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John Greanias '67


John Greanias has been awarded a research grant to develop a curriculum for academic study of the evolution of moral and ethical principles of United States law. The grant was awarded by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Greanias is presently a lecturer at Santa Clara University School of Law and a member of the faculty of Stanford Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop. He previously served as an Illinois Circuit Court Judge (1987- 2008).

Thomas J. Gordon '67


Thomas J. Gordon, 82, of Champaign passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, in Vicksburg, Miss.

James Jurgens '67


James Byron Jurgens, 81, of Arthur, IL, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2023.

Jon David "JD" Epstein '67

Jon David (“JD”) Epstein passed away peacefully in his Galveston,TX home on January 9, 2022.

Gregory Read '67

Gregory Read, BA '64, JD '67, grew up in Champaign. In 1965 he married his college sweetheart, Mary Beth (MB) Bartulis, BS '65. After law school he served for three years as a Navy JAGC officer in Norfolk Virginia. In 1971 the Reads moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and Greg joined the law firm of Sedgwick LLP where he had a 47-year career as a defense product liability attorney. After retiring in 2019, Greg self-published his memoir, Pieces of a Life: My Journey So Far.

Robert J. Peters '67

Robert J. Peters, 78, attorney at law and 46-year resident of Riverside, IL, died Oct. 10, 2020.

Jon Gordon Carlson '67

Jon Gordon Carlson passed away on 6/18/2020.

Mervyn Loya '67

Mervyn "Merv" Heimo Loya died peacefully on January 22, 2020 surrounded by family after battling Alzheimer's. Merv was born and raised in Monmouth, Illinois, where his father, Heimo, ran the Monmouth College music department. Merv received his B.A. from Monmouth College (majoring in music), an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University (Scandinavian Studies/Finnish), and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. He worked at Legal Aid in Portland and Eugene, a private law firm in Eugene, and retired from the University of Oregon School of Law where he worked as an assistant dean and director of career services for 22 years.

T. Donald Henson '67

LaSalle attorney T. Donald Henson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital after a long and brave battle with Lewy body dementia.

John Greanias '67

Judge John Greanias (Ret.) has completed four years of service as Chair of the City of Mountain View, California, Mediation Program, providing free dispute resolution services for the community. Judge Greanias is continuing to serve as an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, and a member of the faculty teaching the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Stanford Law School.

J.D. Epstein '67

J.D. Epstein has been included in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Epstein is of counsel at Greer, Herz & Adams, LLP in Galveston, Texas. 

Jay B. Ross '67

Jay B. Ross died of a heart attack at age 76 on Thursday, March 1. He specialized in trademark litigation, licensing, and contract law, and as conditions in the entertainment business evolved, he stayed up-to-date on sampling, streaming, and the use of music and voice talent in video games. His career touched some of the most important people and movements in Chicago's musical history. He was recently profiled on

John Greanias '67

Judge John Greanias (Ret.) '67 is a Lecturer in Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. He teaches Advocacy for 2L students, and Introduction to U. S. Law for International LLM students. He also continues to serve on the faculty of the Trial Advocacy program for 2L and 3L students at Stanford Law School.