Spurgeon Smithson Awards

The Spurgeon Smith Awards were established in 1976 by bequest of the late Mr. Smithson, an outstanding Kansas City lawyer.  The Missouri Bar Foundation makes the awards annually to Missouri judges, teachers of law and/or lawyers deemed to have rendered outstanding service toward the increase and diffusion of justice.  Nominations are solicited from the Board of Trustees of The Missouri Bar Foundation, with the final selections being made at the Foundation Trustees meeting in June.  The awards are then presented at the Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar.  The award includes a $2,000 stipend. 

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Award Winners

Learn about the 2016 recipients.

Past Award Recipients

2016
Lajuana M. Counts, Kansas City

Michael P. Gunn, St. Louis
Prof. Sean D. O'Brien, Kansas City

2015
Hon. John C. Holstein, Springfield
Sylvester "Sly" James Jr., Kansas City

Charles A. Weiss, St. Louis

2014
Nancy R. Mogab, St. Louis
Hon. Jon R. Gray, Kansas City
Dale C. Doerhoff, Jefferson City

2013
Dean Michael A. Wolff, St. Louis

Rep. Ike N. Skelton, Kansas City
Hon. Robert G. Russell, Sedalia

2012
Professor R. Lawrence Dessem, Columbia
Judge Wm. Ray Price, Jefferson City
Arthur H. Stoup, Kansas City

2011
John W. Kurtz, Kansas City
Professor Roger L. Goldman, St. Louis
Judge Edward D. Robertson Jr., Jefferson City

2010
Judge Jimmie M. Edwards, St. Louis
James R. Layton, Jefferson City
Sandra L. Schermerhorn, Kansas City

2009
Professor David J. Achtenberg, Kansas City
C. Patrick McLarney, Kansas City
Judge Richard B. Teitelman, St. Louis

2008
Judge Gene Hamilton Jr., Columbia
Doreen D. Dodson, St. Louis
Professor James R. Devine, Columbia

2007
Melody Richardson Daily, Columbia
Judge J. Miles Sweeney, Springfield
Marvin E. “Bunky” Wright, Columbia

2006
James E. Baldwin, Lebanon
Dean Ellen Y. Suni, Kansas City
Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, St. Louis

2005
Ron Mitchell, Joplin
Dean Jeffrey Berman, Kansas City
Judge Ortrie D. Smith

2004
Dean Joel Seligman, St. Louis
Judge E. Richard Webber, St. Louis
David P. Macoubrie, Chillicothe

2003
Professor Peter Salsich, St. Louis
Judge Paul J. Simon, St. Louis
Jennifer Gille Bacon, Kansas City

2002
Judge Frank D. Connett Jr., St. Joseph
Prof. William H. Henning, Columbia
Thomas A. Vetter, Jefferson City

2001
Judge Charles Blackmar, Jefferson City
Prof. Leonard Riskin, Columbia
F. Wm. McCalpin, St. Louis

2000
Prof. Douglas E. Abrams, Columbia
Judge Stanley Grimm, Cape Girardeau
Robert C. Welch, Kansas City

1999
Michael E. Middleton, Columbia
Keith A. Birkes, Jefferson City
Judge Frank Conley, Columbia

1998
Dean Robert G. Bailey, Columbia
Judge William F. Mauer, Kansas City
Bill L. Thompson, Jefferson City

1997
George H. Gangwere, Kansas City
Harold “Hal” Lowenstein, Kansas City
Dean Kenneth D. Dean, Columbia

1996
Richard Sprinkle, Kansas City
Stephen Ringkamp, St. Louis
Judge Gerald Smith, St. Louis

1995
Judge Ann Covington, Jefferson City
John L. Oliver, Jr. Cape Girardeau
James E. Westbrook, Columbia

1994
Maurice B. Graham, Fredericktown
Forest W. Hanna, Kansas City
Vincent C. Immel, St. Louis

1993
Charles Shangler, Kansas City
Dale Reesman, Boonville
Charles E. Rendlen Jr., Hannibal

1992
Warren D. Welliver, Jefferson City
Francis X. Duda, Clayton
Timothy J. Heinsz, Columbia

1991
Hon. Robert Donnelly, Jefferson City
Edgar T. Farmer, St. Louis
Joe E. Covington, Columbia

1990
Hon. Andrew J. Higgins, Jefferson City
Edward H. Hunvald Jr., Columbia
Roy A. Larson, Kansas City

1989
Robert G. Dowd Sr., St. Louis
Harold W. Barrick, Sedalia
Elwood L. Thomas, Kansas City

1988
Robert L. Hawkins Jr., Jefferson City
Hon. John J. Kelly Jr., St. Louis
Rudolph C. Hasl, St. Louis

1987
Edgar G. Boedeker, Clayton
Dale A. Whitman, Columbia
Hon. Joseph E. Stevens Jr., Kansas City

1986
Martin J. Purcell, Kansas City
W. Oliver Rasch, Festus
Hon. Timothy D. O’Leary, Kansas City

1985
Gray Dorsey, St. Louis
Fred E. Schoenlaub, St. Joseph
Wade F. Baker, Jefferson City

1984
Harry Gershenson Sr., St. Louis
John R. Gibson, Kansas City
Rush H. Limbaugh, Cape Girardeau

1983
John A. Borron Jr., Kansas City
P. Pierre Dominique, Jefferson City
William F. Fratcher, Columbia

1982
Rufus B. Burrus, Independence
David J. Dixon, Kansas City
A. Lamkin James, Marshall

1981
Donald H. Chisholm, Kansas City
Richard J. Mehan, St. Louis
Gerald B. Rowan, Kansas City

1980
Cullen Coil, Jefferson City
James E. Reeves, Caruthersville
Alden A. Stockard, Jefferson City

1979
Orville Richardson, St. Louis
Harry P. Thomson Jr., Kansas City
C. Wallace Walter, Springfield

1978
Willard L. Eckhardt, Columbia
Floyd R. Gibson, Kansas City
Meredith B. Turner, Springfield

1977
James A. Finch Jr., Jefferson City
Forrest M. Hemker, St. Louis
Patrick Kelly, Kansas City

1976
Alex Bartlett, Jefferson City
Robert Ross, Columbia
Joseph J. Simeone, St. Louis