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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014

Alumni News PACI F I C L AW 53 He retired in February 1988 after serving 22 years on the bench. Dennis Mathews, ’72, died at the age of 77 in Logan, Utah, on Aug. 11, 2013. He was a general practitioner in northwestern Utah for more than 40 years. Robert Milam, ‘75, died on Feb. 3, 2014, at the age of 75 in Davis. He had a distinguished 26-year career with several state agencies. Douglas Miller, ’82, died on Nov. 4, 2013, after a long battle with colon cancer at the age of 65 in Carmichael. His legal career included service as the director of human resources for Crystal Creamery, solo labor law practice in Fair Oaks, and labor analyst with the Sacramento Regional Transit District. Michael A. Pane, ’93, died at the age of 45 of complications from lung cancer on July 2, 2013. He practiced law in New Jersey for 20 years. He was the author of Local Government Law, 4th Edition, published in 2007 in Thomson/West’s New Jersey Practice Series. Jock Penn, ’78, died after a lengthy illness on Oct. 3, 2013, at the age of 71 in Shawano, Wisconsin. A member of the State Bar of California, he did not practice law but enjoyed a long career with the U.S. Postal Service in California. Lynn Rohwer, ’88, died on Oct. 31, 2013, after a long illness at the age of 72 in Woodland. An active member of the Evening Division, she attended law school while raising four children. After a clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, she practiced law for several years representing low-income clients. Her widower, Claude Rohwer, is a professor emeritus of the Pacific McGeorge faculty. Jon Seitz, ’83, died at the age of 66 on May 4, 2013, in Palo Alto after a yearlong battle with leukemia. A specialist in government law, the Grover Beach resident was instrumental in the formation of and served as legal counsel for several special districts throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties. He was a longtime partner in the firm of Shipsey & Seitz. William Frank (Bill) Smith, ’94, died at the age of 54 of heart failure on July 19, 2013, in Davis. After suffering injuries in a car accident that resulted in quadriplegia, he went on to law school, practiced law for the Legal Center for the Elderly and Disabled, and was also heavily involved in community affairs. Tony Stathos, ’63, died at the age of 85 on Dec. 15, 2013, in Sacramento. After a career as an Air Force pilot and 10 years as an elementary school teacher, he practiced law for 45 years before his retirement in 2000. Brooke Birkie Vos, ’88, died of a heart attack at the age of 51 while snorkeling on a family vacation in Lahaina, Hawaii, on April 8, 2013. She practiced law in San Rafael with her husband, John Vos. Faculty David W. Miller died at the age of 76 on Dec. 20, 2013, in Port Saunders, Newfoundland. A former assistant U.S. attorney, he was a member of the faculty for 25 years until his retirement in 2006, teaching Evidence, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Miller served as interim associate dean for academic affairs in the early ’90s, presided over the law school’s Order of the Coif chapter for a decade, and helped overhaul the Appellate Advocacy program.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014
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