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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:

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Simon Osnos

On August 18, 2011, Fairfax attorney Simon Osnos of Potomac, MD passed away. He was the beloved husband of Marsha Osnos, loving father of Victor and Leah Osnos, and dear brother of Noah Osnos. Mr. Osnos was a graduate of Boston University and Georgetown Law School. After working at the Central International Law Firm in Seoul, Korea, he founded his own firm of Osnos & Associates in 1982, where he continued to practice law for the past 29 years. Resident of the Washington DC area since 1958, he was a tireless advocate for his clients and a dedicated family man. He bravely confronted his cancer and became an ardent supporter of the work of Dr. Alfredo Quiñones of Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

William S. Taylor

On Monday, June 27, 2011, William "Bill" Stuart Taylor, age 84, passed away at his home in Arlington, Va., surrounded by his loving family. A native of Florence, Ala., and the son of the late Garland and Ilma Taylor, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane Earman Taylor. Also surviving are his children, Frances Taylor Purkert (William), Jane Taylor (Glen), Natalie Taylor Zink (William), Mary Wyatt Taylor, Marcie King Wolff (Richard), Susan Taylor (Eric), and his 12 grandchildren. 

Bobbie Jane Denny

Bobbie Jane Denny, 63, died on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at her home on the Mississippi River. She was the former director of the Fairfax County Law Library for 10 years before retiring in 2006, and returning to Illinois in 2007.  Born in Springfield, IL on Nov. 6, 1947, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Alene I. “Icky” (Sprague) Denny. Surviving are her children, Laura (husband Bill), Mark (wife Randi), four grandchildren, her brother, and her niece: Lauren Denny. Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. She graduated as valedictorian of North Greene High School in Illinois Class of 1965. Bobbie attended the University of Illinois receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology with honors and a Masters Degree in Education. She then attended American University in Washington, D.C. where she obtained a Juris Doctorate degree. She later earned a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Bobbie was a public school teacher and counselor in Illinois. In 1974, she moved to Northern Virginia where she had a private law practice. She enjoyed painting and was an avid golfer. Bobbie loved animals, had many pets and was a horse enthusiast. 


Dickson Fleming Young

Dickson Fleming Young (age 88) of Manassas, VA and formerly of Queens, NY passed away July 1, 2011, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in the loving care of his family and “Capital Caring” after a short illness. Dickson was born on September 3, 1922 in Astoria, NY to the late Dickson and Sara Young. He attended and graduated from Jamaica High school and was undefeated as captain of the golf team. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army in WWII as a meteorologist and forward weather observer. He was selected by the US Army to attend and train at Bowdoin College in Maine.


Dickson was a retired New York Police Captain, working with the NYPD for 35 years. He was an avid golfer who over his lifetime participated in and won the PSAL City Championship; the Metropolitan Golf Association Championship; the New York Police Golf Open; the William Henry Beers Memorial Trophy; the Metropolitan Amateur; the Long Island Open; the Ike Tournament; and was the Club Champion of AlderCress Golf Course (Bergen, NJ); Douglaston Golf Course (New York, NY) and Kissena Golf Course (Flushing, NY). He was noted in the NY Times World Telegram as having the first of “4 aces” in his lifetime on 06/30/42. For the majority of his golf career his handicap was a 0. He was named “the Ace” of the NYC Police Department. His greatest golf experience was the time spent with his son in Scotland where they played all of the courses of the British Open era.


Lionel Richmond

Lionel Richmond passed away on June 13, 2011.  He is survived by wife Anne Richmond, children Cathy Richmond Warner, Ross L. Richmond, Dana Richmond Powers and granddaughter/daughter Jenny Richmond.  He also leaves behind several grandchildren. 

Haynie Seay Trotter

Haynie Seay Trotter, of McLean, passed away on June 13 at the age of 80.  He was a retired partner with the law firm McGuireWoods LLP and is survived by his wife and two children.

Dr. Alice Kassabian

Dr Alice Kassabian, of Oakton, Virginia, passed away on June 9, 2011 from complications of ALS at the age of 85. She was the wife of Albert Kassabian, mother of Honorable Brett Kassabian and John Kassabian - active members of the Fairfax Bar Association.  Alice is also survived by three more children, Dr. Keith J. Kassabian, Lynne A. Kassabian and Clay V. Kassabian, two brothers, and seven grandchildren.


Justice Leroy Hassell

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. passed away in Richmond.  He was 55.

A native of Norfolk, Justice Hassell graduated from Harvard Law School.  In 1989, then Gov. Gerald L. Baliles appointed Hassell to the Supreme Court.  In 2002, he became the state's first African-American chief justice, a position he served for two four-year terms.

Judge Thomas J. Middleton, Jr.

A retired judge, Middleton passed away on February 2, 2011.  He was born in Massachusetts in 1928 and served in the US Army following high school.  Upon completion of his military service, he attended Boston College and later William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law.  He practiced law in Fairfax, Virginia for 20 years prior to his appointment to the Fairfax Circuit Court bench.  Before retiring, he was an active member of the Fairfax community, including the Fairfax Bar Association. Middleton is survived by his wife of 55 years, four children, and 18 grandchildren.  


Philip M. Keating

It is with deepest sadness that Bean, Kinney & Korman informs the community that friend and colleague Philip M. Keating passed away suddenly on January 18 2011 at the age of 51. Phil joined Bean Kinney in 2004, and was a shareholder of the firm with a successful employment and immigration law practice. Phil was deeply involved in the Arlington community and was the 2010 Chairman of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He was well known by many in the community for his gracious demeanor, terrific sense of humor and genuine personality. He was also a prominent contributor to his practice area, presenting often to audiences throughout the region and having published numerous articles on related topics. 

Phil was a native of New Jersey. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers and received his J.D. with honors from George Washington University. He was married with three children.
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