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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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Gerard F. Treanor, Jr.

Gerard F. Treanor, Jr., was born July 1, 1943 and died October 30, 2013. Gerry was a graduate of St. Anselm's Abbey School, the College of the Holy Cross, and the Columbus School of Law. Gerry clerked for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Edward Curran. Gerry also served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps and was stationed in Exmouth, in Northwest Cape, Australia. While there, he met his future wife, Sandra Smith. Later, Gerry became a well respected prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office. He continued his career in private practice specializing in white-collar crime, first at Dolan & Treanor, then with Cacheris & Treanor, and finally at Venable LLP where he ran the pro bono program and was honored with the Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Award for Excellence. Gerry was a loyal and proud member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, the Barristers, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown.


Over the course of Gerry's career, many young lawyers sought his advice and benefited greatly from his wise counsel. He was known as an acclaimed storyteller, one who would never let facts get in the way of a good story. Gerry is survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother, and brothers. He is predeceased by his father and youngest brother.

Jeffrey B. Cohen

Former Fairfax Bar Association member Jeffrey B. Cohen passed away on August 1, 2013 following a lengthy period of declining health. Services were held in memory of Jeff on August 4, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he had returned years ago to be near his family. Jeff was a partner in the Law Firm of Hale Hassan Carlson & Penn from 1989 through 2002. He was well-liked by his many friends in the legal community. He enjoyed a reputation for being an optimistic, hard-working, and personable colleague. His partners and friends remember him as a loving father who cherished his family. He especially enjoyed time with his family playing golf and snow skiing. 


John J. Karcha

John passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. He was known throughout Fairfax County as a dedicated attorney and a faithful member of his church who always gave his time when asked to help or to serve.

Hon. H. Selwyn Smith

Retired Prince William Circuit Court Judge H. Selwyn Smith passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 24, 2013, surrounded by family. Judge Smith was 91 years old. Born on July 19, 1922, in Manassas, he was raised on a farm in Nokesville, Virginia that had been in his father's family for generations. He served as Captain in the Army during WWII, earning several battlefield decorations.In 1943, Judge Smith graduated from Virginia Tech in an accelerated class of potential officers and soldiers. There he served as a Company Commander in the Corp of Cadets, and earned his Bachelor's degree, in Agricultural Sciences. After his military service, he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and established his practice in Manassas becoming only one of eight attorneys in the Manassas area at that time. In 1960, he was elected Commonwealth's Attorney of Prince William County. In 1972, he was elected to serve in the Virginia Senate for a four year term. He was appointed in 1976 to assume the newly legislated position of Secretary of Public Safety. He was appointed to serve as Circuit Court judge of Prince William County in 1980. He retired from that position on June 30, 1993, but continued to serve as a substitute Prince William Circuit Court judge for ten years. Judge smith is survived by two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his two brothers, sister, and wife of 64 years. 

Robert J. Duffett

Rob departed this life on August 11, 2013 following a determined and inspiring battle with cancer. He was 47. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband and father, talented attorney, outgoing friend to many, and a sometimes comedian. Survivors include his wife, Gretchen B. Duffett; daughters, Caroline K. Duffett and Laura W. Duffett; father, Benton S. Duffett, Jr.; brothers, Benton S. Duffett III and David J. Duffett; and an abundance of friends. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1984, Indiana University in 1988, and then T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond in 1991. As a partner in the Falls Church law firm of Baskin, Jackson & Duffett P.C., he concentrated on landlord-tenant law. Frequently, he spoke and lectured on this area of the law, and was responsible for the creation and publication of the Virginia Landlord. The First Baptist Church of Alexandria, where Rob served as a Trustee, was an important part of his entire life. 


John M. Braswell

John M. Braswell, principal of Redmon, Peyton and Braswell, LLP and Past-President of the Alexandria Bar Association, died on Friday, July 26, 2013 in a swimming accident while vacationing in Michigan. John started practice in the early 1980's. He served on the Alexandria Bar Association's Board of Directors for a number of years and started a mentorship program in 1999 while he was president. John practiced law in Alexandria for 30 years.

Blaine P. Friedlander

Blaine P. Friedlander ("Beep") passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2013 at the age of 85 leaving his wife, Phyllis, and two children, Diane and Blaine Jr., as well as four grandchildren. He was born in 1928, graduated from Fairfax High School, received his undergraduate at UVA, and and later graduated from Georgetown Law School. After college he was a teacher at Fairfax High School until he was called to the Army during the Korean War. He served as a forward artillery observer for the RoK Army and served in active combat, receiving decorations from the RoK Army for his actions. When he returned home and graduated from Georgetown Law School, he joined his father's family law firm with brother Mark P. Friedlander, Jr. His brothers Harry and Jerry later joined the firm as well. He continued to practice law in both DC and VA until about 15 years ago when he retired. Upon retirement, he became very active with the Korean War Memorial and the VFW. He received an award from the Korean government for his work with the Korean War Memorial and his efforts at bringing MIA home from the war.


