James Allendoerfer ’64 P90

31 July 2009

Class: 1964

Major: Economics

Deceased: July 30, 2009

Alumni survivors: Mr. William B. Allendoerfer ’70 P01 (Sibling), Ms. Cheryl Allendoerfer ’90 (Child), Dr. Kenneth R. Allendoerfer ’93 (Nephew), Mr. Richard C. Allendoerfer ’01 (Nephew)

Born: March 15, 1943 in Bryn Mawr, PA
Passed on: July 30, 2009 in Mukilteo, WA 

Jim lived a full life doing the things he enjoyed most—spending time with his daughters Cheryl and Barbara, studying and practicing the law, traveling, skiing and hiking in the mountains of Washington State, Nepal, and Peru.

When he was seven years old, his family moved from Pennsylvania to Seattle, WA where he grew up sailing on Lake Washington and hiking in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.  After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Seattle, he became a member of the Carleton Class of 1964 and earned a BA in Economics, and in 1967 he earned his JD from the University of Washington School of Law. 

Jim enjoyed his time at Carleton and participated in many escapades with his roommate Terry Miller.  At Carleton he met classmate Carolyn Garwood, whom he married in 1965.  They lived in Seattle as Jim finished law school.

After receiving his law degree, Jim worked as a law clerk for one of the justices of the WA State Supreme Court.  Both he and Carolyn had a strong sense of adventure which led them to the U.S. Territory of Guam in 1968 where Jim worked as an assistant attorney general and where their daughter Cheryl was born.  They enjoyed living in a different culture and used Guam as a base to travel to SE Asia, islands of Micronesia, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. 

In 1970 they settled in Everett, WA where their daughter Barbara was born and where Jim worked in the Snohomish County prosecutor’s office before joining two friends in a private law practice.  He practiced civil law and became one of the top municipal and land use attorneys in western Washington.  In 1990 Jim was appointed to the bench of the Superior Court of Snohomish County where he served until he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009. 

Jim was highly respected by his peers and was known for his knowledge of the law, his integrity, and a drive to do what was right.  He was unique in that often those he had defeated in court became his clients.  One of his former law partners said, “He was so clearly bright, well prepared, and professional that people or companies represented by some other lawyer would, once the dust had settled, ask Jim if he could represent them in the future.”  

Jim, however, was also known to be a practical joker, which some of his Carleton friends learned early in their friendships with him. He had a good sense of humor, and no one was spared from his jokes.

When Jim lost his battle with brain cancer, he left his daughters Cheryl and Barbara, his granddaughters Elise and Caitlyn, his first wife Carolyn, his second wife Pat, extended family and friends. In regard to Carleton, Jim was the first of two generations of Allendoerfer Carls. Besides Jim, the Allendoerfer legacy includes his brother Bill (Class of 1970), daughter Cheryl (1990), and nephews Kenneth (1993) and Richard (2001).

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