In Memoriam 2021

The Onondaga County Bar Association recognizes the dedicated service of its members. We’re very sorry to see any member of the law community pass away and would like to offer our condolences to their families, colleagues, clients and friends.


Hon. Jack Schultz – A Town of DeWitt Justice for 35 years, Judge Schultz was honored by the town when it named the courtroom over which his presided in his name, upon retirement. Judge Schultz was a Brooklyn native and earned both his undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees from Syracuse University. He died on March 25, 2021.

H. Douglas Barclay – Mr. Barclay is a Central New York native, having grown up in Pulaski, where he was the 7th generation to reside on his family’s farm. He served his country not only in the U.S. Army (1955-57), but in the foreign service as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador (2003-06) as designated by President George W. Bush. Additionally, Mr. Barclay served in the New York State Senate from 1964 to 1984. A 1961 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, Mr. Barclay practiced law for 40 years, first with Hiscock, Cowie, Bruce, Lee & Mawhinney, the predecessor of one of one of the region’s most successful law firms, Barclay Damon, LLP. Mr. Barclay died at home on March 14, 2021.


Eleanor Theodore – A Syracuse native, Ms. Theodore earned two degrees at Syracuse University and was the only woman graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 1952. She practiced law for 50 years and was, for 36 years, Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse. She died on January 15, 2021.

John Michael Caster – As a lawyer, Mr. Caster served those most in need by working with the Legal Services of Central New York. A Marcellus resident, he was an ardent supporter of community organizations such as the local chapter of Masons. He was a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. He passed on January 4, 2021.