Memorials are published as a tribute to deceased Texas attorneys. Information included is primarily related to the individual’s accomplishments in the legal profession. To submit a Memorial, please visit texasbar.com/tbj and fill out an online form or call (512) 427-6834 for more information. To learn more about closing a deceased attorney’s practice, visit texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html. WILLIAM VANDERCREEK VanDercreek, 81, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Feb. 20, 2011. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. He was of counsel to Pennington, Wilkenson & Haban. He was a professor of law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and Florida State University College of Law. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a first lieutenant from 1955 to 1957. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Catherine “Kay” VanDercreek; son, Greg VanDercreek of Dallas; daughters, Holly Kruse of Tampa, Fla., Cary Langston of Tallahassee, Fla., and Julie Shoff of Orange Park, Fla.; brother, Dr. Jack VanDercreek of Blackfoot, Idaho; and three grandchildren. MOSES GOLDBERG Goldberg, 78, of San Antonio, died May 2, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. From 1958 to 1960, he served as assistant district attorney in Laredo. From 1962 to 1966, he served as an associate of Nicholas & Barrera. From 1966 to 1987, he served as a partner in Southers, Mendelsohn, Goldberg & Lyons. From 1987 to 2012, he was an attorney with Moses Goldberg Inc. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Annette; son, Michael Allen Goldberg; daughter, Cynthia Mocgyzgemba; sister, Martha Finkerstein; and two grandchildren. RONNIE A. AMMANN Ammann, 45, of Kingwood, died Feb. 16, 2011. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1992. From 1992 to 1994, he clerked for U.S. Judge Lucius D. Bunton in Midland. He was an associate with Pipitone Law Firm in Corpus Christi and with Wilson Elser in Dallas. He served as of counsel to Strong Pipkin in Houston and was a partner in Cirvello & Carlson in Houston. He was an attorney in the Ammann Law Firm and served as of counsel to the Clary Firm. He is survived by his parents, Victor and Patti Ammann of Kerrville; and sisters, Candy Lewis of Kentucky and Lisa Spence of Los Angeles, Calif. ROBERT B. COX Cox, 78, of Austin, died Dec. 26, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. He practiced law for 32 years, as a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court, as a partner in McMahon, Cox, Tidwell, Hanson & Atkins of Odessa, and as special counsel to McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore of Austin until his retirement. He was a founding member of the Ector County Young Lawyers Association and a past chair of the State Bar of Texas School Law Section. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy F. Cox; son, Glenn F. Cox of the Woodlands; daughter, Melinda Cox White of Aledo; and four grandchildren. HON. WILLIAM J. CORNELIUS Cornelius, 85, of Jefferson, died Nov. 19, 2012. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. From 1953 to 1973, he was an attorney with Cornelius & Cornelius. From 1973 to 2002, he served as judge in the 6th Court of Appeals. He served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and was a past chair of the State Bar of Texas General Practice Section. From 1945 to 1946, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathryn Cornelius; sons, attorney William Cornelius Jr. of Tyler and attorney John Milton Cornelius of Jefferson; daughter, attorney Leigh Ann Ileson of Houston; 11 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. EUGENE S. KWAS Kwas, 90, of Austin, died Nov. 16, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. He was a member of the Illinois Bar. In 1950, he was an associate of Hoberg in Peru, Ill. From 1950 to 1956, he was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From 1956 to 1984, he worked for Allstate Insurance, first as an adjuster and later as vice president. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He is survived by his wife of more than 62 years, Lillian M. Kwas; daughter, Anne M. Gentuso of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and one grandchild. TERRY LEE GRANTHAM Grantham, 56, of Lubbock, died Dec. 6, 2012. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. From 1995 to 2012, he was a partner with Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, L.L.P. He was an adjunct professor of law at Texas Tech and a member of the Lubbock County Bar Association and the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, LeAnn Grantham; sons, Cole Davis Grantham, Corbin Lee Grantham, and Cason Cash Grantham; and mother, Shirley Grantham. MELISSA K. DUBOSE DuBose, 32, of Dallas, died March 24, 2012. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2004. In 2004, she served as a contract attorney for Floyd, Norcross, & Associates. From 2005 to 2006, she was as an associate of Chamblee & Ryan, P.C. From 2006 to 2012, she was a sole practitioner in the Law Offices of Melissa K. DuBose. She is survived by her parents, Dennis and Vicki DuBose of San Antonio; and sister, Heather DuBose Hamm of Austin. PATRICIA K. IRVINE-KING Irvine-King, 64, of Seguin, died Nov. 18, 2012. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. She was president of Patricia K. Irvine in Seguin. She is survived by her stepdaughters, Melissa Ashby and Lezlie King; mother, Leona Buehring; brother, John Koch; and sister, Mary Kresta. LOREN GEORGE HELMREICH Helmreich, 62, of Houston, died Jan. 1, 2013. He received his law degree from Detroit College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. He practiced law for many years at the firm of Browning Bushman and, since 2011, at Streets and Steele. JEANNE LOUISE MALKANI Malkani, 58, of Austin, died Dec. 12, 2012. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. From 1983 to 1986, she served as Texas assistant attorney general, and from 1986 to 1988, she served as general counsel to Employees Retirement System. From 1991 to 1993, she served as a staff attorney for the Travis County Appraisal District. From 1993 to 2012, she served as general counsel to RSI Inc. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Harish Malkani; son, Patrick Malkani; daughters, Lauren Malkani and Shirin Malkani; brother, Robert Nolan; sisters, Patricia Tweeddale and Kathleen Durik; and one grandchild. ARTURO C. GONZALEZ Gonzalez, 104, of Del Rio, died Dec. 21, 2012. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1935. From 1935 to 2012, he practiced law in the Law Offices of Arturo C. Gonzalez. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1944 and served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. He is survived by his sons, attorney Arthur J. Gonzalez of Houston and attorney Sergio J. Gonzalez of Del Rio; daughters, Kathy Benson of Fort Worth, Daisy Arledge of Floyds Knobs, Ind., and Blanca Larson of Del Rio; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. MAX E. ROESCH Roesch, 51, of Giddings, died Dec. 11, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. He spent his career as a sole practitioner in Giddings. He served as editor for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 2000 to 2011 and also with the Texas Board of Law Examiners from 2002 to 2012. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kim Roesch; son, Zane C. Roesch; daughter, Victoria C. Roesch; and brother, Chad Roesch. HENRY STRAUSS Strauss, 88, of Austin, died Dec. 16, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. He was a judge in the 326th District Court in Abilene. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945. He is survived by his wife, Ferne Strauss; son, Ted Strauss of Corvallis, Ore.; daughter, Jana Strauss Kleiser of New York; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. JANETTE JOHNSON Johnson, 63, of Dallas, died Aug. 27, 2012. She received her law degree from Antioch School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. She was a member of the California and District of Columbia bars. From 1990 to 2012, she was the owner of Janette Johnson & Associates. She received the 2008 Sarah T. Hughes Award from the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Johnson; brother, Lawrence Johnson; and sister, Joanna Johnson.
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