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William Leo Dunbar May 24, 1925 - Jan. 18, 2010 Retired Superior Court Judge and Captain USNR Judge Advocate Corps. Member of Rotary Club of Oakland. Preceded in death by wife, Joan, and sister, Jane Nelson. Survived by sons Peter, Michael and John and five grandchildren. Born May 24, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. In February 1945 graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Business Administration and commissioned as Navy Ensign. Served on an assault cargo ship in the Pacific during World War II. Awarded one battle star. After the war, Judge Dunbar graduated from Northwestern Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. In 1953, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as a management analyst and business writer until 1963, when he began practicing law in Oakland, Calif., as a civil trial lawyer. In 1986, he was appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court. As a Naval reserve lawyer, he organized and chaired legal seminars for military lawyers of all services. He recruited and led volunteer Navy Reserve lawyers providing free legal services to military men and women and their dependents. He commanded several reserve legal units and served on the staffs of the 12th Naval District Readiness Commander and the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet. He also served as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Oakland, and on boards of the Alameda County Bar Association, Legal Aid Society and Alameda-Contra Costa County Trial Lawyers Association, and on the Oakland Catholic Diocese Interracial Council, Social Justice Commission and Catholic Youth Organization. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at St. Anne''s Catholic Church, 1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Alzheimer''s Foundation, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10001 or Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 31, 2010
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