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Editor's Column: Good-bye for now

By Thomas Van Flein

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald.

It's been said that everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives. In this issue we say good-bye to several fine lawyers, including three judges, each of whom truly lived.

We have devoted considerable space to Supreme Court Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz, and quite honestly, we wish we had more space to devote to his life, his career and accomplishments. His achievements, his wisdom and his words will remain for generations. All of us are blessed for having known Jay Rabinowitz and he has shaped our laws and our system of justice as much or more than anyone.

Bob Hickerson is likewise well remembered, and his contributions to our state will be thought of for years to come. We are publishing a tribute to Mr. Hickerson in honor of his work and accomplishments, and a life truly lived.

We also say good-bye to Lester Miller; Joe Kroninger; former judges Joseph Brewer and Gerald Williams; and Charles W. Hagans, long-time members of the bar and remarkable lawyers.

I have a great aunt who is 101. She has long outlived her immediate family members and friends. She is lonely. She says, "God has forgotten about me."
I don't think this is true, but I know God has remembered Jay Rabinowitz and Robert Hickerson, and we shall, too.

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