85, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 13, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorie, and four children, Barbara Grauel (Ned), Virginia Davie, Stephen (Dee), and William Taylor (Gayle) and nine grandchildren. A Denver native, he graduated from East High, the Colorado School of Mines (PE), and received his law degree from the University of Virginia. Bill was a trial lawyer in Denver for 21 years. In 1971, Governor John Love appointed him to the Colorado Supreme Court. He served on that court for 25 years, being Chief Justice from 1983-1985. Very active in the legal community, he was on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, a Director at the National Judicial College, President of the Denver Bar Association, Award of Merit from the Colorado Bar Association, on the faculty of NYU Appellate Judges School, Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Washington and Lee University, he chaired the Columbine Review Commission created by Governor Owens. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and President of the International Society of Barristers, on the Council of the American Law Institute. He received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree from the Colorado School of Mines. Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care; 4350 Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 250; Wheat Ridge, CO 80033; or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, michaeljfox.org. Memorial Service Wednesday, 2pm January 20th at St. Luke's United Methodist Church 8817 S. Broadway. To extend on line condolence please go to www. fairmount-mortuary.com.
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Published in Denver Post from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2010