Bench & Bar

JAN 2018

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| JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 70 Lewis Diaz , a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) in October 2017. As chair, Diaz is the executive officer of the board and will preside at all meetings. As a member of Dinsmore's Public Finance group, Diaz concentrates his practice on affordable housing and traditional governmental finance. Diaz is active in serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky and serves as the vice chair of the board of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission and was appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to the Board of Regents of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond for a term expiring June 30, 2022. Diaz is currently a member of EKU's Executive Committee of the Board. Decorated WWII B-17 bomber pilot John H. Klette, Jr. , celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 18, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. He was 24 years old when he enlisted to help his country defeat Nazi Germany. e year was 1942 and Klette, a Covington native who was already a licensed pilot and practicing law with his father, went to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and told WHO, WHAT, WHERE & WHEN them he was interested in enlisting in the Air Force. He was called to active duty on Jan. 15, 1943. He trained all over the country and was sent to Italy where he was quickly assigned to Foggia as a pilot in the 32nd Bombardment Squadron of the 301st Bombardment Group. In 1944, when he was 26, he was awarded the Silver Star for bringing home the only plane out of a squadron on a mission to Vienna. Klette finished his last combat mission on anksgiving Day in 1944. After WWII, Klette became an Air Force reservist and served 21 months in Korea. He flew 50 combat missions in Korea, totaling more than 100 missions for two wars. After leaving military service in 1952, he returned to Covington to practice law with his father. Klette remains a man of deep passion for aviation and law. He continues to practice law with his daughter, V. Ruth Klette , at their law office in Fort Mitchell. Governor Willis appointed Klette, to serve on the original Kentucky Aeronautics Commission. Klette was appointed and served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association. He also served as secretary of the Kentucky Bar Title Insurance Company. He has served as secretary on the Board of Directors of e Highland Cemetery for 50 years. In 2017, he was inducted into the Covington Holmes High School Hall of Distinction.

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