Gerald was born January 21, 1930 in St. Mary’s, Kansas. Raised on a ranch, Gerald worked his way through school by bronco busting in rodeos. Gerald graduated from Washburn University in 1953 (B.B.A.), and Washburn University School of Law in 1954 (J.D.). While serving in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Air Force, he developed a love of travel and would travel around the world to places in Europe and Africa. He also loved to travel throughout the United States. Gerald was a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations, the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (now known as Kansas Association for Justice) where he served as Secretary from 1968 to 1970, and the Board of Governors from 1968 to 1995. Gerald was also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as American Association for Justice). In 1966, Dale B. Stinson, Jr. and Gerald formed a law partnership that has grown and become the firm of Stinson, Lasswell & Wilson, L.C. After Gerald became “of counsel”, he continued to come into the office daily to practice the law he loved, as well as converse with his colleagues of whom he was so fond. Gerald touched many lives during his lifetime, through his law practice and his world travels. He will be greatly missed by us all. Gerald passed away October 30, 2007.
Dale was born September 27, 1928 in Emporia, Kansas. After graduating high school, Dale joined the Navy V6 program and attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute and Rice University where he studied engineering. After the end of WWII, he returned to Emporia, Kansas where he enrolled at Emporia State University. Dale graduated from Emporia State University in 1948 (B.A.), and Washburn University School of Law in 1951 (J.D.). After two years with Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, he returned to Wichita to practice law. Dale was a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the Kansas Bar Association, where he was president of the Kansas Bar Foundation. As a member of the Wichita Bar Association, he served as president in 1974. With a passion for music, Dale played drums with The Barristers, a Dixieland jazz combo of attorneys that performed through 1979 at the Wichita Bar Association Bar Show. Even after retiring, Dale was known to come in to the office on occasion, where he could be seen swapping stories with other members of the firm. Dale passed away August 29, 2008.