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In Memoriam

Hon. Curtis Calvin Carson Jr., L'46 of Philadelphia, Pa., died June 19. Judge Carson served as chairman of the legal redress committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP during the 1960s. He was appointed to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas in 1971 and was elected to successive terms until becoming a senior judge in 1990. He retired in 1995. He is survived by two sons, Curtis and Gregory; a daughter, Carol Ann; and two grandchildren.

Ronald B. Myrter , L'53 of Broomall, Pa., died on Aug. 6. He was an attorney for Cigna Insurance Co. in Philadelphia. Mr. Myrter was born in Curwensville, Pa. and graduated from the University of Notre Dame before attending Penn Law School. He Mr. Myrter is survived by his wife, Carole (Shupe); sons, Bernard, Thomas and Stephen; daughter, Mary Lamb; father-inlaw, Joseph Shupe; and five grandchildren.

George S. Webster , L'51 formerly of Philadelphia, died on Feb. 11. He served in the infantry in Europe with Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army during World War II, before graduating from Harvard University and Penn Law. He was general counsel of UGI Corporation for 12 years. Following his retirement, he was active in the health care field as chairman of the Pennsylvania Health Hearing Board and as vice chairman of the board of Methodist Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. He is survived by his brother, Maurice A. Webster, Jr.; and his sister Helen Webster Peterkin.

S. Robert Winstanley , WEv'40, W'48, L'51 of Glenside, Pa., died on Dec. 31, 2010. Mr. Winstanley was a former bank examiner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and his sisters, Mary and Marge Winstanley.

Edward P. Little Jr., L'53 of Montrose, Pa., died April 25. He was district attorney of Susquehanna County for three consecutive four-year terms. Mr. Little was a Navy veteran of World War II and practiced law at his office in Montrose for more than 57 years. He is survived by his daughter, Lucinda Vermetter and her husband; two grandchildren; and two nieces.

Michael Stack Jr., L'54 of Philadelphia, died July 13. Mr. Stack held a number of political positions during his life, including deputy state attorney general of Pennsylvania, general counsel of the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the Redevelopment Authority, and director of the state Community Action Program. Mr. Stack was an Army veteran who served from 1945 to 1947. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School in the 1960s and taught at Saint Joseph's University. He was working on an autobiography. He is survived by his wife, the Hon. Felice (Rowley); sons, Senator Michael J. Stack, III and Patrick; daughters Eileen Mirsch, Theresa Nardi and Carol Poggio; and 11 grandchildren.

Lawrence R. "Bud " Brown Jr., L'56 formerly of Villanova, Pa., died July 15 at his home in Hilton Head, S.C. After graduating Penn Law, Mr. Brown worked as a lawyer for Duane, Morris & Heckscher in Philadelphia for two years. In 1958, he joined Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co., where he worked until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Vanderford); a son, Lawrence R. Brown III; a daughter, Carolyn; and seven grandchildren.

Hon. James F. McClure Jr., L'57 of Lewisburg, Pa., died Dec. 17, 2010. Judge McClure practiced law in Lewisburg until 1984, when he was appointed to Court of Common Pleas of the 17th Judicial District. The next year, he was elected to a 10-year term. He was appointed United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1990 and elected senior status in 2001. Judge McClure graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College and served nearly two years in the U.S. Army before attending Penn Law. He graduated cum laude and was a member of Order of the Coif and the editorial board of the Law Review. Judge McClure is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Lou; five daughters and sons-inlaw; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Leigh W. Bauer , L'62 of Gwynedd Estates and formerly of West Mt. Airy, Pa., died on June 22. He was a managing partner at the Philadelphia law firm of Diamond, Polsky & Bauer, where he worked for almost 50 years. Additionally, Mr. Bauer taught Legal Studies at the Wharton School until December 2010, when he retired just shy of completing 50 years of teaching. He is survived by his wife, Delores; a daughter, Beth Montanari; a son, Steven; a stepson, Leonard Parks, Jr.; a sister; six grandchildren; and his former wife, Lyn Bauer.

Steven A. Arbittier , C'60, L'63 of Rydal, Pa., died May 14. After graduating Penn Law, Mr. Arbittier joined the firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen in Philadelphia. He left to be a partner at Ballard Spahr in 1995. He had been senior counsel at Ballard since 2007. He is survived by his wife Helen "Lynne" (Polin); daughters, Lauren Davis, Meredith Shatoff, Jennifer Williams and Elizabeth Arbittier; sons, Robert and Douglass; two brothers; and 12 grandchildren.

Jonathan Rowe , L'71 of Point Reyes Station, Calif., died March 20. After graduating from Penn Law, Mr. Rowe served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was a contributing editor to The Washington Monthly and Yes! and had been a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor. He also contributed articles to Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Reader's Digest, and The Columbia University Journalism Review. He was a member of the board of directors of the Marin Media Institute and co-founded the Tomales Bay Institute and the West Marin Commons Project. Mr. Rowe is survived by his wife, Mary Jean, and son, Joshua.

Miriam G. Wallach L'73 of New York City, died on April 11. She practiced law in New York at Shearman & Sterling until her retirement. Born in Romania, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors from Bernard College before attending Penn Law. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Eric; children Katie, Emily and Peter; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; a granddaughter; a sister-in law; a brother-in-law; a niece; and a nephew.

Karin Iest GL'77 died in May 2011, shortly after her 60th birthday. After her first law degree in her native Holland, she came to pursue graduate studies in the U.S., concentrating on the field of labor law. At Penn, she found her mentor in Clyde Summers, whom she hugely respected and admired. On her return to Holland after graduation, she first worked for a leading Amsterdam law firm and then joined the law faculty at the University of Groningen, teaching and writing on labor law. There she completed her doctoral thesis on comparative employee complaint procedures in Holland and America, dedicated to Clyde Summers. In 1996 she started her own practice, and became a pioneer in Holland in the use of mediation in employment matters – she served as president of the Group Employment Relations of the Dutch Mediation Institute. Throughout, Karin retained great affection for Penn, and she was from its origins a keen participant in the annual meetings of PLES, the Penn Law European Society. Her premature death seems particularly cruel as she had staged a remarkable recovery from horrific injuries sustained in 2002 when she was struck from behind by a car that mounted the sidewalk while she was walking in Amsterdam. She is remembered by her many friends for her warm personality, with a sensitive understanding of people, her extremely generous spirit and, always, an enormous sense of fun.