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Hon. Robert C. Laws, a Vanderbilt football star in the 1950s, died on Thursday August 27th at age 85 Read his full obituary herePosted 12.2.20.

Frank Bond Dodson (BA '55) died September 3, at the age of 86. Frank graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1955 and the Law School in 1962.  He is survived by son, David and daughter-in-law Michelle and two grandchildren, Connor and Kaitlyn, Nashville. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.  He practiced law in Tennessee for 40 years and was admitted before the United States Supreme Court.  For 13 years he was a Navy Fighter Pilot and held a commercial pilot's license.  He was a certified scuba diver and loved golf, skiing, tennis and Bridge.  He was president of the Downtown Kingsport Association, Kingsport, TN.  Posted 11.12.19

Thomas Ray Allen (BA’60) died April 14. He was 81. Tom graduated as the Founder's Medalist for his law class and joined the U.S. Army JAG Corps, stationed at the Pentagon. After his service, he earned an LL.M. at Harvard Law School before entering private practice. Tom practiced law in Florida for 50 years, specializing in corporate and tax law and estate planning. He earned an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida in 1990.  An avid traveler and sportsman, his interests included tennis, the Orlando Magic, camping, hiking, white-water rafting, reading and art. Tom is survived by Beverly Bidwell, his love of 14 years, three daughters, and seven grandchildren.  Posted 5.2.19

William M. Hames died July 30. While in Law school, he was order of the coif and editor in chief of the law review. After law school he joined the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill, & Brennan where he practiced his entire career. Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife Doris Hames, his two children, Donia Hames Robinson and Adam M. Hames, a daughter in law Mary C. Hames and two granddaughters Lauren M. Hames and Kelsey A. Hames. Posted 9.05.2018

Jerry L. Patterson died June 20. He was 84. Jerry served in the Korean war and earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt. He was an educator, world traveler, and a writer of short novels and poetry. He is survived by his wife, Virginia and five grandchildren. Posted 6.28.18

Dan P. Whitaker of Tennessee died August 8. He was 84. Dan served in the Unites States Air force during the Korean Conflict. He then attended Memphis State University before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. In 1963, he moved to Lewisburg to begin the practice of law with Shelby Haywood, forming the law firm of Haywood and Whitaker. He engaged in a busy practice and established a reputation as a fierce trial lawyer and dedicated advocate, serving the Marshall County community and the State of Tennessee for 52 years. He also served as legal counsel for the Lewisburg Water and Wastewater Board for 31 years. Dan was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Marshall County Bar Association, and served on the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn and five children.Posted 8.17.17

David Early Caywood (BA’59) of Memphis, died September 7. He was 79. After law school, David moved to Memphis and joined the firm of Burch Porter & Johnson. In April of 1968, he was part of the team of lawyers led by his then-father-in-law, who represented Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the Memphis Sanitation Strike.  Later that year, David received the Newspaper Guild’s “Citizen of the Year” award for his contributions attempting to settle the strike and calm the city in the wake of the assassination of Dr. King. In 1970, he founded his own law firm and continued as a trial lawyer, focusing on family law. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Memphis Bar Association. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the first member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in the State of Tennessee. In 2011, the University of Memphis Law School honored him with the “Pillar of Excellence” Award, and in 2013 he became president of the Leo Bearman Inn of Court. Posted 9.15.16

Ben Kingree III (BA’56) died March 6. He was 80. Ben was a Tennessee native. He served in the U.S. Marines before law school, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and an associate editor of the Law Review.  Ben became a partner with Bobo Tarply & Kingree in Shelbyville, Tennessee, before moving to Atlanta. There he joined Carter & Ansley where he became a senior partner. He is survived by his wife and their four children. Posted 5.20.15

Paul Kent Harrell (Kent) died June 19, 2014. Kent was a well-respected CPA partner with KraftCPAs and a community leader for numerous organizations. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Becky, and their three children. Posted 7.16.14

Edwin R. Render died January 4 in Louisville, Kentucky. For 45 years, from 1968 to December 2013, he was a member of the faculty of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, where he taught property, evidence, and labor law. He was an active member of the Louisville and American Bar Associations, the Louisville Labor Management Committee, the American Arbitration Association, and the National Academy of Arbitrators. He was on the Executive Board of the U.S. Branch of the International Society of Labor Law and Social Security. For many years he was an active arbitrator; on one occasion determining the winner of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. He was a founding member of the Brandeis School of Law's Carl A. Warns Labor and Employment Law Institute, and supervised it for many years. Edwin is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce M. Render; his son; and four grandchildren. Posted 1.14.13

