil in Houston from 1973 to 1993, for SeaRiver Maritime in Houston from 1993 to 1998, and for Baker Hostetler in Houston from 1998 to 2008; and was admiralty counsel to Phelps Dunbar in Houston from 2008 to 2020. He enjoyed sailing and operating ham radios. Nicholas is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Nicholas; daughters, Lisa Wood and Elana Richards; brother, Bill Nicholas; sister, Ann Hecker; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Jeptha C. Tatum III

Jeptha TatumTatum, 76, of Bryan, died January 20, 2021. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1968. Tatum received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. He was an associate of Petry & Petry Law Firm in Carrizo Springs from 1974 to 1977, a partner in Morgan, Tatum, DeLong & Wood in Huntsville from 1981 to 1984, and a solo practitioner in Huntsville from 1984 to 1997 and in Bryan from 2013 to 2021. Tatum was a pilot and long-distance kayaker. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda Gotthardt Tatum; sons, Travis Tatum and Bill Tatum; brothers, John Tatum, Robert Tatum, and Jim Tatum; sisters, Teresa Wilkins and Karen Ternes; and two grandchildren.


Arthur S. Gerson

Arthur GersonGerson, 66, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, died February 12, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980. Gerson was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1986 and to practice in Pennsylvania in 1989. He was an associate of Urban & Coolidge in Houston from 1980 to 1982 and Lapin, Totz & Mayer in Houston from 1982 to 1984; associate general counsel to Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1988 to 1991; in private practice in Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1993; associate general counsel to Office Depot in Boynton Beach, Florida, from 1994 to 1995; an associate of Mayer, Brown & Platt in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 1998; and an associate of Rudnick & Wolfe in Washington, D.C., from 1999 to 2001. Gerson was kind, honest, and had a good sense of humor. He enjoyed baseball and thoroughbred racing. Gerson is survived by his wife of 39 years, Janet K. Gerson; sons, Alan Gerson and Matt Gerson; brother, Bruce Gerson; sister, Rita Kreger; and two grandchildren.


Melvin Bateman

Melvin BatemanBateman, 74, of Athens, died January 13, 2021. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. Bateman was a partner in Moore, Bateman & George in Athens from 1972 to 1973, a partner in Bateman & George in Athens from 1973 to 1983, a solo practitioner in Athens from 1983 to 2007, senior partner in Bateman & Bateman in Athens from 2007 to 2016, and a solo practitioner in Athens from 2016 to 2021. He taught real estate law at Trinity Valley Community College. Bateman judged youth and government debates. He was devoted to his family, coached youth sports, and was an avid golfer. Bateman is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judi Bateman; sons, attorney Conor Bateman and Ross Bateman; daughters, attorney Bridget Bateman and Schuyler Bateman; and three grandchildren.


Jimmy Dwain Ivy

Jimmy IvyIvy, 83, of Dallas, died February 26, 2021. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Ivy was an assistant district attorney in Lubbock from 1962 to 1963; an attorney with Witherspoon, Akin, Thomas and Langley from 1964 to 1966; in-house counsel to Employers Insurance of Texas from 1966 to 1969; with various small firms in Dallas, including Spafford Gay Ferro & Ivy, later Ferro & Ivy, from 1971 to 1999; and in private practice from 2000 to 2012. He served for many years as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and pastoral adviser. Ivy served on the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board from 1991 to 1997. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Donna Ivy; sons, Cordell and Timothy Ivy; daughter, Angela Ivy Farley; brother, Ronnie Ivy; and four grandchildren.TBJ

 

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