LARON D. ROBINSON Robinson, 70, of Bellaire, died August 12, 2016. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967, he received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. Robinson was an associate of Brown & Haden in Houston from 1973 to 1975, a partner in Berke, Leebron & Robinson in Houston from 1975 to 1977; and a partner in Leebron & Robinson in Houston from 1977 to 2014, having been certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He also gave his time as a volunteer with Child Advocates Inc. and Holocaust Museum Houston. Robinson is remembered for loving to travel with his wife and family and studying the history of the world’s great leaders. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jana; son, Andrew; daughter, Lauren; and brothers, Herbert, Larry, and Charles. ANGELA M. STEPHERSON Stepherson, 51, of Dallas, died January 20, 2017. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, was a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990. Stepherson was an associate of Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C., from 1990 to 1992; an attorney with the Texas Attorney General’s Office from 1992 to 1993; a staff attorney with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from 1993 to 2001 and a senior attorney with the agency from 2001 to 2003; a senior associate of Crawford & Jordan in Dallas from 2003 to 2007; and of counsel to Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee, now Coats Rose, in Dallas from 2007 until her death. She was certified in administrative law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, served as an editor of the Texas Environmental Law Journal , and wrote about water districts and medical waste in environmental law in various publications. Stepherson is remembered for her work mentoring young lawyers, rescuing dachshunds, and enjoying reggaeton and rap music. She is survived by the Kneese and Stepherson families of the Texas Hill Country, including her sisters, attorneys Pamela K. Bergman and Ruth Stepherson. JOHN BALLARD BENNETT Bennett, 87, of Kerrville, died January 24, 2017. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. After law school, where he was editor of the Texas Law Review, Bennett enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He then co-founded Balcones Minerals Corporation in Flatonia with his father-in-law before practicing law in the Rio Grande Valley for many years until his retirement in 1995. Bennett was a former president of both the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce and the Weslaco Lions Club. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Frances Chupick Bennett; sons, John and David; and five grandchildren. LARRY ALAN BASKIND Baskind, 69, of El Paso, died November 13, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1968 to 1974, received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. Baskind practiced in El Paso and the surrounding area from 1973 until his death. He was certified in commercial and residential real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was a skillful, experienced school law attorney. At the time of his death, Baskind was a partner in Baskind & Hosford. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Baskind is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandy; son, attorney Matthew H. Baskind; daughter, Lisa S. Baskind; brother, attorney Stephen L. Baskind; and five grandchildren. MICHAEL FRANCIS WURST Wurst, 58, of Dallas, died January 11, 2017. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985. During his legal career, Wurst clerked for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas and worked for Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr and ORIX USA. He is remembered for being a wonderful romantic, a voracious reader and writer of incredible skill, a lover of art and music, and an avid sports fan. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Robin Minick; sons, Anthony, Nicholas, and Vincent; stepson, Kyle Minick; father, David; brothers, Jerry, Tom, and Peter; and sister, Andrea Wurst-Mays. DAVIE L. WILSON Wilson, 71, of The Woodlands, died August 9, 2016. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. Wilson served as a justice on the 1st Court of Appeals, a judge for the 333rd Judicial District Court in Harris County, and justice of the peace for precinct 4, place 2 in Harris County. He enjoyed studying the Bible, playing golf, and reading. Wilson is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jeanne Marie Wilson; sons, Stephen Philip Wilson and Cameron James Wilson; daughter, Sharon Wilson Weaver; sister, Vicki Ann Layman; and five grandchildren. ➤ Submit a memorial at texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1715. For information on closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to www.texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html.
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