Bernard Koteen, 97, a telecommunications lawyer who became a partner at the firm of Holland and Knight, died Feb. 22 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington after an apparent heart attack.
His wife of 70 years, art consultant Sherley Koteen, died Feb. 19 at their home in the District of complications from a stroke. She was 94.
Their daughter, Lisa Koteen Gerchick, confirmed the deaths.
Mrs. Koteen, a past president of the Woman’s National Democratic Club, was a special assistant in the office of the vice president during the Carter administration and helped run the vice president’s residence. The Koteens’ social circle included U.S. Supreme Court justices and Democratic congressmen.
Bernard Koteen was a native of Paterson, N.J., and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a 1937 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and a 1940 graduate of Harvard Law School.
Mr. Koteen was a senior partner of the firm that became Koteen and Naftalin in Washington before it merged with Holland and Knight in 2000. He retired soon after.
His board memberships included the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Sherley Rose Heidenberg was a native of Louisville and a 1940 graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
In 1981, she started her self-titled art consultancy, which specialized in contemporary American craft art for public and private collectors. From 1985 to 1990, she was a partner in the arts consultancy of Koteen and Kanuth.
She was a past board member of the National Council of Jewish Women.
Survivors include two children, Lisa Koteen Gerchick of McLean and Charles D. Koteen of Hartford, Conn.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Bernard Koteen is also survived by a sister.
— Adam Bernstein