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Rosenblatt, 91, Enters Chapter Eternal

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Brother Paul G. Rosenblatt, ’58,’63, an acclaimed federal judge, a Significant Sig and a Hall of Honor member, entered the Chapter Eternal in October 2019 in his native hometown of Prescott.  He was 91.

He attended Prescott schools and studied at Seattle University and the University of Washington, where he was initiated into Sigma Chi’s Upsilon chapter before attending the University of Arizona. where he earned his undergraduate degree in engineering, chemistry and English. Brother Rosenblatt graduated from the University of Arizona’s College of Law in 1963.

He served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Arizona, and then as the administrative assistant for the third Congressional District of Arizona in Washington, D.C. He was a delegate to the 1970 White House Conference on Children.

In 1971 he returned to private practice in Prescott until his appointment in 1973 as judge of the Superior Court for Yavapai County by Gov. Jack Williams. He was the presiding judge and the juvenile judge of that court. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the United States District Court.  

Brother Rosenblatt has served in a host of professional and public positions including the Board of Visitors to the UA College of Law. He was a president of the Arizona Judges Association, judge of the Hopi Tribal Court of Appeals, and the Arizona Academy.

He also served as CLE faculty for the Arizona Supreme Court, as well as various judges’ conferences and workshops, state and federal, some under the auspices of the National College of Judiciary. Brother Rosenblatt served as a faculty member in both ALI-ABA and AJS-SJI courses of study. He was a chairman of the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a past member of the Yavapai Symphony Association Board, the University of Arizona Alumni Board and the Yavapai Guidance Clinic Board.

Brother Rosenblatt was the Ninth Circuit’s District Court representative to the First National Conference on State-Federal Judicial Relations. He served on the Planning Committee for the Western Regional Conference on State Federal Judicial Relations and on the Ninth Circuit Education Committee. He also was chair of the Arbitration Committee for the District of Arizona, and was co-chair of Arizona State-Federal Judicial Council. He also sat on the Court Security Committee and on the Technology Committee.

A Life Loyal Sigma Chi, Brother Rosenblatt said when he was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2003, “Sigma Chi Fraternity reinforced familial moral and ethical codes; the bonds of brotherhood and friendship served to nurture me and Sigma Chis everywhere. The inspiration provided by those seven young men who were so wise beyond their years, and who provided the standards by which we can all measure our lives, cannot be overstated.

“Certainly, in my life it has played a major role. From it came the friendships and the relationships, which are among the most important in my life, and upon which whatever I may have achieved is grounded.  Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Beta Phi Chapter played an important role during a time when I was trying to decide the right path to take with my life, the path which would best satisfy my needs and desires. They provided a continuity that was critically important.”

All Honor to His Name.

Brother James "Jim" Corbet Enters Chapter Eternal

James "Jim" L. Corbet

( May 13, 1939 - August 16, 2019 )

OBITUARY OF JAMES LEWIS CORBET

James Lewis Corbet, a lifelong Arizona resident passed away August 16, 2019, in Wickenburg, Arizona.  Born May 13, 1939, in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Yuma, Arizona, attending Crane Elementary School, and Yuma Union High School, graduating a proud Yuma Union “Criminal”, and an accomplished athlete earning varsity letters in football, basketball and wrestling.  He held the offices of President of the Associated Men Students and Student Body President. 

Jim followed in the footsteps of his brother Leo to the hallowed Wildcat country of the University of Arizona.  While preparing for his legal career, he lettered in wrestling, represented the University wrestling team in the Border Conference, was a member of Sophos, Chain Gang and Bobcats, and selected for Who’s Who among students in Colleges and Universities.  He served as President of Sigma Chi Fraternity, wherein friendships were cultivated and maintained throughout his lifetime.  In his spare time, he earned his pilot’s license, which lead to many years of flying.  He graduated from the College of Business at the University of Arizona in 1961. 

He then went on to attend and graduate from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, earning a Degree in Law in 1964.  Following law school, in 1965, he moved back to Arizona and clerked under Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Hyder, then went on to join brother Leo’s law firm in Phoenix.  In 1967 he married Carolyn O’Neil, and soon found his calling in Wickenburg.  In 1970 he moved his young family to Wickenburg to settle down, raise the children and continue his law practice.  Jim soon became an actively involved community leader, Board Member and President of the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, lifetime member of the Elks, member of Wickenburg Parks and Recreation Commission, Downtown Revitalization Commission, board and president of the Rotary Club, Charter member and member of the Board of the Wickenburg Regional Health Care Foundation, Secretary and member of the Wickenburg Community Hospital Association Board, Member and Board of Directors of the Desert Caballeros, Man of the Year, Charter member of the Sheriff’s Posse, T-Ball and Little League coach, Member of the Board and Charter Member of the Wickenburg Pop Warner Association, Member of the volunteer Fire Department, Chief of the Wickenburg Rural Fire District, Co-chairman of the Wickenburg Old Timer’s Rodeo, Gold Rush Days Parade Chairman, and General Chairman, and a supporter of the Wickenburg Cultural Organization.  In addition to his busy law practice, he served as town attorney, spearheaded numerous community activities, fundraisers and was a faithful donor throughout the community.  

