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Posted by: Journal News on Aug 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Aug 2018

Journal Name: August 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 8

Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice EDWARD RILEY ANDERSON died in July at the age of 85. In his judicial career, Anderson served three years on the Court of Appeals, 16 years on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and five terms as chief justice. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, he led the way for innovative improvements to the outreach and functionality of the Tennessee judiciary. When he retired from the court in 2006, Anderson had served as chief justice longer than anyone else in the preceding 40 years. As chief justice, Anderson worked to make courts open and accessible and to educate Tennesseans about the judicial branch of government. He also founded the SCALES program, where justices travel across the state holding court for high school students. That program was awarded the 2016 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee Justice Center at www.tnjustice.org.

HAROLD WOODARD MCLEARY JR. died in Franklin on June 29 at the age of 68. Born in Humboldt, McLeary graduated the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1975. During his 40-year law career, McLeary represented families and businesses along with physicians, hospital chains and the Illinois Central Railroad. He was active in Rotary Club and served on the board of directors for Merchant State Bank and Union Planters Bank. The family requests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 North 12th Ave., Humboldt, TN 38343 or the Humboldt Public Library Foundation, 115 South 16th Ave., Humboldt, TN 38343.

Longtime Kingsport attorney DORMAN L. STOUT SR. died July 3 at the age of 83. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law he began his legal career in Kingsport in 1959. After many years of practicing law with the firm of Wilson, Worley, Moore, Gamble and Stout, the Kingsport Bar Association presented him with a “Lifetime of Service to the Legal Profession” award. Stout was also civically engaged, volunteering for community organizations and coaching local youth sports teams. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Dorman to the Rebecca Stout Birch Scholarship Fund at St. Paul’s Day School, 160 E. Sevier Ave., Kingsport, TN 37660, or to the Kingsport Boys and Girls Club, 1 Positive Place, Kingsport, TN 37660.

Former Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge ROBERT M. “BOB” SUMMITT died on June 16. He was 94. A native of Sweetwater, he served in the Naval Aviation and Army Infantry in World War II and was a recipient of the Medal of Meritorious Service. He graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1949, after which he moved to Chattanooga to begin his career in law. He later co-founded Coffey and Summitt in 1963. He was appointed to the bench in 1968 and was elected to a full term in 1974, to which he was re-elected in 1982 and 1990. He retired in 1998. In lieu of flowers, memorial acknowledgments may be directed to First Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave., the Cherokee Area Council Boys Scouts of America, 6031 Lee Highway, or to the Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave.

J. STEVEN XANTHOPOULOS of Fredericksburg, Virginia, died June 25 at 70. A graduate of Dickinson School of Law, Xanthopoulos dedicated his legal career to Legal Services, working across the country and eventually in Jackson, Tennessee. He began with housing advocacy, did immigration and other poverty law and retired after 29 years as West Tennessee Legal Services executive director. In 2005, he received the B. Riney Green award from the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services “for his constant promotion of statewide programs to address significant client needs which have strengthened legal aid providers and improved the lives of thousands of low-income Tennesseans.” Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or to West Tennessee Legal Services.