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January 2014       Vol. 43, No. 1       Page  90
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In Memoriam

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth where available, and date of death of deceased attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at

Jack K. Agee
July 22, 1929–December 31, 2012

Richard P. (Dick) Hall



Trygve E. Kjellsen

Dorsey & Whitney LLP is deeply saddened that our partner and friend Trygve Kjellsen passed away. He was 42 years old. Trygve is survived by his wife Jennifer and their children, twins Emma and Luke (10 years old) and Emil (8 years old).

Trygve received a BS degree from Truman State University in 1995 and a JD degree from Rutgers School of Law–Camden in 1998. He joined Dorsey as a partner in the Corporate Group in our Denver office at the beginning of 2013. Before joining the firm, Trygve was a partner in the Denver office of Faegre Baker Daniels. Before joining Faegre, he was a partner in the Denver office of Lathrop & Gage LLP (formerly Kamlet Reichert, LLP), corporate counsel for First Data Corporation, and an associate with Hogan & Hartson LLP and Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.

Trygve was an extremely talented corporate lawyer whose practice focused on a broad range of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance transactions. He had a loyal following of corporate clients, including Molson Coors Brewing, Western Union, Liberty Global, and others. He was a frequent CLE speaker and writer on corporate law topics and served as the CBA Business Law Section’s co-editor for The Colorado Lawyer. He was also the author of the chapter on M&A in The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Business Organizations (Lexis/Nexis).

Trygve was an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast. He was a past director and executive committee member of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural integrity of Colorado’s fifty-four 14,000-foot peaks—the "Fourteeners"—through active stewardship and public education.

We will miss Trygve dearly. Our hearts go out to his family.

—Submitted by Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Walter (Alan) Woods

Walter (Alan) Woods, retired attorney and Denver native, died at his home in Lone Tree on July 27, 2013, after a lengthy illness. A graduate of Denver’s East High School, Alan received his LLB from Denver University in 1954. He was in private practice in Denver for more than fifty years, during which time he was with Quiat, Seeman & Quiat; Rodden & Cooper; Woods & Hyman; and Woods Kinney & Breithaupt.

An accomplished pianist and retired Army Reserve JAG officer, he devoted much of his life to volunteer community service as a member of the Mile-Hi Optimist Club of Denver and received many awards for his service, including the All Service Club Member of the Year. He is fondly remembered for his kindness, cheerfulness, unwavering optimism, and musical talent.

Alan is survived by his wife Barbara; children and stepchildren Lisa Wenger, Lynn Penko, Laura Lilley, Launce Hawk, Denise Woods, Jeff Nied, and Paul Nied; brothers Robert Woods and John Woods; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Donald Woods. Donations in Alan’s memory can be made to the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 455 Sherman St., Ste. 500, Denver, CO 80203.

—Submitted by Barbara R. Woods

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