Attorney, Civic Leader Donald Holbrook Dies

Attorney, Civic Leader Donald Holbrook Dies

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Donald B. Holbrook, a prominent attorney and civic leader, has died at 80.

Holbrook's death Tuesday was a loss to the private and public sectors, said Kevin Rowe, president of the law firm Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough.

Holbrook was the last surviving name partner in Jones Waldo and had worked at the firm until a few months ago.

In 1957, Holbrook joined the then-small firm, which adopted its current name in 1966. It now has more 75 lawyers.

Holbrook served as president from 1977 until 1989, when he took a leave to become executive vice president and chief legal officer of American Stores Co. He returned to Jones Waldo in 1994.

"Don gave his life to public service," Rowe said Wednesday.

Holbrook served as chairman of the state Board of Regents and the University of Utah's governing board.

He twice was campaign manager for Utah Gov. Calvin Rampton in the 1960s, unsuccessfully ran the U.S. Senate in 1974 and served in various positions for the Utah Democratic Party.

He also served as chairman of the board of Ballet West and the Utah Partnership for Educational and Economic Development and was a member of many corporate boards.

Holbrook is survived by his wife and a daughter.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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