April 01, 2018 Column

Editor’s Column

By Casey Wren

In this issue of Infrastructure we celebrate the life of our dear colleague, Eason Balch, who died peacefully a few weeks ago at the age of 98. His passing, and the deaths in recent years of our colleagues Judge Cudahy and Sam Porter, mark the passing of an era. All served their country during WW II. Eason and Judge Cudahy (who attended the U.S. Military Academy in West Point during the final years of WW II) served in the U.S. Army and Sam in the Navy. All were officers and natural born leaders. In his remembrance of Eason, Stan Blanton wonderfully captures the unique character of a lion of the public utility bar and in doing so reminds us of the qualities of a good man and a life well lived. As Stan describes him, Eason possessed a “joy of working.” Eason’s joy of working, however, was not a thing in itself, but rather it was borne of his deep love of people, colleagues, and family, and, like many veterans of WW II, the ambition to make things right and better. We will miss him. Our condolences to the Balch family and to all his colleagues with the law firm that bears his name, Balch & Bingham.

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