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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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Raymond D. Kline

Raymond D. Kline, Esq., passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 15, 2012 in Alexandria, where he lived and worked.  He was 58. He is survived by his wife, mother, siblings, and nieces. Raymond was born in New York, New York in 1954 and lived in Connecticut with his family. In 1980, he graduated with his BA from Rutgers University. In 1986, he attended law school at Catholic University where he earned his JD. Raymond first worked at a federal agency and then established his private practice specializing in bankruptcy and immigration law.

David Lee Hilton

Col. David Lee Hilton passed away at his home in Great Falls, VA on November 14, 2012 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and several cousins. David was a gifted trial lawyer and was a founding member of Hilton & Somer, LLC. He served honorably in the US Marine Corps Reserve Jag unit for 30 years.

L. Farnum Johnson, Jr.

Mr. Johnson died on March 31, 2012 in Littleton, Colorado of complications from congestive heart failure and diabetes. He had lived in suburban Denver since 2007. He was 82. Mr. Johnson was a sole practitioner who maintained a law office in the City of Falls Church from 1955 until his retirement. He was a 1954 graduate of The George Washington University Law School and a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. A native of Colorado, he moved to Northern Virginia as a young boy when his father accepted a position in the Roosevelt Administration. He graduated from Falls Church High School and attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate. In 2007, he retired from the practice of law to relocate to Colorado to be closer to his daughter, grandchildren, and sister. Mr. Johnson concentrated his practice in the area of trust and estate administration. He was the chairman and co-managing trustee of The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust, one of the largest private charitable foundations in Virginia. Long active in Democratic politics, he organized the Fairfax County Young Democrats and served on the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. He is survived by his wife, Lynne, two children, and two grandchildren. 

H. Kent Kidwell

On Friday, March 2, 2012, H. Kent Kidwell, beloved husband of Gerd D. Kidwell, father of Kristin E. Leathers and John Kidwell, brother of Thomas D. Kidwell, grandfather of four, and friend to countless, passed away peacefully, surrounded in his last days by the love of his family and friends. He was an accomplished attorney at law, and a teacher to us all. Above all, he was a family man. 
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