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Aaron B. Bowles Jr. (access required)

Aaron “Bernie” Bowles Jr., a Manassas personal-injury attorney and D-Day veteran, died of cancer Aug. 19 in Prince William County. He was 76. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Mr. Bowles served in the Army Air Forces in World War II, ...

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Robert R. Gwathmey III (access required)

Veteran lawmaker and judge Robert R. Gwathmey III, 83, of Hanover County died Saturday, Aug. 25 after a long illness. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Mr. Gwathmey was elected by Hanover voters to serve as commonwealth’s ...

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Michael P. Crocker (access required)

Marine veteran and trial lawyer Michael P. Crocker died at his Maryland home Aug. 4. He was 83. Mr. Crocker earned a degree in history from Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude in 1940. After college, he served in ...

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Hubert A. Ruff Jr. (access required)

Franklin County Assistant Common-wealth’s Attorney Hubert A. “Hugo” Ruff Jr. died Aug. 14, as the result of an automobile accident. He was 52. He had been attending a Salem Avalanche baseball game and was on his way back to Boones ...

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James M. Thomson (access required)

James M. Thomson, a lawyer who served in the House of Delegates for 21 years, died July 24 in Berryville. He was 76. A native of New Orleans, Mr. Thomson served in the United States Marine Corps during World War ...

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Robert W. Lawson Jr. (access required)

Robert W. Lawson Jr., a Virginia native who went on to be a senior member of the bar in Charleston, W.Va., died May 28. He was 92. A native of South Boston, Mr. Lawson graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1930, ...

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Wilbur L. Fugate (access required)

Antitrust attorney Wilbur Lindsay Fugate, who helped lead the landmark antitrust case of U.S. v. Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey in the 1950s, died July 5 in his Alexandria home. He was 88. After the Standard Oil case, Fugate ...

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W. Byron Gochenour (access required)

Retired Roanoke County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge W. Byron Gochenour died July 4. He was 83. A native of Elliston, Judge Gochenour served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years before his honorable discharge in 1946. He earned his ...

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C. Torrence Armstrong (access required)

Charles Torrence “Torrey” Armstrong, a former leader of several bar groups in Northern Virginia, died June 23 at his vacation home in Slanesville, W.Va. of a heart attack. He was 55. A partner in the Tysons Corner office of McGuireWoods, ...

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Louis W. Kershner (access required)

Louis Withers Kershner, a long-time attorney in Virginia Beach, died of lung cancer June 20. He was 70. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Mr. Kershner earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. He worked in ...

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