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Russ Palmore dies

Russell V. Palmore Jr., a Richmond lawyer and chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, died April 7 following surgery for cataracts. He was 64.

Mr. Palmore was an associate and partner at Troutman Sanders LLP and its predecessor Mays & Valentine for 38 years. As chancellor of the diocese, he played a key role in its effort to retain the property of Episcopal parishes in Northern Virginia that broke away from the diocese over disagreements that included the role of gays and lesbians in the church and the ordination of an openly gay bishop.

A native of Ashland, Mr. Palmore was a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia law school. He also received Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2008.

He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. He was a past president of the foundation and the Richmond Bar Association.

Survivors include his wife, Richmond attorney Susan Armstrong, two daughters and a grandson.

The Times-Dispatch has an obituary.

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