1960s Class Notes
H. Clayton Cook, Jr., joined the Washington, DC, office of Seward & Kissel as a counsel to assist in the development of the firm’s Washington maritime and maritime finance practice. Cook served as general counsel of the Maritime Administration during the Nixon and Ford Administrations. He is a life member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor in Admiralty).
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees announced in July that Ohio attorney Ronald W. Dougherty has been appointed the interim executive director of the Hall of Fame. Dougherty, a member of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees, also serves as the museum’s general counsel. A lifelong resident of Canton, Dougherty’s Hall of Fame involvement goes back to 1961 when he served as a volunteer member of the civic committee that raised the initial funds to build the museum.
Deeply involved in community projects, Dougherty was recently honored for his community involvement by the Wilderness Center, a non-profit organization, dedicated to nature education, wildlife conservation, natural history research, and community service. He was also the 2002 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce for Community Service. He has been active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the United Way of Central Stark County, Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Stark County Board of Elections, the Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scout of America Buckeye Council, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival for which he has served as General Chairman.
Dougherty has served on the Boards and is the past-president of the Stark County Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He and his wife Carole have a daughter Kerry and a son Russell.
Bob Grogan, an alumnus of Shearman & Sterling, was the subject of an article that appeared in the fall 2004 Alumni@Shearman. The article commended Grogan for his move in taking on the role of program administrator (and the first Corporate Counsel in 30 years) of the Legal Aid Service of Broward County (FL), a not-for-profit corporation, after spending more than 35 years as a corporate lawyer working for, and representing, some of the largest law firms, banks, and business corporations in New York, Chicago, and Miami. In the article, Grogan said that moving from the corporate world to the not-for-profit arena “has given me a whole new perspective and appreciation for the valuable services that legal aid organizations around the country provide.”
Hoyt N. Wheeler was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Faculty of Law in American Studies for 2005–2006 at J.W. Goethe University of Frankfurt in Germany. Wheeler, professor at University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business in Columbia, also co-authored a book, Workplace Justice Without Unions (see In Print).
Peter Arntson was named, for the sixth consecutive year, as a member of Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” for 2004. Arntson practices tax, estates, and trusts law with McCandlish & Lillard in Fairfax, VA.
R. William Ide, III, was honored by the Supreme Court of Georgia with a certificate of appreciation for his leadership of the Supreme Court Committee on Court Technology. Ide served as Chairman of the Committee, which presented its report to the full Supreme Court in a formal ceremony in Atlanta. Ide also serves on the Law School’s Business Advisory Council and is a Past President of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
Arland T. Stein changed firms in May 2005 and is now a partner in Hahn, Loeser & Parks in Ohio. The firm has offices in Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus.
Frank H. Wisniewski of Flaster/Greenberg in Cherry Hill, NJ, was named a 2005 New Jersey Super Lawyer in real estate law by New Jersey Monthly magazine.
Guy Farmer who is a partner practicing in the employment and labor area in Holland & Knight’s Jacksonville, FL, office, was named to Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.
Peter M. Kilcullen retired May 1, after nearly 39 years of active practice in Alexandria, VA. Post-retirement Kilcullen says, “it has been a great journey, and I look forward to volunteer work in Alexandria based on my experiences.” Kilcullen and his wife Holley celebrate 40 years of marriage this year.
Irving Brand was selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in America; Marquis Who’s Who in American Law; Marquis Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals for 2005. Brand is Vice President for staff labor relations at NBC, Inc., in New York.
William H. May was appointed member of the Zoological Society of San Diego on May 9. May is the vice president, general counsel and secretary of Beckman Coulter Inc., a $2.4 billion annual revenue manufacturer of biomedical testing systems with 10,000 employees worldwide.
Although a resident of Orange County, CA, May has been involved with the Zoological Society for a number of years through direct participation in its committees and through his work with the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. “Bill has been an active participant in our marketing committee,” said Yvonne Larsen, president of the Zoological Society. “We are pleased that he will be bringing his expertise with boards and governance to the deliberations of the Zoological Society of San Diego.”
Guy K. Tower is currently the director of educational services in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and becomes executive director of the Virginia Bar Association on September 1.
Formerly a shareholder and director of Kaufman & Canoles’s Norfolk and Virginia Beach offices, Tower, a certified mediator, was also a founding member of The McCammon Group, a provider of alternative dispute resolution services.
In a letter sent last week to Association leaders, VBA President James V. Meath of Richmond wrote, “Guy is highly respected by the bench and bar, and brings a wealth of experience in many areas to this position. We are truly fortunate to have found a new executive leader who is already so familiar with the VBA, its members and its various areas of responsibility. This fall, the VBA will begin a new chapter of its illustrious history as the leadership transition begins.”
Wallace Winter received the Public Interest Law Initiatives annual Distinguished Public Service Award in December for his 34 years of work as a poverty lawyer in Chicago. Winter was recognized for his dedication, and his effective and innovative contributions to the practice of public interest law. Winter is currently the director of the disability law project at Chicago’s Legal Assistance Foundation.
J. William Lewis retired from the practice of law on February 28 and underwent heart surgery the next day. He writes that since he remains “above the grass,” he is busily following other pursuits.
Julious P. Smith, Jr., was re-elected as chairman and chief executive officer of the board of directors at Williams Mullen in Richmond. He will serve a three-year term. Williams Mullen has 250 attorneys and offices in Virginia, Washington DC, and London.
Martha Ballenger was appointed assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Virginia School of Law, replacing Beverly Harmon who moved to Houston in May. Ballenger was most recently with Moore & Van Allen in Charleston, where her practice focused mainly on business transactions. From 1979 to 1982, Ballenger taught contracts, juvenile courts, and bioethics at the Law School. She currently serves as vice president of the Law School Foundation’s Board of Trustees. See related story