64 Denv. U. L. Rev. 101 (1987-1988)
In Memoriam to the Honorable William E. Doyle

handle is hein.journals/denlr64 and id is 129 raw text is: IN MEMORIAM TO THE HONORABLE
WILLIAM E. DOYLE
1911 - 1986
The Board of Editors of
THE DENVER UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW
humbly dedicate this issue
William E. Doyle 1911 - 1986
Judge William Edward Doyle was a man who lived his life compelled
to do justice. He was born on February 11, 1911 in West Denver to
Irish parents. His father William R. Doyle, was a teamster on a Tivoli
Brewing Company delivery cart. Judge Doyle inherited his father's work
ethic and began working at the early age of eight as a newspaper boy.
He attended West High School and distinguished himself as an all-city
football star. Judge Doyle then attended the University of Colorado. In-
itially, he entered college as a pre-med student, but changed his focus
when the law captured his interest. After graduating from C.U., Judge
Doyle attended the George Washington University Law School in Wash-
ington D.C. and received hisJ.D. in 1937.
Judge Doyle came back to Denver after law school and began work-
ing in the District Attorney's office as an investigator. After passing the
bar exam in 1938, he became a Deputy District attorney and quickly
gained a reputation as a fine trial lawyer. In 1939, he married Helen
Sherfey, a classmate at George Washington University. They eventually
had two children, Michael and Susan. Judge Doyle remained in the Dis-
trict Attorney's office until 1941, when he opened a private law office.
World War II, however, forced the young attorney to leave his new prac-
tice and he served as an infantryman in Africa, Italy, Sicily, France and
Germany. After the war, Judge Doyle returned to his private practice
and began teaching torts at Westminster Law School. Remarkably,
Judge Doyle continued to teach this course five days a week, at 8:00
a.m., for twenty years. He also taught courses at the University of Colo-
rado's Law School, the University of Denver's Law School, and prepared
students for the bar exam with a one-man refresher course.
Judge Doyle's judicial career began in 1948 with a brief appoint-
ment as a Denver DistrictJudge. That same year he returned to criminal
prosecution as the Denver Chief Deputy D.A., a post he held until 1952,
when he returned to private practice. In 1956, Judge Doyle managed
the successful U.S. Senate campaign of his brother-in-law, the lateJohn
A. Carroll. In 1958, he was elected to the Colorado Supreme Court
where he served until 1961. At this time the Judge could be found on

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