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Obituary: Donald O. Manning

Obituary: Donald O. Manning

Virginia Lawyers Weekly//May 8, 2023//

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Arlington attorney Donald Owen Manning died April 20. He was 78.

Mr. Manning was a native of Arlington and an alum of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, class of 1962; Duke University, class of 1966 and the University of Virginia Law School, class of 1969.

Following law school, Mr. Manning served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 and received a Bronze Star Medal for his service in Vietnam with the First Brigade of the Fifth Infantry.

Mr. Manning began his practice in Arlington with the law firm of Kinney, Smith & Barham. In 1988, Mr. Manning cofounded with Bill Murray the Manning & Murray law firm, now known as Manning, Murray, Barnett & Baxter. At the firm, he helped thousands of clients with estate planning and estate administration.

In 1985, Mr. Manning was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Mr. Manning’s community activities included serving as a former president of the Arlington Community Foundation, and as the founder and chairperson of the Endowment Fund at Rock Spring Church. He was also active in the Kiwanis Club of Arlington.

A lifelong baseball lover, Mr. Manning was a Nationals and Senators fan and played and coached the game.

Mr. Manning is survived by his wife of 50 years, Angela; his sons, Andrew and Michael; his daughter-in-law, Jessica; his grandchildren, Nora and Theodore; his brother, John and his sister-in-law, Diane; his sister Nancy and his brother-in-law John; and many nieces and nephews.

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