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Norbert L. Gold 1924-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Norbert L. GoldNorbert L. Gold, age 93, of Winnetka died peacefully at Evanston Hospital surrounded by his loving family. A diabetic for 77 years, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. His doctors did not think he would live past the age of 30, but he mastered his health by watching his diet and taking his insulin as directed. His health was a challenge in his later years, but he was grateful to the Winnetka Paramedics for always saving his life. In 2004, Eli Lilly honored him with a special recognition for being a diabetic for over 70 years on insulin therapy. 

He graduated from Northwestern University, majoring in English & History, and then received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. He had a long and successful career as an attorney and a real estate appraiser. He worked as an attorney for the Illinois Highway Dept., purchasing farmland for the construction of Highway I-55. He then joined Litton Industries as an attorney and director where he purchased and sold over 100 properties in the Midwest area. While practicing law, he established his own real estate appraisal and brokerage firm where he appraised over 20,000 properties in Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, L.A., and for many banks in the Chicagoland area. He served as an expert witness on property values in Lake and Cook County Courts and Federal Bankruptcy Courts. 

Mark Sargent 1952-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark SargentMark S. Sargent, 65, of Manitowoc, WI, formerly of Springfield on November 12, at The Felician Village, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Mark was born on September 2, 1952 in Springfield, he son of Marian Kienzler Sargent and Steven O. Sargent. He attended Campion High School in Prairie Du Chein, WI and Washington University, St Louis, MO where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate.

Mark practiced law in Springfield. He was preceeded in death by his parents. A devoted Roman Catholic, Mark enjoyed gardening, music, reading and spending time with his family.

Charles S. Watson 1956-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Charles WatsonCharles S. Watson, 61, of Springfield, died on November 15, 2017.

Charles was born September 27, 1956, in Peoria, the son of Judge James R. and Caroline Shinkle Watson. He married Sarah Seiler on July 28, 1979 in Pana, IL.

Charles earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1980, and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He then went on to earn his J.D. from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA in 1983. After moving to Springfield, Charles joined the Office of the Attorney General as an attorney and finished his career in private practice. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Sangamon County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Charles also was president of the Sojourn Shelter and Services Board and was a board member and past president of the board for Springfield Center for Independent Living from 2016–2017. He loved cooking, photography, and anything about Abraham Lincoln.

R. Gerald Barris 1940-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Jerry BarrisR. Gerald Barris, 77, of Springfield, passed away on Monday, Nov. 27 at his residence. Jerry was born on January 26, 1940 in Elwood, IN, the son of Harold E. and Ruth Allen Barris. He married Carolyn Evans on May 17, 1964 in Springfield. 

Jerry graduated from Rich Township East High School in Park Forest, IL in 1958. He then attended Denison University and after graduating from there in 1962, he served as a Ford Fellow and one of the first legislative interns with the Illinois General Assembly from 1962-63. He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in 1963, attended Officer Candidate School in Ft. Benning, GA and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1964. He served a two-year tour of duty in Munich, Germany, for the U.S. Army Intelligence. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in 1966.

Jerry received his J.D. from Washington University in 1969 and joined Sorling Northrup of Springfield in 1972. He was a past chairperson of the Civil Practice and Procedure Section of the Illinois State Bar Association. He was a barrister and past president of the Lincoln-Douglas American Inn of Courts. Jerry was a member of the American Bar Association, The American Association for Justice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Defense Research Institute. Most recently, Jerry was the director of property management for the Secretary of State.

In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, watching sporting events, tennis, and rollerblading. However, his favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren. 

Allen Frederick Bennett 1943-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Allen Frederick BennettAllen Frederick Bennett, 74, of Windsor, Illinois and resident circuit judge of Shelby County, 4th Judicial Circuit, passed away Wednesday, Nov.29, 2017. 

Allen was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, on August 29, 1943, to the late Leo and Donna (Hood) Bennett. The loss of Allen is deeply mourned by his wife, Tina (Lewis) Bennett; children: Tammera Kay McClendon, Allen (Christi) Bennett II, and Trina (Kevin) Bedlington; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters: Katie (Byron) Cartwright, Sally (Jim) Hooten and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Preceding Allen in death were his parents, Leo and Donna and his sister, Suzie (Bennett) Rudin.

Judge Bennett graduated with a business commerce degree from the University of Illinois. He attended law school at the University of Tennessee and received his J.D. in 1967. Judge Bennett was elected state's attorney in Moultrie County starting in 1968. Later he served as a public defender in Macon County. He was elected state representative from Decatur, Illinois, in 1976 serving one term. Allen also served as an assistant attorney general. Allen was a lobbyist for the Fraternal Order of Police, Troopers Lodge #41. Over the years he practiced law privately in Sullivan, Decatur, Springfield, and Shelbyville. He was elected resident circuit judge of Shelby County 4th Circuit in 2012. 

