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Vol. 50, No. 2 [Page 70]

Colorado Lawyer

February, 2021

In Memoriam

Bruce Temple Buell

March 18, 1932-November 30, 2020

Bruce Temple Buell of Colorado Springs died peacefully at home surrounded by his wife, two daughters and their spouses, two grandsons, and longtime law partner. He was 88.

Bruce was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and lived in Ordway, Colorado, until attending college at Princeton University. He married loan Souders, attended Harvard Law School, did a stint in the Navy as a naval intelligence officer stationed at the Pentagon, attended George Washington Law School, and went on to graduate from the University of Denver Law School in 1958. He then joined Holland & Hart of Denver and became legal counsel of the Colorado Bankers Association for 25 years.

During that time, Bruce took a three-month sabbatical, established a pro bono program of estate planning for the homebound elderly through Denver Legal Aid (known as "Wills on Wheels"), and co-founded the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF). He was also actively involved in the Legal Aid Foundation, which supports Colorado Legal Services.

Bruce became Captain Buell while serving in the Naval Reserve. He moved to Colorado Springs as the managing partner of Holland & Hart of Colorado Springs in 1986. After retiring for one day in 1995, he created the Buell Law Firm with loan as his legal assistant. He and Steve Ezell formed Buell & Ezell, LLP in 2001 and diligently worked together until Bruce retired in May 2019. He was a practicing attorney for 61 years.

Bruce was a brilliant estate planning attorney, but his greatest work is not his professional achievements. It is his years of personal devotion to helping others. Bruce spent 34 years driving weekly to Canon City for Prison Ministry. He, with others, created Koinonia House in Colorado Springs, a halfway house for ex-offenders. Ever sensitive to the needs of the less fortunate, Bruce created Ecumenical Christian Legal Services in 1999, a program by which volunteer Christian attorneys provided triage and follow-up legal services to clients of Ecumenical Social Ministries and Mercy's Gate. He was a longtime board member and chair of the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation and president of the Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation, which both support education initiatives for young people and social services across the state. In addition, Bruce contributed his time and expertise with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation for many years.

Bruce was also a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Working together, Bruce and loan raised three children, Alan, Sue, and Bonnie. Bruce and loan were blessed with six wonderful grandchildren and nine amazing great-grandchildren.

Robert Gordon Fredrickson

August 10, 1926-December21, 2020

Robert G. Fredrickson, 94, died on December 21, 2020. Bob was the third generation from the Fredrickson family to live in and serve the Canon City community. Service and duty were Bob's prevailing life orientations and motivated most of his decisions and actions.

Bob was born on August 10, 1926, in Canon City to C. Arthur and Blanche (Becky) Sharp Fredrickson. He had an older brother, Donald. Graduating from Canon City High School in 1944, Bob attended the...

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