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Class of 1996

  • 05/21/2021

    Mark E. Brody JD ’96 passed away in 2009 from kidney disease. He was 44.

    Mark courageously faced the same hereditary kidney disorder that claimed the lives of his mother and most of her siblings. At least nine other relatives survive Mark only by virtue of receiving successful kidney transplants. Mark himself suffered kidney failure in his early twenties. Although he received a kidney donation from his dad, his body rejected the transplant. At the time of his death, Mark was the longest-living hemodialysis patient in Alaska. 

    Mark accomplished much in his short life, in spite of his illness. He graduated from the University of Alaska in Anchorage with an accounting degree. Although he passed the Alaska Bar exam on his first attempt, his health precluded him from his dream of practicing law.

  • 11/02/2015

    Brian Orazetti JD ’96 lost his valiant fight with brain cancer on October 11, 2015. He was 48 years old.

    Brian was born August 1967 in Portland. He graduated from Beaverton High School in 1985 and the University of Oregon with a BA in biology and psychology in 1988. He was admitted to the California bar in 1998.

    Brian worked for several firms before creating his own practice in Morro Bay, California, in 2006. Specializing in medical malpractice and employment discrimination, he loved to fight for the underdog and defend those who could not otherwise protect themselves in court.

    Brian spent his last days at home in the loving embrace of his family and friends. He leaves behind his parents, Penny Harrington and Richard Orazetti; brother Ricardo Orazetti; aunt Roberta Webber; uncle Michael Ledyard; the mother of his child, Siobhan O’Toole, who is herself walking with cancer; and the light of his life, his beloved daughter Aine Eileen O’Toole, who is 12 years old.


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