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John R. Shank (’78)

John R. Shank (’78) passed away on October 7, 2019. John initially worked in private practice and served as an assistant public defender in Clay Co. He then practiced law with Michael Gunn and many other esteemed colleagues for 38 years.

John Francis Baty (’13)

John Francis Baty (’13) passed away on October 19, 2019. He practiced at the law firm of Baty Otto Coronado, PC. Alongside his father Lee Baty and his sister Laura Kaufman.

Stephen Carl Caruso (’72)

Stephen Carl Caruso (’72) passed away on August 16, 2019. He practiced law in the Kansas City area for over 30 years. Steve served in the Marine Corps during the Vietman War and was awarded the Bronze Starr.

Marvin J. Ferguson (’62)

Marvin J. Ferguson (’62) passed away on May 11, 2019. After law school, He was an attorney with the Law Firm of Jackson, Wade and Barker. In 1971 Marvin became Executive Vice President and General Manager of North Kansas City Development Company managing all of their properties in North Kansas City, Chicago, and Jefferson City. He then joined his wife Sandra Ferguson (“64) at the Law Firm of Ferguson & Ferguson. Marvin is a United States Army Veteran.

Honorable Leo Joseph Moroney (’57)

The Honorable Leo Joseph Moroney (’57) passed away on July 6, 2019. After law school, Leo was a defense lawyer in private practice and later became the Wyandotte County Prosecuting Attorney, Judge of the Municipal Court, and Judge of the District Court of Wyandotte County for 21 years. He held the position of Administrative Chief Judge for eight years prior to his retirement from the bench in 1988. After law school, Leo was a defense lawyer in private practice and later became the Wyandotte County Prosecuting Attorney, Judge of the Municipal Court, and Judge of the District Court of Wyandotte County for 21 years. He held the position of Administrative Chief Judge for eight years prior to his retirement from the bench in 1988. He was U.S. Marine Corp veteran he served during WWII in the Pacific War. He was honorably discharged in April, 1946 after being critically wounded on Okinawa in a firefight with the enemy. Leo was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star metals for his valor and heroism.

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.