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In Memoriam

The FBA and its members remember the friends of the association who may be gone, but not forgotten.  We value their service to the community through their work toward justice and hope that this may serve as a tribute to them.

 

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The Honorable Richard J. Jamborsky

The Honorable Richard J. Jamborsky passed away on September 25, 2015. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and several grandchildren.


Judge Jamborsky was born in Louisville, KY in 1936 and was raised in Savannah, GA. He attended George Washington University on scholarship and received both his undergraduate and law degrees from there. He would later become Adjunct Law Professor at GWU.


In 1966, Judge Jamborsky was hired as the first legal aid attorney in Fairfax County. He was appointed judge to the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in 1968 and became its Chief Judge in 1975. In 1976, Judge Jamborsky was appointed judge to the Fairfax County Circuit Court and became Chief Judge from 1990-1994.


During his 30 years on the bench, he received numerous awards and honors for contributions to juvenile law, family law, and human rights. The Fairfax Law Foundation chose him to be the recipient of the "You Made a Difference Award" for his "enduring commitment to the access of justice for all."


Judge Jamborsky retired in 1996 but continued to work as a substitute judge and as mediator and arbitrator for The McCammon Group.


Judge Jamborsky had many interested outside the law including volunteering as a guide for the Kennedy Center and National Zoo and serving on the Board of the Arts Club of Washington. He also was an avid runner, completing over 60 marathons including 25 consecutive Boston Marathons. In 1981, he received a master's medal for completing the race in two hours thirty minutes and twenty-six seconds. Judge Jamborsky was a Washington sports fan and loved theater and appeared in such plays as 12 Angry Men and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

 

Lowry Jock Miller

Lowry Jock Miller passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015 after battling cancer for over 18 years. He is survived by Marjorie Donald Miller, his devoted wife of fifty-five years.

 

Lowry was born in San Diego, California on November 15, 1937. Upon graduating from Fairfax High School in 1955, as a Virginia State Champion in the pole vault, he earned a track scholarship to the University of Richmond and graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in 1960. Lowry completed Officer Candidate School while at Richmond and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry. After serving four years on active duty he earned his law degree from T.C. Williams Law School at the University of Richmond in 1967. Lowry graduated from the Judge Advocate General School in 1974 and the U.S. Naval Justice School in 1977. He served in the Marine Corp Reserves as a JAG Officer until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986.

 

Lowry was a distinguished lawyer practicing in Northern Virginia for four decades and was well known as a highly skilled trial attorney. He was a former member of the American, Virginia State, Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax Bar Associations. In addition, he was a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He was also a member and former President of the Northern Virginia Defense Lawyers Association. He was admitted to practice law for the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Lowry successfully argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Virginia and also earned the distinct privilege to present cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Lowry enjoyed golfing, fishing, hiking, and joking with his many friends and family. He loved to share his passions with others. He could often be found on a lake, golf course, or trekking the Peaks of Otter, the Virginia Appalachian Mountains, and even led the more adventurous through the treacherous trails of Mt. Whitney, California.

 

In addition to his wife, Lowry is survived by daughter, Janet Klenkel and her husband, Pete, of Severna Park, Maryland.; daughter, Jeri Holland and her husband, Kevin, of Burke, Virginia.; grandchildren, Samantha Klenkel, Barbara Ann Youngs and her husband, Benjamin, and Stephanie and Alexander Holland, two great-grandsons, Blake and Luke Youngs; and his sisters, Sherry J. Blair and Lani J. Miller.


Joel A. Skirble

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Joel Atlas Skirble of Falls Church, VA passed away. He was the beloved son of the late William and Paula Skirble and Ralph Atlas; beloved brother of Roseanne (Daniel Klein) Skirble; uncle of Gabriel, Refael and Ariel.

 

John E. "Jack"  McCollum

On January 27, 2015, John Edward "Jack" McCollum lost his battle with lymphoma and passed peacefully, surrounded by family. He was 84 years old.


Jack received his undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, DC and his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1958 where he was a member of the Delta Theta Phi Legal Honor Society. He was a member of the Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Florida Bars. He passed the Virginia State Bar in 1959 and subsequently opened an office as a sole practitioner in Springfield, Virginia, specializing in personal injury and domestic relations law.


He lived most of his life in Fairfax County, Virginia and during that time, he was an active member in the Springfield Optimist Club, St. Mary's Catholic Church Council, a member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the president of the Lorton PTA, and was involved in other civic organizations as well. After practicing law for more than 30 years, he retired to Fort Myers, Florida with his wife, Erika.