Mike G. Patramanis 1934-2017

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mike Patramanis Mike G. Patramanis, 82, of Moline, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Mike was born on December 12, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of George and Afrodite Ganakakis Patramanis. He graduated from McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids and subsequently from Coe College with a B.A. Degree in Political Science and Economics. While at Coe, he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies. Mike was active in sports and lettered in tennis at both McKinley and Coe. After Coe, he attended the University of Iowa Law School. where he graduated in 1959 with a Juris Doctor Degree.

Mike married Vickie Leousi on June 21, 1964, in Peoria, Illinois. They were married for 53 years and had one son, Dr. George Patramanis, who was born in 1968. George and his wife, Alexia, have three daughters, who have been a joy to their Papou.

In 1959, Mike began his legal career as staff counsel for Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids. In 1964, he moved on to a position at the Rock Island Arsenal as a government attorney with the U.S. Army Weapons Command. During his years with the government, he worked for the various commands on the island holding positions of chief and acting chief counsel. He received numerous honors and awards including the commander’s award for Civilian Service and the award for Meritorious Civilian Service. He retired from the U.S. Army Field Support Command in June 2005 after 42 years of Government services.

Robert Chapman Buckley 1923-2017

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Robert Chapman BuckleyRobert Chapman Buckley, retired Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, was born on August 14, 1923, in Canton, Illinois to Peter Mark and Marguerite nee Waugh Buckley. He died Tuesday, November 28, 2017, surrounded by family in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Justice Buckley attended St. Mel High School in Chicago. After attending Morton Junior College, Justice Buckley enlisted in the Army and immediately joined the Army Air Corps. He served as a pilot, navigator, and radar operator for the 305th Bomb Group, flying daytime raids in B-17 bombers out of Chelveston, England. He was recognized for his service with the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the European Theatre Ribbon with four battle stars, and the Army Commendation Ribbon.

After the war, Justice Buckley returned home and graduated from De Paul University and then went on to Georgetown University, from which his received his Juris Doctorate degree and was a member of the legal fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. While a full-time law student, he worked nights at the U.S. Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. as a Capitol Police Officer.

The day he opened his law office in Chicago, Justice Buckley, then an Air Force reservist, was called to serve in the Korean conflict. He left once again, this time to fly jet refuelers. 

Mark D. Paulson 1965-2017

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark D. PaulsonMark D. Paulson, 52, of Carbondale, formerly of Decatur and Chicago, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.

Mark was a graduate of Eisenhower High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Juris Doctorate, Suma Cum Laude, from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he was also editor of the John Marshall Law Review. He was a proud member of the United States Army Reserves, 347th P&A Battalion, Marion, IL.

He was an attorney and partner for the Chicago law firm of Claussen Miller, P.C. for over 25 years, specializing in complex litigation, before retiring in 2016 due to health issues. He formerly worked on-air in radio news and programming in Carbondale. Mark settled back in Carbondale, in a peaceful cabin, on a serene pond, where he could fish, relax on his hammock, watch sports, play his guitar and entertain beloved friends and family.

In 2008 he published a book, 9/11 and Home, recounting his experiences after witnessing the attacks of 9/11 and being quarantined in a Newark N.J. hotel for the week afterward with thousands of stranded passengers.

John Anderson 1922-2017

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

John AndersonJohn Anderson, a former Illinois congressman, passed away at the age of 95.

Anderson earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1942, and his law degree in 1946. A veteran of World War II, he received a second law degree from Harvard University when he returned hom from the war.

He practiced law in Rockford until 1952. In 1956, he was elected Winnebago County state's attorney, where he served until he won his congressional seat in 1960. He served in Congress until 1981. He sought the Republication presidential nomination in 1980, and ran against Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan as an independent.

When he left politics, he returned to the practice of law, taught, and authored books and editorials.

Anderson is survived by his wife; son John Jr.; daughters Eleanora, Diane, Karen and Susan; and 11 grandchildren.

Elizabeth Westbrooks 1984-2017

Posted on December 14, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Elizabeth WestbrooksElizabeth "Liz" Elaine Westbrooks of Greenville, Illinois, was born on November 17, 1984 in Greenville, and passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully and surrounded by those that loved her most, on November 15, 2017.

After attending Greenville Elementary School and Bond County Community Unit #2 High School, Elizabeth went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2007. She then attended law school and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2010.

Elizabeth was a respected attorney and earned the admiration of her colleagues through her hard work and dedication to her craft. She began her legal career at Bryan Cave, where she worked briefly in the eDiscovery Department. Following her time there, she was an Associate first at Boggs Avellino Lach & Boggs and later at Weidner & McAuliffe between 2011 and 2013. Her early career focus was as a litigator defending insurance companies. Elizabeth then returned to Bryan Cave to serve as a Conflicts Attorney from 2013 through 2016. While there, she excelled in identifying ethics issues and provided attorneys with solutions to resolve conflicts of interest related to new representations. In late 2016, Elizabeth joined Thompson Coburn as Loss Prevention Counsel, where she collaborated with the General Counsel and the Loss Prevention Partners to resolve potential and actual conflicts of interest related to both new representations and incoming firm employees.