Kenneth Lance Haddix
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Obituary for Kenneth Lance Haddix

Haddix, Kenneth Lance age 78, of Marina del Rey, California, born in Breathitt County, Kentucky, died January 13, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. He was the beloved husband of Madelynn S. Haddix, Ph.D. (nee Schlutz). Lance was the loving father of Buck Nathan Haddix, Esq., of Marina del Rey, California, and Chase Haddix (Toni) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and dear grandfather of Sarah Barnes Haddix and Elizabeth Barnes Haddix. He was the devoted son of William Hobart Haddix (deceased) and Edna Mae (née Moore) Haddix (deceased). Lance was the beloved son-in-law of Norman Schlutz (deceased) and Rella E. (née Ginsberg) Schlutz (deceased). He was a dear brother-in-law to Holland Schlutz (Yolanda) and Robin Wexelblatt (Michael). Lance was a loving uncle to nieces Nina Rrose Wexelblatt and Nadia Taylor Schlutz. He was predeceased by aunts Eula (Ebert) Smith, Zada (James Rufus II) Trice, Imojean (Virgil) Hash, and Sylvia D. Gans. He is survived by uncles, Jerry Ganz and Marvin Gans (Virginia). Lance was a cousin to Martha Irene (Warren) Shull, Mary Elizabeth Trice, James Rufus Trice III (deceased) and Kinney R. Hounshell (Roberta). He was a cherished friend to many.

Lance attended Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio (1953-1956). As a high school student, he earned top prize in both piano and clarinet statewide, juried performances. He participated as a clarinetist in the school marching band. Lance graduated from Flint Central High School, Flint, Michigan (1957). He served the band and orchestra as concert master and first chair clarinet. Lance was awarded the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, woodwind scholarship. He was accomplished as both a classical and jazz musician, in piano performance and on all reed instruments. Lance was the historically youngest to be elected to the American Academy of Poets. He attended the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1957-1961), having received a full academic scholarship. Lance was Editor-in-Chief and staff writer for the Chicago Maroon, and served as President of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts degree, English (1961), and was a recipient of the Howell Murray Alumni Award for outstanding contribution to the University, through co-curricular activities (one of the College’s highest honors). Lance attended Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan (1961-1964). He was a University of Michigan Ford Foundation Fellow. As such, he was granted an internship with State Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Stanley G. Thayer, R-Michigan (1963-1964). Lance received an LLB (1964) from Wayne State University Law School and the JD (1968).

Lance served as Head Council and Trust Officer of Gary Wheaton Bank, Wheaton, Illinois (1965-1968). He was Attorney for the Real Estate Department and Secretary of the Loan Committee, American National Bank, Chicago, Illinois (1968-1970). Lance was appointed State Director of Mutuels (Illinois Racing Board), during the administration of Governor Dan Walker, D-Illinois (1973-1977). He served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois ACLU (1976-1981). He was in private practice in both Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. In more recent years, Lance specialized in consultancy for business organizations, with regard to financial transactions.

Significant Litigation-United States Supreme Court Cases: Alliance v. Chicago, interlocutory appeal to United States Supreme Court (2001), won 9-0; SWP v. State Board of Elections (1979), established lack of jurisdiction of the Board to alter provisions of the Illinois Campaign Disclosure Act, won 9-0.

A private service was attended by the immediate family of Kenneth Lance Haddix. A final blessing was given by the Reverend Charles Bratt, retired as Pastor of the Free Methodist Church, Syracuse, New York. The family will celebrate Lance’s life at a private gathering to be held February 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, California.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Kenneth Lance Haddix to the Los Angeles Opera, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, California 90012 (213-972-7277); or to a foundation or charity of your choice.

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