Long-Time Director Passes, Noted For 28 Years of Service

September 18, 2007

By hammersmith

Flinn Foundation news release

Jay RuffnerJay S. Ruffner, a prominent Phoenix attorney and long-time member of the Flinn Foundation board of directors, passed away on Sept. 11 in Phoenix. Mr. Ruffner, 66, joined the Flinn Foundation board in 1979 and had served in the role of board secretary since 1982.

In his legal practice, Mr. Ruffner specialized in tax law, health care law, and sports law. He most recently served as special counsel at Steptoe & Johnson, following prior service as a partner at Lewis and Roca, Meyer Hendricks Victor Osborn & Maledon, Meyer Hendricks Victor Ruffner & Bivens, and Fennemore Craig PC. He is perhaps best known for representing Jerry Colangelo and the development of sports facilities in downtown Phoenix.

“Jay Ruffner has been a pillar of the Flinn Foundation over three decades, as well as a widely respected attorney and active and caring member of the community,” said David J. Gullen, M.D., chair of the Flinn Foundation board of directors. “He will be greatly missed by many throughout the Phoenix-area community and beyond.”

Mr. Ruffner received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College in New York, a law degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in tax law from New York University. He came to Phoenix in 1972 after serving four years as an Air Force captain and attorney.

Memorial services are schedule for 2 p.m., Friday, September 21, at the Phoenix Art Museum.