Jack was the oldest of four children and is survived by his sister, Mary Clare Holder of Annapolis, Maryland. He is also survived by his five children and their spouses: John W. McCollum and wife, LuAnn; Kathleen M. Weden and husband, Christopher; Michael E. McCollum, M.D. and wife, Meredith; Kara J. Rogers and husband, Charles; and, Edward J. McCollum and wife Traecy, in addition to 13 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. His wife, Erika, predeceased him in August 2014.


A memorial service in celebration of Jack's life was recently held at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Fort Myers, Florida. At Jack's request, his ashes were distributed in the Gulf of Mexico at Fort Myers Beach where he had spent countless days of his retirement enjoying his favorite activity - fishing. Jack may have departed this physical world, but he will remain in the hearts of those dear to him. He was fond of an Irish blessing that reads: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

John D. Brosnan

Beloved husband of Carmel; loving father of Angela (Christopher) Walsh, Denis (Katherine), Sheila, and Daniel. Cherished grandfather of Julia Mae, Lily Katherine, and Annabel Marie Walsh. Dear brother of Patrick, Nora Sutter, Sheila, and the late Mary Hunt.

 

Robert E. Shoun

Robert E. Shoun, founder of the firm now known as ShounBach, died suddenly on July 22, 2015. He was 75 years old.


Bob grew up on a small tobacco farm in southern Virginia. Bob attended Randolph-Macon College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and then Duke University Law School, on full academic scholarship. Following law school he volunteered for a three-year tour of duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. His tour of duty included a year in Vietnam, where he alternately prosecuted and defended general courts martial and authored a weekly article in Pacific Stars and Stripes on federal tax law.


Following his military service, Bob accepted a position with a small law firm in Alexandria where he served as lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials and was introduced to family law. Thereafter he opened his own solo law practice devoted to family law. Over the years, Bob transitioned from solo practitioner to senior partner of ShounBach, one of largest family law firms in the Commonwealth.


Bob authored many articles and frequently taught continuing legal education seminars for attorneys and judges throughout Virginia, including lecturing on domestic relations case law at the Annual Virginia Judicial Conference for 17 consecutive years.


Joe Condo, Bob's long-time legal adversary and good friend, described him as the "gold standard, widely respected by the bar and the bench, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law."  He added, "Countless other lawyers and I often sought out Bob for advice on challenging issues in our practices, and he never failed to give generously of his time. As we opposed each other in divorce cases over the years, I became an admirer of Bob's professionalism and skill, both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, his unfailing courtesy, and his integrity, and we became good friends. He leaves a void that can never be filled."


Bob recently said in an interview that he loved family law because it offered him the privilege to help each client through the most emotionally complex period of his or her life. He had a superb sense of the legal ability of younger lawyers, hence his firm has and will continue to carry on his legacy.


Bob was a self-described "sports fanatic," dating back to his days as a Little Leaguer and high school baseball and basketball letterman. Such experiences spurred his love for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Redskins, and Duke Blue Devils basketball team. He was known for his extensive knowledge of sports history and trivia.


Bob is survived by his wife, Debbie Shoun, his sister, and three children, Kathryn, Michael, and Robert.

 

Charles W. Sloan

After a short, hard battle with brain cancer, Charles W. Sloan died at home on the evening of Tuesday, July 7th. He practiced law in Virginia since 1966 and was a partner at Sloan & Swedish in Vienna. 

 

H. Kendrick Sanders "Ken"

Ken Sanders passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015 with family at this side. He was 75.


Ken was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Arlington, and was a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. Ken practiced law for 50 years, starting his career as a prosecutor and then later in a successful private practice.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, four children, four grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Ken had incredible wit, charm, and a thirst for knowledge.


He loved fishing, golfing, reading, traveling, and skiing.

 

Mary Ellen Craig

Retired Reston family law attorney Mary Ellen Craig died on June 12, 2015, surrounded by her family.


Mary Ellen received a bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1961 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1964. She then spent several years in Chile working for the Peace Corps. She graduated from American University, Washington College of Law in 1979. She was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Frank Q. Nebeker at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.


Ms. Craig began private practice in in 1980 as a sole practitioner. She was a founding member of Craig & Hirsch, P.C. in 1989 (now, Hirsch & Ehlenberger, P.C.), and retired from the firm in 2006. Mary Ellen was a Past President of the Reston Association, the governing body of Reston, at a critical time in Reston's evolution.