In 1983 Jim pursued a second successful career in the real estate sector, obtaining his real estate license and not long thereafter his broker’s license.  In 1990 he opened Corbet Realty with wife Carolyn and son Paco, and sold real estate in and around Wickenburg until retiring in 2011.

In 1990, Jim pursued his lifelong dream of sailing.  He successfully accomplished the courses and enjoyed sailing the coast of California, Baja and Sea of Cortez, in 1994 he crewed a 53’ cutter sailing from Bora Bora, Tahiti to Coronado, California.

In October of 2016, after a long distance relationship, he married Beverley Bodiroga, who joined Jim working alongside managing the numerous real estate properties and investments, known as Corbet Properties.

Jim was a beloved family man and friend who loved dancing, music, and his community.  He is predeceased by his parents, Leo Corbet and Lucille Young Corbet, and his first wife Carolyn O’Neil Corbet.   He is survived by his wife Beverley Bodiroga Corbet, brothers Leo (Kathy), Frank, Chris (Elaine), Jan Lee (Elaine), three children Paco (Jaimee), Matt (Maria) and Chelsea (DJ), and six grandchildren, Keelyn Yachanin, Tinker Bergman-Corbet, Paige Erichsen, Carolyn Corbet, Coles Bergman-Corbet and Tessa Corbet.  

Jim’s warm smile and friendly “howdy” will be missed by all.

A Memorial Reception will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019, between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rancho de los Caballeros Golf Club, 1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd, Wickenburg, AZ 85390, in lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

All Honor to His Name.


Obituary from the Wickenburg Funeral Home & Crematory

BROTHER MATT KENNELLY, 92, ENTERS CHAPTER ETERNAL

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Brother Kennelly, 92, dies of pneumonia

Brother Matt Kennelly, ’92, a partner in Fushion Consulting in Austin, Texas, died Feb. 12, four days from his 51st birthday. He died after a sudden and brief battle with an extremely aggressive pneumonia.

He was a graduate of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale.

His company, Fusion, has implemented more 200 analytics solutions across multiple verticals including healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing, retail, supply chain and real estate. It specializes in providing clinical services and analytic solutions that support the business needs of healthcare professionals and executives.

“It should be known that Matt had a wonderful, adventurous year. He has been in the greatest of health and the highest of spirits. He spent his days full of joy and his mischievous smile was ever-present. He went out on top,”  said his wife, Danielle.

A service is planned in Phoenix later in the spring.

All Honor to His Name.

Doug Olson, ’82, Enters Chapter Eternal

Doug Olson

Brother Doug Olson, a commercial real estate agent and entrepreneur died Nov. 12 at the age of 58.

Brother Douglas Bailey Olson graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in business in 1982. After six years in commercial real estate, he joined his wife, Jill in residential appraising in 1998 and founded Sonoma Coast Spirits in 2011.

Brother Olson was born on May 13, 1960, in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Denver, Colorado. He graduated high school from Kent Denver in 1978.

Brother Olson enjoyed, and was passionate about, skiing the mountain of Vail, Colorado; being part of the down-hill racing team at Vail; teaching his three sons how to ski; fly-fishing Wigwam in Colorado and the Big Horn River in Montana.. He also enjoyed hunting; playing lacrosse from fourth grade through college at the University of Arizona; and spending summers at the Olson Family Cottage on Basswood Lake in Ontario, Canada.  He was a co-founder of Petaluma Youth Lacrosse in 2004 in Petaluma, California.

He leaves his wife of 29 years, Jill; children, Carter, Blake, Grant, and Caroline; mother, Virginia Cox Olson; and brother Steven Olson, and sister Jill Glaser. His father, Richard, died just nine months before Brother Olson.

Memorial donations can be made to help with college expenses for his youngest child Caroline at: https://www.gofundme.com/douglas-olson-memorial-fund.

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John Woodbury Enters Chapter Eternal

John Woodbury

John Hettinger Woodbury, ‘56, who worked in the home construction business, entered Chapter Eternal on Feb. 22, 2018. He was 83.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 11, 1934, where he attended W. C. Bryant and Pembroke Country Day School, class of 1952, where he lettered in four major sports. College began at the University of Arizona, where he joined Sigma Chi, and then onto the University of Kansas. 

Brother Woodbury started building houses and apartments in Lawrence, Kansas, and homes and chalets in Colorado. Moving to Southern California in 1976, he gravitated to custom woodworking: designing and building entertainment centers, kitchens, beams, paneling and many other specialties. He never wanted to retire and worked full-time for Woodbury Construction Co., Costa Mesa, California, until he died... 

Brother Woodbury is survived by his three children, his brother Tom, and two grandchildren.

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