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Ashby I. Lohse

University of Arizona Law,
class of 1939

State Bar of Arizona
member since 1939

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State Bar of Arizona v. Arizona Land Title & Trust Co. 366P. 2d 1, 90 ariz. 76- Ariz: supreme Court, 1961

Ashby Ira Lohse was born May 21, 1914, in Tucson, Arizona. His father, Leslie Albert Lohse, was a wholesale grocer and a close friend of Albert Steinfeld. Among other friends of the family were several lawyers who strongly influenced Ashby Lohse's choice of the law as a career.

Lohse attended Tucson public schools, Holladay and Roskruge, and graduated from Tucson High School in 1932. He then entered the University of Arizona and received his B.A. in economics in 1936, and his J.D. in 1939. Upon graduating from law school, he took the bar exam and began a private practice. In 1941 Lohse received a commission in the army , where he served until 1946, resigning as a Colonel. Upon his return to Tucson he went to work for Tucson Title for nine months and then returned to private practice. In later years his practice consisted primarily of work with foundations.

Lohse has had a lifelong interest in water and water law and was appointed to the Interstate Stream Commission by Governor Paul Fannin.

Oral History Audio

Interviewed by Robert F. Palmquist in 1987.

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