ROBERT J. GOLTEN

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GOLTEN ROBERT JOSEPH GOLTEN "Bob" Robert Joseph Golten "Bob" was born on February 18, 1933 in Chicago to Mildred Gordon Golten and Felix Golten. Bob died of lymphoma on August 15, 2012. Bob grew up in Hyde Park, Chicago. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1954) and an LLB from Harvard Law School in 1959 after serving a two-year stint in the Army. After law school, Bob embarked on a colorful career as a public interest lawyer. He worked in the federal Justice Department for three years before serving as chief counsel for the Job Corps. As a federal public defender in the early 70's in Washington, DC, he initiated and ran a program for involuntarily committed patients at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Bob subsequently worked as a litigator for the National Wildlife Federation and founded the clinical environmental program at the University of Colorado Law School. In the 1980s Bob worked for a law firm in Boulder serving Native Americans. He served for several years as County Attorney in Summit County, Colorado. In the early 1990's Bob inaugurated the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School. In the late 1990s Bob founded an International Human Rights Law and Advocacy clinical program at the University of Denver, subsequently moved to the University of Wyoming Law School. During this time Bob also helped develop clinical programs at law schools in Slovakia, Azerbaijan, Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Moldova. Bob was married to Mary Margaret Golten (1970 - 1985) and, for the past 21 years, to Joan Brett. He has two daughters, Ryan Golten (Brandt Milstein) and Lauren Golten, whom he considered his most important legacy, as well as two much-loved stepchildren, Claudia Brett Goldin (Peter) and Matthew Brett (Amy), and seven grandchildren - Eli and Sophie Goldin, David, Julia and Rachel Brett, and Amalia and Gus Milstein. Bob leaves an array of rich friendships spanning many decades and miles. In 1989, Bob anonymously established the Special Needs Fund (henceforth known as the Robert Golten Special Needs Fund), which assists Boulder County residents with one-time critical needs such as a bus ticket away from an abusive husband, a housing deposit, or a dental bill. Gifts to the Robert Golten Special Needs Fund, c/o Boulder Valley Women's Health, may be sent to 2855 Valmont Road, Boulder, CO 80301, or by visiting www.boulderwomenshealth.org. Bob left this planet with fond memories, no regrets and with gratitude for a life he deemed well lived. A Memorial Celebration of Bob's life will be held in Boulder, Colorado on September 8, 2012. For details, see www.caringbridge.org/visit/bobgolten.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 26, 2012
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