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Kenneth Lance Haddix, age 78, of Marina del Rey, California, born in Breathitt County, Kentucky, died January 13, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. He was the beloved husband of Madelynn S. Haddix, Ph.D. (née Schlutz). Lance was the loving father of Buck Nathan Haddix, Esq., of Marina del Rey, California, and Chase Haddix (Toni) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and dear grandfather of Sarah Barnes Haddix and Elizabeth Barnes Haddix. He was the devoted son of William Hobart Haddix (deceased) and Edna Mae (née Moore) Haddix (deceased). Lance was the beloved son-in-law of Norman Schlutz (deceased) and Rella E. (née Ginsberg) Schlutz (deceased), as well as a dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and nephew. He was a cherished friend to many. Lance attended Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio (1953-1956). As a high school student, he earned top prize in both piano and clarinet statewide, juried performances. He participated as a clarinetist in the school marching band. Lance graduated from Flint Central High School, Flint, Michigan (1957). He served the band and orchestra as concert master and first chair clarinet. Lance was awarded the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, woodwind scholarship. He was accomplished as both a classical and jazz musician, in piano performance and on all reed instruments. Lance was the historically youngest to be elected to the American Academy of Poets. He attended the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1957-1961), having received a full academic scholarship. Lance was Editor-in-Chief and staff writer for the Chicago Maroon, and served as President of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree, English (University of Chicago, 1961). Lance attended Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan (1961-1964). He was a University of Michigan Ford Foundation Fellow. As such, Lance was granted an internship with State Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Stanley G. Thayer, R-Michigan (1963-1964). He received an LLB (1964) from Wayne State University Law School and the JD (1968). Lance served as Head Council and Trust Officer of Gary Wheaton Bank, Wheaton, Illinois (1965-1968). He was Attorney for the Real Estate Department and Secretary of the Loan Committee, American National Bank, Chicago, Illinois (1968-1970). Lance was appointed State Director of Mutuels (Illinois Racing Board), during the administration of Governor Dan Walker, D-Illinois (1973-1977). He served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois ACLU (1976-1981). He twice appeared as attorney of record for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, both cases won 9-0 (1979 and 2001). He was in private practice in both Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. In more recent years, Lance specialized in consultancy for business organizations, with regard to financial transactions. A private service was attended by the immediate family of Kenneth Lance Haddix. A final blessing was given by the Reverend Charles Bratt, retired as Pastor of the Free Methodist Church, Syracuse, New York. The family will celebrate Lance's life at a private gathering to be held February 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, California. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Kenneth Lance Haddix to the Los Angeles Opera, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, California 90012 (213-972-7277; <https://www.laopera.org/>) or to a foundation or . Online condolences can be expressed at CarterFuneralHome.com.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, 2018
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