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Vol. 49, No. 9 [Page 68]

Colorado Lawyer

October, 2020

In Memoriam

W. Harold Flowers Jr.

March 22, 1946-July 29, 2020

William Harold "Sonny" Flowers Jr. won many battles as a litigator and civil rights ' activist. With the love of his I life Pam, his wife of 40 years, at his side, he lost his last battle to an evil and vicious foe: pancreatic cancer.

Sonny had a ready and radiant smile for everyone. He was a treasured friend, teacher, mentor, guide, and "uncle" to literally hundreds of people, young and old, lawyer And nonlawyer alike.

He grew up in Boulder on Goss Street with his mother Ruth, who was his mentor and a pioneer in her own right. After earning his JD in 1971, he spent a couple of years in the Adams County District Attorney's Office and then entered private practice with Penfield Tate II, formermayor of Boulder. He practiced primarily in Boulder, with a stint at Denver's Holland & Hart. He finished his distinguished legal career at Hurth, Sisk, and Blakemore.

Sonny was a member of too many groups and associations to mention. Among them were the Sam Cary, Boulder, Colorado, and National Bar Associations; the Colorado and American Trial Lawyers Associations; the American Board of Trial Advocates; and the Boulder Community Hospital Board. In each of these he was recognized for his leadership abilities and served as an officer or president. He followed in the footsteps of his father, William Harold Flowers, a national legal and civil rights icon and one of the early presidents of the National Bar Association.

Sonny received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado. He was a dedicated Forever Buff and C Club member, and he rarely missed basketball (men's and women's), football, or women's volleyball games in the past 50 years. He was also an integral part of the law school over the decades. He served CU as president of the Alumni Association's board of directors, chair of the Colorado Law Alumni Board, member of the CU Foundation board, and mentor of Black student-athletes. He helped establish CU's Black Alumni Association and created an endowed scholarship for students of color at both Colorado law schools. In 2016, he was recognized with the Alumni Association's George Norlin Award, and this year, he received its Distinguished Achievement Award.

Sonny was preceded in death by his mother, father, and three siblings, Frances, Thurmond, and Knight. He is survived by siblings Gretchen, Stephanie, Alfred, Alonzo, and Daphne, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Donations in his name may be made to the Penfield Tate II Scholarship Fund through the CU Foundation, penfieldtate-ii-memorial-scholarship-fund.

Edward Munroe Heppenstall

July 24, 1933-April 21, 2020

Edward Munroe "Ned" Heppenstall, 86, passed away on April 21,2020 at his residence at Shawnee PARC in Overland Park, Kansas after a lengthy illness. Ned was also known fondly as "Beef" by his closer friends.

Ned grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating from Shady Side Academy. He earned his BA at Williams College, where he played on the varsity squash and baseball teams and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He earned his JD at the University of Michigan.

Ned practiced law in Colorado for most of his career, specializing in corporate and commercial law. He...

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