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Posted by: Journal News on May 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: May 2018

Journal Name: May 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 5

R. DAVID ALLEN of Lebanon died on Feb. 23. He was 89. Born in New York City, Allen was a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran who graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1962. He started his career as the industrial relations manager for TRW’s Ross Gear Division plant, but soon moved on to become assistant district attorney general for the state of Tennessee in 1967. He worked in private practice in Lebanon until his retirement. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Allen’s memory to Prospect Inc., 960 Maddox Simpson Parkway, Lebanon, TN 37090.

Nashville lawyer DOROTHY KATHRYN CAMPBELL died April 3 at the age of 62, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was a 1980 graduate of Vanderbilt Law, practicing in the fields of entertainment law, intellectual property and arbitration. She served as an associate professor at Middle Tennessee State University and adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee. In 1990, she received the Red Cross Clara Barton Honor Award and a Volunteer Service Commendation from President George Bush. In lieu of flowers, her family recommends contributions to the Red Cross.

Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice FRANK F. DROWOTA III, a legendary figure in the Tennessee legal community, died April 15. He was 79. Drowota’s early adult life was spent as a member of the U.S. Navy before he returned home to attend Vanderbilt Law School. He worked in the firm of Goodpasture, Carpenter, Woods and Sasser until 1970, when at 31 he was appointed to the Chancery Court of Davidson County. He was later appointed to the state Court of Appeals and then elected to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1980. He is currently the second-longest serving justice in state history. In 2006, the Tennessee Bar Association created the “Justice Frank F. Drowota Outstanding Judicial Service Award.” It is given each year to a judge who demonstrates “extraordinary devotion and dedication to the improvement of the law, the legal system and the administration of justice,” just as Drowota did.

GLENN HUTCHINS of Dickson died on March 25. He was 89. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Louisville. Later he graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1975 and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar the same year. He practiced in Dickson for many years. Committed to the healing arts throughout his life, Hutchins donated his remains to the Vanderbilt University Medical School.

Nashville lawyer ROBERT EDWARD KENDRICK SR. died on Feb. 24 at the age of 93. Raised in Clarksville, Kendrick was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where he also earned a master’s degree in economics. After teaching for several years, he earned an advanced law degree from Yale University on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 1961, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked in the U.S. Justice Department and later the Department of Commerce. He returned to Nashville, where he worked for the Metro legal department and the Tennessee State Attorney General’s office. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodmont Hills Church Missions Fund, or to Healing Hands International.

Madison attorney JOHN HARRISON LOWE died on March 4 at the age of 71. Lowe, a graduate of the Nashville School of Law, served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 291st Military Police of the U.S. Army. He practiced law in the city of Goodlettsville and served as the city judge of Millersville since 1981. Lowe also previously worked for the Tennessee Law Enforcement Planning Agency and the District Attorney Generals Conference, and was a past president of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Alive Hospice or the Eleventh Street Church of Christ.

DENNIS MAYS, a retired legal advisor and law enforcement professional from Jackson, died on Feb. 21. He was 65. Mays was born in Virginia and became a commander in the U.S. Army, serving as a paratrooper in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He spent many years in law enforcement, training officers in West Tennessee and working as a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and upon his retirement was serving as a legal advisor and working as a flight instructor. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 119 Oil Well Road, in Jackson.

Nashville attorney WARNER MCNEILLY JR. died on April 1 at 89. A native of the city and a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1953 through 1973, and was an active duty officer in the office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. He served as deputy clerk and master for Davidson County before entering private practice with Watkins and McNeilly in 1960, where he worked until his retirement in 2002. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Nashville Rescue Mission and Nashville Humane Association.

Former Hamilton County Judge and attorney R. VANN OWENS died on March 13. He was 86. Owens, a Chattanooga native, served in the U.S. Navy. He went on to work at NASA as a tunnel test engineer in Huntsville, Alabama, before entering UT College of Law. Owens first became chancellor in 1984, and was elected to an eight-year term in 1990. He served as president of the Tennessee Trial Judges and president of Tennessee Trial Conference, during which time he held a position on the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors.

JOHN B. WATERS?JR., a Sevier County attorney and former Tennessee Bar Association president, died April 13 at 88. Waters had a storied career following his graduation from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1961. He was a partner with Hailey, Waters, Sykes and Sharp until 1984, when President Ronald Reagan tapped him to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush named him chair of the TVA board. Waters was also a prominent Republican figure, serving as chair of Sen. Howard Baker’s 1964 campaign and on the “ground floor” of creating the state party. He served as TBA president during the 1983-1984 bar year.