In Memoriam

You can now view your classmates' news and accomplishments online! Click your graduation year below to see class notes, with the most recent entries appearing first. You may also submit a class note online.

George H. Sheldon ('79) passed away on August 23, 2018. He was chief executive officer of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, a children's services agency for children in South Florida. Sheldon was a leading advocate for the welfare of children. He had a long career in public service, which included serving in the Florida House of Representatives, as secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, as acting assistant secretary at the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Posted 9.5.18

Mark C. Reid ('00) passed away on August 16, 2018, after battling cancer for several years. He was the mortgage senior vice president lead counsel at MB Financial Bank in Ann Arbor, MI. Posted 8.30.18

Steven W. Johnson ('79) passed away on August 10, 2018. He held various roles including assistant state attorney, senior attorney for the Florida Real Estate Commission and lead appraisal attorney for the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. Posted 8.27.18

Kristine "Kris" E. Knab ('78) passed away on July 19, 2018, after a two and a half year fight with pancreatic cancer. She is the recipient of the Exemplary Public Service Career Award for her decades of service at Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. (LSNF), where she worked from 1978 until retiring in 2016. Posted 7.31.18

Albert C. Penson ('81) passed away on March 21, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was an attorney in Tallahassee for more than 30 years. Posted 4.5.18

Thomas A. Beenck ('74) passed away on March 24, 2018. He worked as an attorney in various departments for the state of Florida. Posted 4.3.18

Kelly M. Klein ('04) passed away on December 21, 2017, after a brave battle against cancer. She practiced at Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones in Tampa. Posted 1.11.18

Brian A. Higgins ('95) passed away on December 6, 2017. He was a trailblazer as a criminal defense attorney at the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. Posted 12.13.17

Guy E. Burnette, Jr. ('77) passed away on November 8, 2017, after a five-year battle with Corticobasil Degeneration. He worked as an attorney for more than 38 years, with a practice primarily dedicated to civil litigation, forensic fire consulting, and fire service/law enforcement training. Posted 11.21.17

Judith S. Kahn ('90) passed away on August 4, 2017. She had her own practice, the Law Office of Judith S. Kahn in Saint Petersburg. Kahn worked closely with Professor Chuck Ehrhardt. Posted 8.14.17

The Honorable Kim C. Hammond ('72) passed away on July 16, 2017, after battling illness for many years. He served more than 30 years as circuit judge in Flagler County. Posted 7.20.17

Robert J. Tirelli ('77) passed away on March 5, 2017. He taught at Taylor County High School in Perry, where he had been named Teacher of the Year. Posted 6.12.17

The Honorable John D. Southwood ('69) passed away on May 12, 2017. He served on the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court for 12 years, from 1984-1996, until his retirement. Posted 6.8.17

Shaun P. Carres ('12) passed away on April 25, 2017. He was a beloved member of Cornerstone Learning Community in Tallahassee, where he worked with students in middle school social science classes and the chess club. Posted 5.1.17

Cynthia L. Hain ('95) passed away on April 28, 2017, after a year-long battle against pancreatic cancer. She served as assistant general counsel at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Posted 5.1.17

Joseph C. D'Annunzio ('99) passed away on March 21, 2017. He favored employment law, and worked both in companies and as a sole practitioner before retiring at 87. Posted 4.7.17

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