Christian Hooley JD ’90 passed away November 1, 2020, at his home in Nehalem, Oregon, surrounded by his loved ones. Chris practiced law in Tillamook, Oregon, for nearly 30 years and was an exceptional husband, father, son, and brother. He was respected and loved by many and will be missed tremendously.
From 1990 to 1999
Robert E. Burney III JD ’91 passed away July 10, 2019, in Portland. He was 59.
Robert was born on August 9, 1959, to Robert Burney II and Virginia Burney in Florida. He spent much of his youth pursuing his passion for cycling; after graduating from Lincoln High School in 1977, he trained for the 1980 and 1984 Olympic cycling teams.
In the early 1980s Robert met and married Tanya Burney. The couple had two children. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College in May 1986, divorced while in law school, and went on to practice personal injury litigation. In 1993, he married Liza Burney, with whom he lived happily in Portland with the boys, their dogs, and Robert’s large bicycle collection.
After some years practicing law, Robert turned his focus to financial services and insurance. He launched his own company, which he ran successfully until his death.
Robert is survived by his sons, Ross and Robby; brother Charles; sister Jessica; mother, Virginia; father, Robert; and wife, Liza.
Stuart Sugarman JD ’91 passed away March 28, 2016, from diabetes-related causes. He was 52 years old.
Stu was born May 16, 1963, in Jericho, New York. He attended Jericho Senior High School and earned a BS in marine science and biology from the University of Miami.
A partner at the Portland law firm Warren & Sugarman, Stu was known for his devotion to providing every defendant with a robust representation. He assisted people in their darkest moments and was known to take even the smallest cases seriously. Stu took on numerous pro bono cases, particularly on behalf of activists. He most recently defended—for free—the seven Greenpeace protesters charged in connection with a 2015 incident during which activists suspended themselves from Portland’s St. Johns Bridge in an effort to halt oil drilling in the Arctic.
Stu was respected and loved by all who knew him. He is remembered for his humor, wit, fairness, honesty, and selflessness. An avid cyclist, Stu was a frequent participator in Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride and Cycle Oregon. He was also a longtime volunteer at the Oregon Country Fair.
Stu is survived by his son, Riley; his mother, Pearl Sugarman; and his siblings Steven and Lori Sugarman, among other relatives.
Julie Kathryn McIntyre LLM ’92 of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away February 18, 2019. She was 63.
Julie was born in Miami, Florida, to James and Sara Grace Fegley. A graduate of Richmond University and Emory University Law School, she was a public defender for a brief time. Julie then entered the air force to serve as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, with assignments at George AFB in California, Andrews AFB in Maryland, and Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. She then worked in the telecommunications industry. Julie’s last civilian job was at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as an environmental staff attorney.
Julie’s hobbies included collecting Native American art, playing and watching golf, and travel. She loved spending time with her five grandsons, two nephews, and her support dog, Gabriel.
Julie is survived by her husband of 24 years, James Howard “Jim” McIntyre; stepchildren James H. “Jimmy” McIntyre Jr. and Molly McDaniel; grandchildren Evan and Graham McIntyre and Connor, Dillon, and Owen McDaniel; siblings Jill Kilgore, Jonathan Fegley, and Jimmy Fegley; nephews Pace Fegley and Wade Fegley; and extended family and friends.
James Blakely Eblin JD ’93 died June 24, 2020. He was 79.
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.
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.
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.
David Albrecht LLM ’98—Rear Admiral, JAGC, USN (Ret.)—died on August 12, 2022. David served in the U.S. Navy for 32 years, the majority of which were spent in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He served with distinction throughout his career and retired as an admiral in 1995. David then went on to be a professor at Concordia University in Portland, where he taught in the School of Management for 18 years.
Gregory Michael Ellis JD ’99 died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on February 7, 2018 in Portland. He was 58 years old.
Greg was born in Corvallis, Oregon, on October 31, 1959, to Lyle Ellis and Helen Sawin Ellis. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, from which he graduated in 1983 with a BA in sociology. During his years at OSU, Greg was involved with Community Outreach, working with crisis intervention teams and training volunteer staff for dealing with community information and referral services. He also served an internship with the Benton County Misdemeanant Parole and Probation Department worked on fire crews for the U.S. Forestry Service during his summers.
Greg spent his senior year of college as an exchange student in the International Division at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. For the next several years, he taught English as a second language in Hiroshima, Osaka, and Kyoto before moving on to teaching and administrative positions at Tokai Gakuen Women’s College in Nagoya.
Greg received an MAT from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1994. In 1996, he decided to pursue his law degree.
In 2013, Greg joined Folktime Riverstone Center and Clackamas County Behavior Health, where he worked in crisis intervention and counseling. He was very dedicated to his job and clients and he will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives he touched.
Greg is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart, Margaret (Risley) Ashmore; his beloved son, Kentaro “Kenny” Lee Ellis, and Kenny’s mother, Takae Fukishima; his parents, Lyle and Helen Ellis; his brother, Glen; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.