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Richmond lawyer Rod Mathews dies

Former Virginia State Bar President Roderick Bell Mathews died of cancer on Friday night at his home in Richmond. He was 71.

The retired Troutman Sanders partner helped launch the World Justice Project in 2006 and was serving as its treasurer at the time of his death, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Mr. Mathews was born in Lawton, Okla. and moved to Richmond in 1957. He earned his undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney in 1963 and his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1966. He practiced at the law firm now known as Christian & Barton for 22 years, before taking on the role of senior vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia.

After his retirement, Mr. Mathews worked as an arbitrator in health law cases.

Mr. Mathews was a member of the Virginia Law Foundation and served as Virginia’s delegate to the American Bar Association.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, a brother, a sister and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon in Richmond.

One comment

  1. Rod Mathews was a first-rate lawyer and a class act. I learned a lot about lawyering from the cases I had with him. The legal profession in Virginia is diminished by his passing.

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