Robert Donald Maack, named the 1998 Utah Trial Lawyer of the Year, died at his home of cancer on Saturday, July 25, 1998.
He was born on July 15, 1939, to Robert S. and June R. Maack. Graduating from West High School, he attended Monterey Peninsula College and the University of Utah receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree (with honors) in 1967. He then attended the University of Utah College of Law as the Herbert M. Schiller Scholar receiving his Juris Doctor degree (with honors) in 1970. He was appointed to the Board of Editors of the Utah Law Review while in law school. Bob then served as a special research assistant at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. He practiced law for 27 years with Watkiss & Campbell and later as a founding member of the firm of Campbell, Maack & Sessions. His bar memberships included the Utah Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the 10th, 9th, 4th and District of Columbia Courts of Appeal.Bob served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Ord, California, from 1961-64; he held the rank of Lt. Col. in the Air Force ROTC while attending the U of U and received his commission upon graduation.
His professional activities in the bar are numerous and included serving as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Utah Bar, American Bar Association National Delegate, University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board, University of Utah President's Committee, Utah Chapter President of ABOTA, and the American College of Trial Lawyers Committee on Science and Technology. He was a master of the Bench of the American Bar Association Litigation Section, the International Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.
Bob was known nationally as one of the leading experts on product liability law, acting as Western States Regional Counsel for Honda North America and Westinghouse Electric Corp. and representing such clients as American Suzuki Motor Corp., Yamaha Motor Corp., USA and Case Corporation. He devoted his life to the law and his clients.
He was elected a fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and also elected an advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been designated in the publication, "Best Lawyers in America."
Bob was a devotee of the arts, a jazz music buff and a serious follower and analyst of movies and the theater. He could recount by memory most of the movies and songs, including lyrics, of the past 50 years. He was an avid golfer. Bob traveled extensively through most parts of the world. His most recent passion was scuba diving, exploring such underwater reaches as the Great Barrier Reef, the Red Sea and the Caymans.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Judith (Judy) Beckstead Maack; five sons, Robert H. Maack (Julie), Kevin D. Tolton, M.D., Dan L. Maack (Jan), Kelly D. Tolton and Christopher M. Von Maack; one daughter, Linda D. Smith (Duane); daughter-in-law, Virginia Martin Tolton; grandchildren, Jessica, Adam, Krista Maack, Desiree Smith, Zachary and Matthew Tolton; mother, June R. Maack; brothers, John L. Maack and Douglas S. Maack (Kathie); nieces, Brandy, Amy, Gina Maack, Cory Mower; and nephew, Shane Maack.
The family respectfully suggests that donations in lieu of flowers be given to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, 50 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84132 for cancer research.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced.
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