Grace Rebecca Mann

Grace Rebecca Mann, beloved daughter of Melissa Schulman and The Honorable Thomas Peter Mann, Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations judge, passed away on April 17, 2015. She was 20.


A junior at the University of Mary Washington, Grace was known on campus for her passion for gender equality. She was majoring in history and American studies and was a student leader and board member of Feminist United, a member of the Student Senate, and an appointed member of the University task force on sexual assault.


In addition to her parents, Grace is survived by grandfather, George Mann and was the granddaughter of the late Harriet Mann, and the late Julius and Marion Schulman; niece of Stephen and Marsha Schulman, Jeff and Marcy Schulman, Eric Schulman and Share Maack, Andrew and Kathy Mann, Steven and Stephanie Mann and Richard and Lisa Mann. She is also survived by many friends, family, and cousins.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to RCASA (Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault) www.rcasa.org. The Mann family also intends to establish a fund at the University of Mary Washington to honor Grace. 

 

The Honorbale J. Conrad Waters, Jr.

On March 19, 2015, retired General District Court Chief Judge, J. Conrad Waters, Jr., passed away. Born in 1936 , he grew up in Arlington, Virginia, graduating from Washington Lee High School in 1954. He attended Roanoke College, where he met his wife, Terry. They married in 1960 and had one child, Laurie.


Judge Waters graduated from Seton Hall University Law School in 1968, and briefly practiced law in New Jersey. He returned to Virginia and first worked in the Office of the Fairfax County Executive until he joined the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. After working for the Commonwealth Attorney, Judge Waters had a very successful career as a criminal defense attorney. With the support of the Fairfax Bar, Judge Waters was appointed to the Fairfax General District Court in 1979. He was Chief Judge of the General District Court from 1986 until shortly before his judicial retirement in 2001. Even after his 2001 retirement, he continued to serve the Commonwealth as a substitute Judge on an as needed basis.

He enjoyed being with his family, fishing, traveling to his place in Virginia's "south country" and playing golf. He also liked fast cars and motorcycles.


Prior to becoming an attorney, Judge Waters held a wide variety of jobs, and that allowed him to have a unique understanding of those that appeared in Court before him. As a teenager, he worked in a gas station. He drove a tow truck and a concrete mixer. He served with Honor in the United States Navy. He helped his grandfather build an apartment building in Arlington. He was a volunteer firefighter in Ballston, and later facilitated the necessary relocation of the firehouse for the subway project. He drove an ambulance for Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. He was a police officer in Washington, DC; a workers' compensation investigator; and, a law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Judge Waters used his wide background in these many different walks of life to oversee the judicial operations of the busiest General District Court in the Commonwealth. He was a longtime member of Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. He is survived by his wife (Terry), daughter (Laurie) and sister (Charlotte Waters).

 

Rhonda J. Macdonald

Rhonda J. Macdonald, age 57, died on March 16, 2015 after a brief illness. She practiced trust and estate law in Northern Virginia since 1986, opening her own practice in 1996. She served as Chair of the Fairfax Bar Wills, Trusts and Estates section and over the years was quoted extensively in Washington Post articles on estate administration and taxation. Rhonda was well respected for her professionalism in all aspects of her practice. Rhonda grew up in Walcott, North Dakota, attended Concordia College, and later received her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is survived by her husband, Jeff, and children Kelly, Ryan and Danny, as well as a large extended family and innumerable friends.

 

Lance Daniel Gardner

Lance Daniel Gardner died peacefully at his home in Fairfax, VA on February 23, 2015. He was 69. Lance was born to Vincent and Velva Gardner on December 19, 1945 in Bradford, PA. Upon completion of Bradford Central Christian School in 1963, he went onto receive his BS from Pennsylvania State University and later his Masters Degree in tax law from the Georgetown University Law Center. Completing graduation, Lance would go onto a successful career in federal tax administration. In 1983, Lance received his JD with Distinction from George Mason University of Law. There he was awarded the Scholarship Key from Delta Theta Phi Honor Fraternity and the American Jurisprudence Award from the law school. Lance was known for his legal insight, but he also was known for his generous support of various charities, his broad knowledge of scientific advances, and his devotion to the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

 

William ("Bud") F. Roeder, Jr.

William ("Bud") F. Roeder, Jr. passed away on January 6, 2015 after a long battle of scleroderma induced pulmonary fibrosis. He was active in the legal community and served as Fairfax Bar President in 1978-1979. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

 

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