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Mary Ellen Craig (access required)

Retired Reston family law attorney Mary Ellen Craig died on June 12, surrounded by her family. She was 76. Ms. Craig received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1961 and a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1964.  She ...

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J. Rodney Johnson (access required)

Retired law Prof. J. Rodney Johnson, an expert in wills, trusts and estate planning who helped rewrite a state probate code that had not been revised since the early 1900s, died June 10 at his Henrico County home after a ...

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Ben Woodbridge Jr. (access required)

Fredericksburg attorney and former Virginia House of Delegates member Ben Woodbridge Jr. died of heart failure June 4. He was 80. Mr. Woodbridge represented the Fredericksburg area in the House from 1970–74. He also served on the University of Mary ...

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Kenneth E. Trabue (access required)

Retired Roanoke Circuit Judge Kenneth E. Trabue died May 25. He was 81. Judge Trabue was a judge of the 23rd Circuit from 1978-1995, served terms as chief judge, and was active as a mediator and designated judge for many ...

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Franklin P. Hall (access required)

Former House of Delegates Minority Leader Franklin P. Hall died May 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 76. Gov. Terry McAuliffe praised Mr. Hall as a public servant and as a friend and campaign supporter. “As a delegate, a ...

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Donna Schewel Clark (access required)

Lynchburg attorney and businesswoman Donna Schewel Clark died at her home May 8 after a brief illness. She was 64. She graduated from Goucher College in 1972, and did postgraduate work at Brown University. After teaching high school briefly in ...

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Dennis W. Dohnal (access required)

Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal died May 10 at his home in Richmond. He was 69. A graduate of Bucknell University, Judge Dohnal earned his law degree from George Washington University. He began his career as an assistant ...

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William P. Hay Jr. (access required)

Retired General District Judge William P. “Billy” Hay Jr. of Farmville died April 15. He was 95. Raised in Richmond, Judge Hay graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1942. He served two tours of combat duty with the U.S. Marines in World ...

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Lewis T. Booker (access required)

Legendary Richmond lawyer Lewis T. Booker died April 4 at age 85. Mr. Booker built a national reputation for handling large, complex litigation in a four-decade career at Hunton & Williams. He began practice with the Richmond-based firm in 1956 ...

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Mark K. Tyndall (access required)

Richmond criminal defense lawyer Mark Tyndall died March 18. He was 61. A 1981 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, he earned his law degree from the University of Richmond three years later. Except for a short time in which he ...

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