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Obituary: Ralph DeWitt Katherman (access required)

Retired Norfolk deputy city attorney Ralph Katherman died Oct. 9. He was 96. Born in Norfolk in 1925, Mr. Katherman attended Maury High School before being conscripted by the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. He served stateside ...

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Obituary: Harold Massie Jones Jr. (access required)

Richmond attorney Harold Massie “Hal” Jones Jr. died Oct. 25. He was 76. Mr. Jones lived in Richmond for most of his life, attending St. Christopher’s School until the eighth grade. Mr. Jones furthered his education at the University of ...

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Linwood Holton Jr., 1st GOP Va governor of 20th century, dies (access required)

(AP) A. Linwood Holton Jr., Virginia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction and a crusader against racial discrimination, has died. He was 98. Holton, who served from 1970 to 1974, declared an end to “Massive Resistance,” Virginia’s institutional defiance of federal ...

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Obituary: Robert Hanes Gray Jr. (access required)

Lynchburg attorney Robert Hanes Gray Jr. died Oct. 18. He was 83. Born in Lexington, Mr. Gray attended The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey before joining the military at 18. In 1962, Mr. Gray was deployed in support of the ...

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Obituary: Judge Thomas A. Fortkort (access required)

Retired Fairfax Circuit Judge Thomas A. Fortkort died Oct. 9. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, New York, Judge Fortkort attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute before earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics from St. Bonaventure University. In 1962, he earned ...

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Obituary: Leigh Middleditch Jr. (access required)

Retired Charlottesville attorney Leigh Middleditch Jr. died Oct. 4. He was 92. Born in Detroit in 1929, Mr. Middleditch earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences in 1951. After serving in the U.S. ...

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Obituary: James ‘Beau’ Brincefield Jr. (access required)

Alexandria attorney James C. “Beau” Brincefield Jr. died July 23. He was 80. Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Brincefield graduated with honors from Georgetown Preparatory School before earning his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He went on to attend Georgetown ...

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Obituary: William Tayloe Murphy Jr. (access required)

Retired attorney and former delegate W. Tayloe Murphy Jr. died Sept. 15. He was 88. Born in Emmerton, Del. Murphy attended Warsaw High School and graduated from Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree ...

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Obituary: William Snow Hayes Jr. (access required)

Former Essex County Commonwealth’s Attorney William Snow Hayes Jr. died Sept. 11. He was 70. Born in High Point, North Carolina, Mr. Hayes attended college at the University of North Carolina, earning both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree ...

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Obituary: Harley W. Duane III

Retired Richmond attorney Harley W. Duane III died Aug. 23. Mr. Duane graduated from St. Christopher’s School in Richmond in 1963 before earning his undergraduate from Virginia Military Institute in 1967. After leaving VMI, Mr. Duane earned his law degree ...

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