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Robert R. Donlan died March 1 while on vacation in Florida. The Luray attorney was 64.

A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Donlan entered the U.S. Army in 1953, and he received several military awards and decorations throughout his career.

Donlan was a member of the Army Reserves until 1980 and retired from active duty in 1992 with the rank of colonel. He returned to the Metro DC area to earn a law degree from Georgetown University, which he received in 1959.

He joined the Department of Justice as a trial attorney until 1990. During his tenure with Justice, Donlan received commendations from a number of well-known public officials, including Robert F. Kennedy and Joseph Califano.

He retired to the Shenandoah Valley in 1990, where he opened a law practice in Luray.

Donlan was active in the local Republican party and served on the Special Education Committee for the Page County School System. He was a member of the Luray Caverns Country Club and the Sportsman’s Club.

Survivors include his wife Roberta, three sons, five daughters and nine grandchildren.

He was buried March 10 at the Arlington National Cemetery.

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