Bench & Bar

JAN 2018

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| JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 62 IN MEMORIAM NAME Joseph Davis Richard J. FitzGerald Scott Thomas Foster Jenna Ray Glasscock Ted L. Igleheart Eleanor Hammer Leonard Paul Marion Lewis Brian Ulrich Loncar John Paul Moore Stanley A. Searcy Robert Anthony Thomas David J. Thompson Jr. William A. Watson Q. Douglas Whitaker DATE DECEASED November 19, 2017 December 27, 2017 November 12, 2017 October 3, 2017 November 5, 2017 October 14, 2016 October 16, 2017 December 4, 2016 November 11, 2017 June 29, 2017 March 31, 2017 October 8, 2017 November 17, 2017 November 12, 2017 STATE KY KY KY KY KY KY KY TX KY KY KY KY KY KY CITY Louisville Louisville Somerset Leitchfield Shelbyville Lexington Elizabethtown Dallas Winchester Jeffersontown Cawood Louisville Middlesboro Somerset A s a final tribute, the Bench & Bar publishes brief memorials recognizing KBA members in good standing as space permits and at the discretion of the editors. Please submit either written information or a copy of an obituary that has been published in a newspaper. Submissions may be edited for space. Memorials should be sent to HENRY CAYWOOD PREWITT , 86, of Paris, Ky. died peace- fully on Nov. 24, 2017, after a short illness. Prewitt practiced in Paris and the surrounding counties for 60 years. He attended Washington & Lee University and later the University of Ken- tucky where he obtained his law degree. Following graduation, he served in the JAG Corps in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his discharge he returned to Bourbon County where he co-founded the firm, Bradley, Blanton & Prewitt. He focused on estate, probate and business law. He was appointed by Governor John Y. Brown as circuit judge for the 14th circuit serving Bourbon, Scott and Woodford Counties. Following his time on the bench, he returned to private practice. He helped found and eventually served as chairman of the board of Bluegrass Federal Savings & Loan in Paris. He previously served as a deacon, trustee and elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Paris and was a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission of Transylvania Presbytery. He was chair- man of the Democratic Party in Bourbon County for many years and remained active in local, state and national politics. He is preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Clift Prewitt and is survived by his wife, Linda Lehmann Prewitt; sons, Robert C. Prewitt (Martha), H. Caywood Prewitt, Jr. (Beth), omas A. Prewitt ( Jamie) as well as numerous step-children and grandchildren. JUDGE RICHARD J. FITZGERALD , 71, (known uni- versally as "Fitz") passed away on Dec. 27, 2017, after a brief illness. A native of New York City, Fitz first fell in love with Kentucky while volunteering for the Christian Appalachian Project in McKee County. After graduating from Manhattan College, he taught English at Hughes-Quinn Junior High School in East St. Louis before moving to Louisville to study law at the University of Louisville. After a brief stint in private practice, Fitz was appointed to the Juvenile Court bench in 1975, at age 29. Fitz served as Chief Judge of Juvenile Court for more than 10 years and was instrumental in the creation of the concept of a unified "family" Court, from which he retired in 2000. Fitz devoted his entire career to advocating for the welfare of Kentucky's abused and neglected children. For his efforts, he was recognized as Judge of the Year by the National CASA Association and received the Chief Justice's Special Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Courts of Kentucky. He also received accolades from the Louisville Bar Association, the Justice Resource Center, the National Counsel of Juvenile & Family Court Judges and the Urban League. He shared his passion for family law, juvenile justice, and education by serving as adjunct faculty for the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and as a visiting professor at the ChildLaw Center at Loyola University. He was delighted to receive a Doctor of Laws (hono- ris causa) in 2003 from Bellarmine University. An avid banjo player, sailor, world traveler, storyteller and gardener, Fitz spent his retirement years serv- ing as a mediator, consultant, mentor, educator, and doting grandfather, all while sporting his trademark bow tie. Fitz is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dr. Marjorie Rumely FitzGerald, his daughters Nora Meldrum (Brian) and Molly Perry (Timothy), and granddaughters Lucy Perry and Abigail and Emme- line Meldrum. e above information for Judge Richard J. FitzGerald was pulled from a version that appeared in the Courier-Journal from Dec. 30, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018. To access the full obituary, visit: aspx?pid=187672282.

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