Carl K. Kirkpatrick Jr. (BA'59) died November 26. Carl was the District Attorney General in the Second Judicial District of Sullivan County for 28 years. In 1993, Carl was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He served in this capacity with distinction until 2000. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen. Posted 12.13.13

Robert ZieglerRobert P. Ziegler, age 77, died September 17. Bob was born and raised in Nashville, where he attended Woodmont Grammar School and the Old Duncan Preparatory School. Bob served his country in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean conflict, and he returned to the U.S. where, upon his discharge, he attended Tennessee Tech before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt Law School. Upon graduation, Bob practiced law with honor and distinction in Nashville until his death. Bob was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church and he was a member of many professional and social organizations. Pallbearers at a service honoring Bob included Aubrey Harwell Jr. (BA'64, JD'67) and honorary pallbearers included Vince Wehby (LLB'61). Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia McKnight; two step-daughters; three step-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Posted 9.24.12

Charles H.M. Beatty Jr. (BA'62), of Silver Spring, Maryland, died May 17. Charlie is survived by two sons; and three grandchildren. Posted 9.13.12

David Caywood '62 reflects on 50 years in law - Daily News - Memphis Law Talk - January 26, 2012 - David Caywood, who owns his own law practice in Memphis, was profiled in the Memphis Daily News. Caywood established his own legal practice focusing on divorce cases in 1970. Posted 1.27.12

D. Austin Stubblefiled II, 73, died unexpectedly in his sleep December 10, 2010. He was a resident of Collierville, TN, where he moved from Miami three years ago in order to be near his daughter and granddaughter. Austin graduated from Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate and from Vanderbilt Law School. There he met his wife of 49 years, Harriet Henderson Stubblefield. He practiced law in Kentucky for ten years before becoming a vice-president of Holiday Inns. He then went into business for himself, owning companies that dealt with real estate and with financial services. He was known as a gentleman and a generous mentor to others in their own business careers. Austin was an enthusiastic traveler and visited several continents. He was active over the years in various civic organizations as well as the Episcopal Church. He enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow members of the International Wine and Food Society, both in Miami and in Memphis. He currently served on the Board of Governors for North America for that organization. He is survived by his wife and his daughter and granddaughter. Posted 12.15.10

Phillip Lyle Brooke, age 71, died November 12, 2008, in Jackson, Mississippi, after a long illness. Phillip was born in Joliet, IL and he graduated from Joliet Township High School. He is the son of the late Lyle Thomas Brooke and Dorothy Bell Brooke of Joliet; brother of George Brooke (Elodie) of Kirkwood, MO and Bruce Brooke (Sue) of Memphis, TN. He is survived by two daughters, Ashley Brooke and Louisa Brooke of Dallas, TX, several cousins, nephews, and a niece. Phillip graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959, majoring in chemistry, and with honors from Vanderbilt Law School. He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and the fencing team. He worked several years as a patent lawyer for Procter & Gamble Corporation in Cincinnati, OH before engaging in private practice in Memphis, TN as a partner with the former law firms of Rosenfield, Borod, Fones & Bogatin and Williams, Benham, Darden, McNeil & Brooke. He later served as general counsel for W. R. Grace Companies' chemical division in Memphis. He is a former member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee and Shelby County Bar Associations, and he enjoyed an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to being an accomplished pianist, he was fond of sailing, chess and reading a good book. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the donor's favorite charity or Calvary Rescue Mission of Memphis, TN. Services were November 15 at the Elmhurst Cemetery Chapel in Joliet. Posted 12.2.08

Wm. Donald Overbey, 70, of Murray, Kentucky, died September 8, 2007, at his home following an extended illness. Mr. Overbey was an attorney at law and also a member of The First United Methodist Church. He was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Murray in 1962. His academic achievements include an A.B. degree from Murray State University in 1959, a Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1962, including the Vanderbilt University Law Review from 1960-62. He served as a Murray city prosecutor from 1965-1969 and 1974-1975, city judge from 1970-1974, city attorney from 1981-2004, attorney for the Murray Board of Education from 1971-2001, and assistant county attorney under Randy Hutchens from 1999-2002. Mr. Overbey was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, original member of the continuing legal education commission trial judge, and was also a member of the Calloway County Bar Association. Surviving are his wife, Sue Overbey of Murray; a daughter, Stacy Overbey Vaccani of Zollikon, Switzerland; two sons, Mark William Overbey of Atlanta and Jonathan Charles Overbey of Carlsbad, California, and five grandchildren.

James Epps III, municipal attorney of Johnson City, Tennessee died at home October 19, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. With more than 40 years representing Johnson City, he was the longest-serving municipal attorney in the state and among the longest tenured in the nation.