Justice Harry L. Carrico

Harry L. Carrico, former judge of the Virginia Supreme Court, died on January 27, 2013. He was 96. Justice Carrico was born in 1916 in Washington and grew up in Fauquier and Fairfax Counties. He graduated from Lee-Jackson High School in Fairfax County and received his associate's degree from George Washington University in 1938 and would later receive his law degree from the university. Justice Carrico was chosen to sit on Fairfax County's Trial Justice Court, a predecessor of the current county court.  He served in the Navy during WWII and worked private practice before he was appointed to sit in Virginia's 16th Judicial Circuit, which included Fairfax and Prince William Counties, and Alexandria. From there, Justice Carrico joined the Virginia Supreme Court in 1961. He became chief justice 20 years later, retiring in 2003. Justice Carrico continued to hear cases occasionally as a senior justice after retirement. In 1966, Justice Carrico wrote the Virginia Supreme Court decision upholding Virginia's miscegenation laws, which prohibited marriage between interracial couples. The court's unanimous ruling in Loving vs. Virginia - the case of a white man and an African-American woman who married in Washington, DC and were living in Caroline County, Virginia - was later reversed by the US Supreme Court in 1967. The Loving ruling was in keeping with Justice Carrico's belief in following and not setting precedent. During Justice Carrico's years on the Virginia Supreme Court, the Virginia judiciary was changed from a system with roots of a rural background to one that reflected the state's growing diversity. The Virginia Court of Appeals was created by the General Assembly during Justice Carrico's term. Justice Carrico is survived by his wife, daughter, sister, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Jereome H. Heckman

Jerome H. Heckman, a native and life-long resident of Washington, DC passed away on January 21, 2013. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his wife, Ilona Ely Grenadier Heckman, a domestic relations lawyer in Virginia, two sons, a stepson, stepdaughter, and several grandchildren. Mr. Heckman graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, and then served as a Navel Air Cadet. He later graduated from Georgetown University in 1948 and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1953. Mr. Heckman became General Counsel of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc., a position he held until 2002. In 1962, he co-founded the Law Firm of Keller and Heckman. Mr. Heckman was able to shepherd the handling of every major legal and regulatory problem the plastics industry faced. Among his most significant achievements was the creation of new language in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which made it possible for innovators to obtain clearance for their packaging materials changes in a fixed time of 120 days after the Notifications are filed with the FDA. This change came about in 1997 as a direct result of Mr. Heckman's initiative. Mr. Heckman's honors include: induction to the Plastics Hall of Fame in 1986, Awarded the Spes Hominum (Hope of Mankind) medal by the National Sanitation Foundation in 1987, was presented with a Director's Special Citation Award from the Food and Drug Administration in June of 2000 for his participation in the establishment of a new system for FDA approval of food contact surfaces, received the first William Bradbury award for outstanding contributions to the plastics packaging industry from the SPI Color Additives and Compounders Division 2000, was the recipient of the Paul R. Dean Award, the highest honor the Georgetown University Law Center bestows on an alumnus in June 2001, was awarded the International Achievement Award by the International Society of Regulatory Toxicologist and Pharmacologists in December of 2005, and was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame and enshrined at Michigan State University in October 2007. Mr. Heckman also was the author of more than 125 papers on administrative law subjects.


E. Eugene Luther

A resident of Ashburn, Virginia, E. Eugene Luther, died on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor G. Luther, father to Tara L. Schmohl, Tanya K. Kukral, Lura E. Teeter and step-father of Michael Patrick. He is also survived by two sisters and several grandchildren. Eugene was born in 1924 in a farmhouse near Oregon, in Holt County, MO. He resided in Holt County until July 1941 when, after finishing high school, he went to St. Joseph, MO where he attended Platt-Gard Business College and worked for H.O. Sidenfaden Funeral Home, Pennant Cafeteria and Standard Oil Company of Indiana. On June 6, 1942 he enlisted as a Naval Aviation Cadet in Kansas City, MO. In September 1943, he graduated from flight school in Pensacola, FL, and was designated Naval Aviator and commissioned as a 2nd Lt. U.S. Marine Corps. During WWII he served as a fighter pilot (F4U-Corsair) at NAS Opa Locka, FL; El Toro, CA; El Centro, CA; overseas MCAS Ewa Hawaii, Guam, Roi-Namur (Kwajlein Atoll), Okinawa and Midway Is. He was awarded several decorations including six Air Medals and one Distinguished Flying Cross. After WWII he remained in the organized Reserve and flew Corsairs at NAS Olathe, KS and NAS Anacostia, D.C. Between WWII and the Korean War, he attended Central Methodist College, Fayette, MO and George Washington University, Washington D.C. where he received AA, BA and J.D. degrees (1948, 1949 and 1951 respectively). He was admitted to the Virginia State Bar September 1951. In August 1951, he was recalled to active duty USMC as fighter pilot, staff legal officer, Military Justice Officer and Trial Counsel. In 1975 he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a Lt. Col. In August 1954, upon being released from active duty, he began the practice of law in Arlington, Va. where he also served as a Commissioner in the Violations Bureau, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney (1956-1961) and was appointed a Substitute Judge of the County Court in 1964. In 1984, he was appointed Chairman of a Committee of the Virginia State Bar to investigate and report the extent of substance abuse in the legal profession in Virginia. This Committee, now known as Lawyers Helping Lawyers, diligently pursued the directive during the ensuing years and continues to serve the legal profession in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. In 1988, he was appointed a Commissioner in Chancery and Substitute Judge in Fairfax County, Va. He was raised a Master Mason in Maitland Lodge AF and AM #112 on August 13, 1946. He was affiliated with Fort-Hunt Daytime Lodge #353, Springfield, VA. He became a 32nd degree Mason with the Scottish Rite on April 16, 1953 and a Shriner with the Sudan Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. in New Bern, N.C. also in 1953. Upon being released from active duty in the USMC in 1954, he returned to Arlington County Va. and remained active in the organized USMCR, affiliated with the Alexandria Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, S.J., USA, on August 10, 1956 and in the same year he affiliated with Kena Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S. in Fairfax, VA. He was so a member of Arlington Commandery #029, Knights Templar, Arlington, Va. and the Royal Arch Masons in Virginia, Arlington #35.
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