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Moritz College of Law
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55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1391
Phone: (614) 688-8232

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Class Notes

Below are the latest updates we have received from Moritz alumni. You can also view notes by graduating class year by clicking on the appropriate decade.

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News from Graduating Classes in the 1950s...


Mary C. Lord ’51 was awarded the Honorable George H. Elliot Distinguished Community Service Award by The Mid Miami Valley Bar Association. Lord, 88, intends to retire at the end of the year after practicing for 61 years as attorney in her hometown of Middletown, Ohio. The Elliot Award, in honor of former Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge George H. Elliot, recognized Lord’s lifetime service to the community and law.

“Mary has not only held herself to a high standard of legal excellence, like Judge Elliott, she also set an example of a caring individual giving time and talents to help numerous organizations do good in our community,” said Bar Association President J.C. Shew to the Middletown Journal. (December, 2011)


Norton Webster '52 has been awarded the Ohio State Bar Associationís (OSBA) highest honor, the Bar Medal, which is given to attorneys who "have given unselfishly of their time and talent by taking prominent leadership roles on the bench and in the organized bar, and to those who have worked quietly to earn the deep admiration and respect of the community." Webster served as the OSBA president from 1967 to 1968, and continues to hold the record for being the youngest person to ever serve in that role. Throughout his career his commitment to increasing diversity in the profession has been widely recognized by such organizations as the Anti-Defamation League and the Columbus Bar Association, as well as The Ohio State University. Webster is a retired partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease (September, 2017)


Paul D. Ritter ’56 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of corporate law and employee benefits law. Ritter is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter. (August, 2010)

Paul D. Ritter, Jr. ’56 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of corporate law and employee benefits law. Ritter is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. (November, 2009)


Hon. Charles Kurfess '57 was awarded the 2017 Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence at the Ohio Judicial Conference Annual Meeting in Columbus. The award was established in 2010 by the OSBA in honor of the late chief justice to recognize a current or former Ohio state or federal judge who displays outstanding qualities of judicial excellence including integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, professionalism, ethics, creativity, sound judgment, courage and decisiven (September, 2017)

Russel Booth Jr. '57, announced his retirement and closing of his practice on Jan. 22, 2013. He is a beloved member of his community for not only his law skills, but his interests in history and music. (January, 2013)

The Honorable David A. Katz '57 was profiled in the September 2012 issue of The Federal Lawyer. The article shares a Henry David Thoreau quote Katz carries in his wallet, details about when his dreams of a career in law began, and other interesting points of his career. To read the full story, click here. (October, 2012)


Lawrence Stotter '58 placed first in his age group (85-89) in the decathlon at the Western Regional Multi Championship, which was held Sept. 10-11, 2016, in Kentfield, California. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for the decathlon event for his age group. Stotter is also currently ranked in the top 25 in the U.S. for his age group in the following track and field events: shot put, javelin, discus, high jump, 100 meter run, and 400 meter run in the current USATF 2016 Masters Track and Field rankin (March, 2017)

Frank Quirk '58 has been named recipient of the 2013 Ohio State Bar Association’s Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism, recognizing exceptional professional responsibility among Ohio lawyers. The 80-year-old Akron attorney specializes in the field of legal ethics, putting on seminars for lawyers and judges about the ethics of technology. He is the head of The University of Akron School of Law Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility and of counsel at Brouse McDowell.

  (April, 2013)

Lawrence Stotter '58 is the first recipient of the "Legal Legend" Award established by the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA). Stotter was presented the award at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Stotter, who is now retired, lives in Tiburon, Calif. (October, 2010)

Daniel Martin Snyder ’58 lost his wife on July 14, 2008 after 51 years of marriage. Snyder continues to practice with the Findlay, Ohio, firm of Snyder, Alge & Welch. In 2009, he was honored by the American and Ohio Bar Associations as being a 50-year member. (March, 2010)


Rick E. Marsh ’59 was named in the 2010 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of professional malpractice. Marsh is a partner in the Columbus office of Lane Alton & Horst. (November, 2009)