Derek R. Moorehead (’96)

Derek R. Moorehead (’96) passed away on July 17, 2018. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Harold Lowenstein at the Missouri Court of Appeals.  He started the law firm of Larsen Moorehead LLC in 1999. Mussen, Moorhead and Rank, LLC followed in 2003. He worked at UMKC as an academic advisor before opening his own private practice. In January 2015, Derek became the Chief Executive Auditor for Cass County.

William G Lueckenhoff (’79)

William G Lueckenhoff (’79) passed away on July 27, 2018. After graduation from UMKC, Will joined the FBI as a Special Agent. During his 25 year career, he served in a number of FBI field offices across the country and at FBI Headquarters in Washington. After retiring from the FBI, Will worked in a number of private sector security positions including more than two years in Iraq as a law enforcement advisor to the military. When he returned to Kansas City, he worked for Catholic Charities and as a private investigator.

Darwin Emil Johnson (LLM ’78)

Darwin Emil Johnson (LLM ’78) passed away on August 21, 2018. He practiced law for 50 years in Kansas and Missouri. Darwin also was in the U.S. Army and Reserves for 30 years when he retired as a colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corp.

Richard H. Heilborn (’49)

Richard H. Heilborn (’49) passed away on June 18, 2018. Dick was commissioned in the United States Army Air Force in 1944 and served in the Western Pacific. After WWII, Dick returned to school and earned a law degree at the University of Kansas City School of Law. After obtaining his law degree, he became a personal injury defense trial attorney for Farmers Insurance and the founding partner in the Heilbron and Powell Law Firm.

Max W. Foust (’54)

Max W. Foust (’54) passed away on March 7, 2018. He attended night school at Kansas City School of Law. Upon being admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1955, he formed his own law firm where he practiced as an active litigator, trial lawyer and mentor for over 50 years. He served as president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and president of The University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Foundation. He was named and listed in the national publication, “Best Lawyers in America,” a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American and Missouri Bar Associations. He co-founded, served on the Board of Directors and was a longtime member of the Red Bridge Mercantile Bank.

Hon. Charles Lee Stitt (’68)

The Honorable Charles Lee Stitt (’68) passed away on February 12, 2018. He was a retired associate circuit judge of the Jackson County Circuit Court. Three years after law school, he was elected to the Jackson County Bench, where he served for 30 years. Before law school, he served in the United States Marine Corps and attained the rank of Captain.

August V. “Gus” Spallo (’60)

August V. “Gus” Spallo (’60) passed away on February 5, 2018. He was a retired attorney who served as the Chief, District Counsel of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District.

William Ray Cowan (’96)

William Ray Cowan (’96) passed away on December 4, 2018. 

Robert L. Bevan (‘57)

Robert L. Bevan (‘57) passed away on December 3, 2017. Robert graduated first in his law school class. He was an attorney in D.C. for U.S. Senators Hennings & Long & American Bankers Assn. He also worked for the Stinson Law Firm. He was an Army Veteran in WWII and Korea.

Hon. John B. Williams (’73)

Hon. John B. Williams (’73) passed away on November 25, 2017. After law school he worked as a Kansas City Missouri City Assistant Prosecutor and then went in to private practice. He was appointed as County Counselor. John was appointed to Judge of the Kansas City Municipal Court and served 20 years on bench until his retirement. He was an active and valued member of the American Judges Association.