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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.


In Memoriam Archives:

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018



William M. Baskin, Sr.

William Maxwell Baskin, Sr. passed away peacefully on December 5, 2008 at the age of 87. Born in Birmingham, Alabama on August 12, 1921, he served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before attending the George Washington University where he received his bachelors and law degree. He began his law practice in Falls Church in 1950, and continued until his retirement in 1992. He was a past president of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. His wife Betty passed away in September 2008. He is survived by two children, William M. Baskin, Jr. and Becky Lee Warner and four grandchildren. 

Ralph L. Payne

Ralph L. Payne, president of the Alexandria Bar Association in 1961, died on Sept 23 in Richmond, VA.  He is remembered as being an extraordinarily honest man.  He served as a Lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division. He was won a silver star (pinned on by General Eisenhower), a bronze star, and two purple hearts for his service.

Joseph V. Gartlan 

Senator Joseph Gartlan, who represented Fairfax County in the Virginia General Assembly until 2003, passed away. He was 82.

Gartlan, who was first elected in 1972, served seven terms and was a representative for parts of southeast Fairfax districts including Lee, Mt. Vernon and Springfield.  He served as chairman of three Senate committees including Courts of Justice,  Privileges and Elections and Rehabilitation and Social Services.

Gartlan was given the Jurisprudence Award ("Giants of Justice") Award in 2001 from the FBA, its highest honor.  He is survived by his wife, children and several grandchildren.

Tom Foltz

It is with great sadness that the Alexandria Bar Association reports the loss of Tom Foltz from an apparent heart attack on Sunday, July 20. Tom was president of the Alexandria Bar Association in 1986. He has been an assistant attorney general since 1999.  

The Honorable David T. Stitt 

The FBA is saddened to learn of the loss of Judge David T. Stitt who passed away on Saturday, May 10.  To view the tribute page for Judge Stitt, go here.

Suzanne Morris, Courtroom Clerk to the Hon. Janine Saxe

We regret to inform you of the passing of Suzanne Morris.  We are deeply saddened by her sudden passing.  

Charles W. Kramer, Esq.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2008, Charles W. Kramer of North Potomac, MD passed away. Beloved husband of Wendy E. Kramer; loving father of Richard Ian and Ashley Elizabeth Kramer; loving brother of Phyllis and Jeffrey Kramer; beloved son of Evelyn and Abraham Kramer.

Joseph L. Duvall, Esq. 

Joe Duvall passed away on March 23, 2008. Joe Duvall was the son of Catherine Dwyer Duvall and Robert Andrew Duvall of Washington, DC. Joe is survived by his wife, Vera Vinson Duvall and daughters, Laura Gabrielle Duvall and Catherine Duvall Berrero and granddaughters, Alexandria and Olivia Barrero. Joe graduated from Coolidge High School in Washington, DC; served in the US Army, 1949-51 and graduated from American University with BS and LLB degrees. He practiced law with the ICC and after two years opened a private practice in Fairfax, where he practiced for 30 years. He was active in church and civic affairs, serving as Republican County Committee Chairman; President Fairfax Kiwanis; member Fairfax Rotary; President Fairfax Bar Association; member VFW and honorary member Virginia State Police Association. He retired in 1993 to pursue hobbies of chess and sailing. 

Charles Richard Martin, Esq. 

Charles Richard Martin, Esq., age 66, of Burke, VA died on Monday, February 11, 2008. He was a partner at the law firm of Martin & Arif. Survived by his wife, Joyce Lynn Martin; children: Shaun Martin, Brian Martin, Christopher Martin, Kelly Kersey and Jonathan Martin; brother, John Edward Martin and nine grandchildren.

Stephen Lewis Best, Esq. 

Stephen Lewis Best, 74, former named partner in McCandlish Lillard Church & Best (now McCandlish & Lillard), and President of the Fairfax Bar Association in 1979, passed away suddenly on January 31, 2008. He was living in Abaco Bahamas, near Hopetown.


Steve came to McCandlish Lillard in 1961 as an associate when another of its partners, Calvin Van Dyck , was named to the Circuit Court Bench. Steve was an extremely bright and capable lawyer, having attended Kenyon College in Ohio before traveling East to pursue law school at George Washington University. At McCandlish, he developed a general business practice and represented Virginia National Bank (later Sovran, Nations Bank, and Bank of America) as well as other local lenders. He also practiced in the area of trusts and estates and became very knowledgeable in fiduciary matters. Best was very popular, active in civic affairs, and well-liked by lawyers inside and outside of the Firm. Best served as Deputy Commissioner of Accounts for many years under Robert McCandlish. Steven L. Best was President of the Fairfax Jaycees in 1965, and an officer of the Cancer Crusade Committee in 1966, among many other civic activities.


In the early 90's, after 33 years of private practice and some real estate development, Best began to spend more and more time pursuing his interests in art and sailing. Until his death, he lived near Hopetown in Abaco, Bahamas where he enjoyed some golf, but mostly painting, sailing and writing. 

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