Barbara E. Ornitz
September 20, 2002
Aspen attorney and author Barbara E. Ornitz died on Sept. 13 at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.Barbara and her husband, Dwight K. Shellman Jr., have been longtime residents of Woody Creek and Aspen, where they practiced law together since 1979 as Shellman & Ornitz PC.Ms. Ornitz was active in community-based public policy initiatives. She was an officer of the Woody Creek Caucus and a participant in the Aspen Medical Foundation’s Cancer Care/Cancer Guide development program. She also assisted her husband as an officer of the Caddo Lake Institute, which conducts an internationally recognized wetlands conservation program at Caddo Lake in east Texas, the location of the couple’s lake cottage.Barbara is also an internationally recognized author on coral reef conservation and maritime oil spill response standards.’Barbara Ornitz was born on March 15, 1949, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1971 (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and a Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1974. She was licensed to practice law in California (1974) and Colorado (1975). Before moving to Aspen in 1976 she was a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Denver.Burial was at the Aspen Grove Cemetery. In addition to her husband, Barbara is survived by her parents: Martin N. and Beatrice C. Ornitz of Palm Beach, Fla., and Aspen; one sister: Dr. Nancy Loving of Boulder; one brother: Richard Ornitz of Old Greenwich, Conn.; one niece: Alexandra Ornitz, and four nephews: Zachary, Darren, Erik and Nicholas Ornitz of Greenwich, Conn., one stepdaughter: Stephanie Shellman Etcheverry of Montevideo, Uruguay; two stepsons: Dwight K. Shellman III of Denver; and Kurt Shellman of Jay, Okla.Memorial services are scheduled in east Texas on Monday, Sept. 23, and in Snowmass Village on Sunday, Sept. 29. The service in Texas will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Shellman lake cottage, 5447 E. Cypress Drive, Route 2 Box 24B, Uncertain, Texas (or in the event of rain, at the Karnack Community Center in Karnack, Texas). The service in Snowmass Village will be held at 1 p.m. in the Snowmass Chapel.Contributions (in lieu of flowers, or to carry on the work of Barbara’s community-based Cancer Challenge Fund) should be made to The Barbara Ornitz Cancer Challenge, P.O. Box 2710, Aspen CO 81612.