The Honorable Don C.  Weldon (’80)

The Honorable Don C.  Weldon (’80) passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2017. He was appointed in 1995 to Division 2 for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court by Governor Mel Carnahan and was reelected to the position in 1998, 2004 and 2010 until his retirement in December 2016. He also served in the Missouri National Guard.

Mark G. Stingley (’77)

Mark G. Stingley (’77) passed away on July 9, 2017.  Mark was a partner at Bryan Cave and was the global head of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors Rights Client Service Group. He was an adjunct professor at UMKC School of Law from 2007 – 2016.

Howard S. Levitan (’68)

Howard S. Levitan (’68) passed away on June 22, 2017. Howard practiced in Commercial Litigation and Business Litigation until he retired. He donated to many veteran causes. He was awarded the Distinguished Supporter certificate by the World War II Veterans Committee and recognized for support of Team USA on Road to Rio.

Robert Hugh “Bob” Martin (’65)

Robert Hugh “Bob” Martin (’65) passed away April 3, 2017. He was partner in the law firm of Welch Martin and Albano, LLC. In his early career, Bob served as Municipal Judge and Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor. He served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives (1969-1972).  He served in the United States Air Force, where he earned the rank of lieutenant, trained as a pilot, and developed a life-long interest in aviation. He was a charter member of the McComas Airport Board, and, at the time of his death, was the longest serving member of the Board of Trustees of the Junior College District of Metropolitan. 

The Honorable Robert “Bob” Hugh Foerscheler (‘56)

The Honorable Robert “Bob” Hugh Foerscheler (‘56) passed away on April 1, 2017. After law school he became assistant regional counsel for the Small Business Association from 1957-61. In 1961, he joined McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips, PA as an associate. During his time there he served as associate, partner, stockholder, director and officer. In 1987, he was appointed District Judge of Wyandotte County, KS and served in that capacity until 1989. He was then appointed Administrative Law Judge for the State of Kansas, an office he enjoyed holding until his retirement in 2007.

James Daniel Stinnett (‘66)

James Daniel Stinnett (‘66) passed away on January 13, 2017. His law career was interrupted in 1969 by two years of service in the United States Army. In 1972, after returning from military service and passing the bar, James went to work in private practice. In 1975, he left private practice to join the legal staff of Commerce Bancshares and retired as its General Counsel and Secretary in July 2009. Shortly afterward, he accepted an offer from Husch Blackwell to serve as Of Counsel to the firm and served in that capacity until 2015.

Patrick W. “Pat” Peters (‘85)

Patrick W. “Pat” Peters (‘85) passed away on January 21, 2017. Upon graduation, Pat began working as as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri. Within one month of joining the Prosecutor’s Office, he successfully prosecuted his first murder trial. During the eight years he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, he handled over one hundred homicide cases and tried many of the high profile cases during that time, including seven death penalty cases. Pat went into private criminal practice of the law at Peters & Peters Trial Attorneys with his wife, Shelley Peters (’02). Shortly after entering private practice, Pat was appointed in federal death penalty litigation and represented a defendant in the firefighter’s explosion case. Pat handled major felony cases throughout the Midwest, with cases in Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, and Kentucky


Chris Elliott (’79)

Chris Elliott (’79) passed away on December 29, 2016. Chris’ career in the land title industry spanned more than three decades. From 1986 to 1999, Chris was associated with Chicago Title Insurance where he worked as Assistant Regional Counsel. In 1999, he began his association with First American Title Insurance where he was currently Vice-President and underwriting counsel. He was a past board member of the Missouri Land Title Association and was honored in 2007 as the Association’s Title Person of the Year. Chris was also a member of the National, Nebraska and Kansas Land Title Associations.


Clarence A. Conoley (’53)

Clarence A. Conoley (’53) passed away January 30, 2017. Upon graduation from law school, Clarence was hired into the legal department of Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company where he continued to work until his retirement as a senior attorney. Clarence was an Army Veteran and served in World War II.

Carolee Sauder Leek (’59)

Carolee Sauder Leek (’59) passed away on February 28, 2017. She was one of only three female students in her class at the time.  After passing the Kansas bar exam she joined the law firm Wagner, Leek and Mullins. Carolee was the first career women lawyer in Johnson County and a role model for countless women in the Kansas City area. She served as municipal judge of Mission, Kansas from 1965 to 1969.