Julie Marie (b. 1962) transitioned Nov. 16 in Gatineau, Canada, with Chris & Gillian, children; Lisa Kosmond Helmuth, sister, & Michel Murray, husband of 30 yrs by her side. She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond James (1968); parents James (2016) & Nancy (1996), and nephew James Helmuth (2013) and leaves behind her cherished nephew Jack Benjamin Helmuth. Julie was a scholar, an artist (sketch, oils), a loyal & loving friend, an investigator, writer, & "muckraker," receiving acclaim for uncovering governmental abuse of power with reliable/creative coverage of local news in Aylmer.
Julie's brilliance is reflected in her formal (Undergrad, Masters in Arts, Doctor of Law (J.D.), and informal education. She graduated U of I Champaign-Urbana (1984) & attended the Sorbonne in Paris (twice). She excelled at the University of Chicago, Master of Arts (MA) Humanities (1989), servicing at the editor of U of C's "Maroon," newspaper and writing a Master's thesis (in French) on the 19th Century symbolist poetry of Charles Baudelaire. There she excelled in writing, Russian literature, and enjoyed studying the works of Carl Jung. She later received her Doctorate of Law (J.D.) in 1995 from the University of Colorado Boulder, (Torts, Contracts, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Accounting, Criminal Law (Graduated 19th of 163), As a student, she served as Production Editor of the University of Colorado Law Review and also found time to serve as Editor of the Amicus Alumni Magazine. Julie also published a law review article (widely cited in US court cases) on the use of repressed memories as evidence in sexual abuse trials, again earning a prestigious legal writing award.
Julie was an artist -- drawing, music, photography, public speaking & writing. An award winning investigative reporter, she worked to make the world a better place. Her insatiable curiosity led her to read voraciously & travel widely in the US, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. While in Boulder Julie fell in love with nature -- hiking, running, meditating, and beginning her life journey of following Tom Brown, Jr., an acclaimed animal tracker and wildlife expert. Despite her accomplishments, Julie loved simplicity, love, and kindness. Julie was thoughtful, kind, and generous -- always there to listen and support people who were lonely, sad or suffering. Rest in Peace, our beautiful Julie -- till we meet again.
Published by Chicago Tribune from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2021.