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J. Nicholas McGrath

J. Nicholas McGrath of Basalt died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2002. He was 62.

He was born Feb. 12, 1940, in Hollywood, Calif.

He attended Lehigh University where he graduated with honors in 1962. From there he attended Columbia University Law School where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review. He graduated in 1965 magna cum laude.

He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and was assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1966-67. One of his proudest positions was as a Clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., from 1967-68.

Mr. McGrath was a member of the Colorado State Bar, the California State Bar and the District of Columbia State Bar. He served as vice president of the Colorado State Bar and served as chairman of the Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee.

In 1977 he was appointed president of the Pitkin County Bar Association. He had been a long-time member of the Colorado and American Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Planning Association. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the United States and the Law and Business Directory of Litigation Attorneys.

McGrath moved to Aspen in the early 1970s where he practiced law with the firm of Oates, Austin, McGrath and Jordan, specializing in land use law and litigation.

In 1980 he married Maggie Crowley from Helena, Mont. They were divorced in 199,1 but remained close friends and dedicated parents throughout the years.

McGrath will be best remembered for his dedication to and involvement in Basalt recreational programs. He played an instrumental role as president of the Basalt Soccer Club. His determination and dedication to see a successful sports program in Basalt afforded many athletic opportunities to children in the community.

But of all his accomplishments, he considered his children to be his greatest achievement. He never missed an opportunity to attend his son Nick’s wrestling matches and his daughter Molly’s basketball and soccer games. His presence will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, Nicholas Gerald McGrath and Molly Inez McGrath, both of Basalt; by sisters Jill Anderson, of Washington, and Virginia McGrath, of California; by cousin and closest childhood friend William Scott and his wife Rosemary Scott, of Pennsylvania; by many nieces and nephews; and by long-time friends Molly Campbell of Aspen, Peter Buck of Seattle, and Maggie McGrath of Basalt.

Viewing will be 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. 7th, Glenwood Springs.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Basalt High School at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, followed by a barbecue in the high school cafeteria. The family invites all those who knew Nick throughout the valley to attend and share in this celebration.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Basalt Children’s Recreation Fund, c/o Alpine Bank, 600 E. Hopkins, Suite 001, Aspen, CO 81611.


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