James Blakely Eblin JD ’93 died June 24, 2020. He was 79.
Class of 1993
Eric Wilson Hartmann JD ’93 died surrounded by loved ones on March 23, 2022, at Cove’s Edge in Damariscotta, Maine. He was 58.
Eric was born in Santiago, Chile, to Shannon (Wilson) and William Hartmann. As a young person, he also lived in Germany and multiple U.S. locations. Along the way, Eric had the opportunity to visit and ski a variety of mountains, an activity that became one of his greatest loves.
Eric graduated from San Marino High School in California and Middlebury College in Vermont. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he worked for several years as a ski instructor at Teton Village in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and was a fly-fishing guide on the Snake River. In law school, he focused on environmental law.
While in Oregon, Eric continued to ski, rock climb, mountain bike, and fish. Shortly after graduating, he met Heather Burt. Eric and Heather spent a great deal of time exploring the far reaches of Oregon and the slot canyons of Utah. In 1998, they married in Edgecomb, Maine, where they eventually built their home.
Eric worked for Patagonia; cofounded a vegetarian restaurant with his spouse and his mother-in-law, Andy Burt, in Boothbay Harbor; and wrote a book. His daughter, Mira, was born in 2007. Eric began working for CDI Meters in Woburn, Massachusetts, the following year and remained there until early 2022.
Eric was a devoted father and instilled in Mira a love of nature and outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader, enjoyed sailing on Penobscot Bay, and listened to an eclectic range of music. He is survived by his wife of 23 years; his daughter; father Bill; brothers Addison and Will; and in-laws Stephen and Andy Burt.
Janice (Jan) Hirsch JD ’93 passed away on October 16, 2014, after a battle with cancer. Jan was born March 21, 1950, in Agana, Guam, to Lt. Col. Arthur Miles Holtorf and Marilyn Jean (Lee). She graduated from Pullman High School in Washington in 1967 and from Washington State University in 1989, having spent several of the intervening years raising a family and working as a legal assistant.
Following Jan’s graduation from Lewis & Clark Law School, she began practicing employment and labor law. She worked for a couple of firms before going out on her own in 2006. Jan also served with many community organizations—including the Rotary Club, the Royal Rosarians, and her HOA board—and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
Jan is survived by her two brothers, two children, two grandchildren, two nieces, and two nephews.
Lara Louise Skidmore JD ’93 died July 7, 2019, the day after her 50th birthday, of cancer after a long and heroic fight.
Lara grew up in Southeast Portland with parents Dotty and Mike, and brother Lance. She attended Cleveland High School, where she was captain of the varsity volleyball team and an Oregon Scholar. Lara earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in 1990. In 1992, she married John Skidmore, with whom she had two sons, Ben and Jacob, who were the lights of her life.
While still in law school, Lara began working at Bonneville Power Administration, in the Transmission Branch and the Office of General Counsel. In 2002, she began work at PacifiCorp, eventually becoming associate general counsel. Lara joined Troutman Sanders in 2007 and in 2010 became the office managing partner for the firm’s Portland office. In 2017, she married John Moot and gained three wonderful stepchildren, Taylor, Ryan, and Rebecca. She also had two fantastic dogs, Delilah and Peanut.
Lara was proud of her work and grateful for her law firm’s unwavering support in building the Portland office of Troutman Sanders. She was also thankful for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful clients and to have had the chance to develop and support many women in their careers both within and outside of Troutman Sanders.