NCRA member Virginia Lee Klapheke passes

jcr-publications_high-resThe Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., reported on Feb. 4 that NCRA member Virginia Lee Klapheke passed away. Klapheke was instrumental in reactivating the Kentucky Shorthand Reporters Association and served as its president.

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Retired NCRA member Lucille Marie Litsheim passes away

Lucille Marie Litsheim, RPR, CRR (Ret.), a retired federal court reporter from Las Vegas, Nev., passed away Feb. 23. Litsheim was 83 years old.

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Harold Henneberry remembered as ‘dean’ of court reporters

CBC News in New Brunswick, Canada, spotlighted the career of Harold Henneberry, an official court reporter remembered as ‘dean’ of court reporters in the city of Saint John. Henneberry passed away on June 10 at the age of 95. The article was posted on June 15.

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NCRA Past President passes away

NCRA Past President Leonard W. Ehlers, formerly of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and retired official court reporter of the 36th Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri, passed away on March 27. He retired from his official court reporter position in Poplar Bluff in 1984 after 40 years of service. Ehlers was a member of the first class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters.

Former NCRA member David B. Harley passed away

David B. Harley, Lawrence, Kan., died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was a retired court reporter for District Court of Wyandotte County. He attended Topeka High School and Washburn University.

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In memoriam: NCRA member Holly Sue Houser Simons

The Mason City Globe Gazette reported on Sept. 4 the passing of NCRA member Holly Sue Houser Simons, RMR, CRR,50, of Hampton, Iowa. She passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Simons was a graduate of the American Institute of Business and worked as a court reporter for many years for District Court Judge Stephen P. Carroll and also for TSP Court Reporters.

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William Mohr, U.S. Senate reporter of debates, dies at 95

The July 12 Washington Post reported the death of William Mohr, who was an official reporter of debates of the U.S. Senate for 23 years. Mohr, who retired in 1989, was the last pen writer to work on the floor of the Senate.

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In Memoriam: Vivien Ruth Spitz

The Houston Chronicle recently reported that Vivien Ruth Spitz, RMR, passed away earlier this month. Vivien was a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters of the National Court Reporters Association and was the Chief Reporter of Debates in the United States House of Representatives from 1972 to 1982. Vivien also reported the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in Germany from 1946 to 1948. She was honored for this work, which she spoke about worldwide, as well as her continued efforts in Holocaust awareness and bioethics.

Note: Previous publications had Vivien’s name misspelled. This has been corrected where possible.

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A portrait of Vivien Spitz reporting the Nuremberg Trials which hangs in the NCRA headquarters. The portrait portrays Vivian with a steno machine, although she was a pen writer.

From left, Nuremberg Trials defendant German Navy Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, unknown translator, Nuremberg trial Judge Michael Musmanno, and court reporter Vivian Spitz

From left, Nuremberg Trials defendant German Navy Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, unknown translator, Nuremberg trial Judge Michael Musmanno, and court reporter Vivien Spitz

 

Orval Richard “Dick” Smith

Orval Richard "Dick" Smith

Orval Richard “Dick” Smith

Orval Richard “Dick” “Poor Richard” Smith, retired court reporter, died Aug. 13, 2013. He served as president of the National Shorthand Reporters Association from 1973 to 1974, and was awarded the association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1982.

Dick took great pride in his work and was respected by many court reporters. He and his first wife, Casey, were remembered fondly by many who met the couple at NSRA conventions.

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