Obituary- Milo V. ‘Vernon’ Olson

A Celebration of Life took place April 22 at Valley Hunt Club in Pasadena, Calif., for Milo V. “Vernon” Olson, who died April 14, 2001, at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena. He was 94.

Mr. Olson was born March 26, 1907, at Dundum, Saskatchewan, Canada. He lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan until the age of 8, when his family moved to Long Beach, Calif., for the winters. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1928 and from the University of Southern California Law School in 1931, he had a distinguished law career as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles, primarily involved with civil litigation. He served as a Navy JAG officer during World War II, initially involved with the V-12 officer recruitment program.

Mr. Olson vacationed at Fallen Leaf Lake every summer during the 1940s,1950s and into the mid-1960s. He had owned a home in the Tahoe Keys since 1990. He had been an attorney for Bill Harrah as well as E.L. Cord.

He was appointed in 1955 to be a Special Assistant to Attorney General Herbert Brownell during the Eisenhower administration. He was president of the USC Law Alumni Association (Legion Lex,) in 1967, and in 1975 was elected president of the organization of the prestigious Chancery Club, an organization or prominent Los Angeles area lawyers. In 1981 he was honored to be named a Special Master of the US District Court, Central District of California. He was chairman from 1968 to 1969 of the Trial Lawyers section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He was last active as a lawyer with the firm of Hanna and Morton, where he had clerked while in law school.

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Mr. Olson especially enjoyed football, having lettered as a kicker at UCLA. He was a member of the Los Angeles University Club, The Valley Hunt Club of Pasadena and the St. Malo Tennis Club. He lived and enjoyed life to the fullest and will be missed by his many friends and all his family. He loved to socialize and loved to have fun.

Survivors include daughter, Janet Olson Heimann of Pasadena; son, Reid Edward Olson of South Lake Tahoe; stepsons, Alexander Hanna Haskell of Montreal, Canada, and Eric Todd Haskell of Claremont, Calif.; granddaughters, Kimberley Taylor of Moraga, Calif., and Karen Annalise Krammer of Olympia, Wash.; and six great-grandchildren.

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