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In Memoriam 2018
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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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David Paul Bobzien, Esq.

 

David Paul Bobzien passed away in the early morning of Sunday, December 30, 2018 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital after a battle with leukemia. His devoted wife Cathy was at his bedside, and he was surrounded by the love and prayers of his family and friends. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on October 1, 1946, his memory will be cherished by Cathy, his son and daughter-in-law, David Jr. and Julie Bobzien, and son Brendan Bobzien. David was a loving grandfather of three grandsons, Luca, Finnegan and David III, and one granddaughter, Carly. David is also survived by his sister-in-law Ann, niece Kathleen and nephews Bill IV, Brian and Ben. He was preceded in death by his parents, Col. William F. Bobzien Jr., U.S. Army, and Dolores Flynn Bobzien, and his brother, William Bobzien III.

David was a 1968 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and a 1971 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He received an LLM in Taxation in 1975 from the George Washington University School of Law.

Following law school, David served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps at Fort Meade, Maryland for four years. After his service, he was an associate with the Fairfax firm of Fitzgerald and Smith before serving from 1979 until 1992 as Assistant Counsel in the Office of Professional Responsibility of the U.S. Department of Justice.

David retired in June of 2016 after twenty three years as the County Attorney for Fairfax. He was President of the Virginia State Bar in 2004-2005, the first local government attorney to serve in that capacity. He was also a past president of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Lawyers Helping Lawyers, the Virginia Law Foundation, and the Fairfax Law Foundation. He served as a Virginia State Bar Delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, on the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and as Chairman of the Virginia CLE committee of the Virginia Law Foundation.

A man of faith, David was active in his church community and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was also a leader in the community, a former Boy Scouts adult leader, a stalwart member of the Reston Runners, and served as a member of the Reston Association Board of Directors. He loved to run, exercise with his friends at the YMCA, relax in the Shenandoah Valley and at Lake Tahoe, especially in the company of his grandchildren, and travel the world. He has been described as full of life, wisdom and humor, a lion of the law, and an exemplar of the belief that public service is noble and necessary. To his family he was a stickler for punctuality, and to his colleagues the strictest of grammarians. To all he was a true gentleman.

The Honorable Jack Britton Stevens

 On December 20, 2018 The Honorable Jack Britton Stevens, of Marionville, VA passed away at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital. Jack was born in Florida on December 27, 1932 and adopted as an infant by the late John R. Stevens and the late Rose Anna Stewart Stevens. Jack Graduated from Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield, CA in 1950 whereupon he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Jack Attended the United States Naval Academy for two years at which time he resigned to return to San Diego, California to attend to his ailing father. Once his father recovered, Jack worked in the construction business with his father eventually returning to school. Jack obtained a BS degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University in 1957, and an LLB from Georgetown University in 1960. Jack Practiced Law for 22 years and served as a Judge on the Circuit Court of Fairfax County from 1983 to his retirement in 1998.

Jack is survived by his wife, Kathleen B. Stevens; three children, from his former wife the late Marianne Rhoades Stevens; Anne Kelley Stevens of Alexandria, VA, Casey R. Stevens of Manassas, VA, John C. Stevens of Singapore; and two grandchildren, Chloe A. Stevens and Nicole R. Stevens.

 

David Charles Roehrenbeck, Esq.

 

David Charles Roehrenbeck passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2018. He was an attorney in Virginia for nearly 50 years, and practiced in Fairfax County for a large portion of that time.

 

Myron J. Teluk, Esq.

Myron J. Teluk passed away peacefully at the age of 66 years old on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  Myron was born on June 15, 1952 in New Haven, CT to John and Irene Teluk. He graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelor's degree in 1974 and George Mason University in 1977 earning his J.D. He married his college sweetheart, Lidia, in 1974 and subsequently had two beautiful daughters. He was a well-respected Virginia attorney, dedicated to his own practice for nearly 30 years. Myron retired from practicing law in May of 2016.

Myron was the beloved husband of Lidia Teluk; devoted father of Maria Auger (Christopher) and Natalie Haynes (Jason); dear brother of Christine Ferenc (Bogdan); loving grandfather of Andrew and Joshua Auger. Myron is also survived by his niece, Nina Ferenc and a host of other relatives.

 

Robert G. Culin, Jr., Esq. 

Robert "Bob" G. Culin, Jr., a retired partner of Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, PLC, died at his home in Alexandria on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He practiced law in Northern Virginia for over 30 years and left a lasting impact on his community. Originally from Pennsylvania, Bob moved to Virginia to attend Georgetown University followed by Villanova University shortly after. Known for his skill at negotiation and persuasion, Bob was one of the select attorneys appointed to act as a Neutral Case Evaluator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court, being among the first group of Neutral Case Evaluators appointed.

 

Frances Fite, Esq.

Frances Fiteknown as Francie, died on July 3, 2018 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville after complications resulting from a serious spinal cord injury suffered at a friend's home. She fought a courageous battle for seven weeks and passed peacefully with family members at her side. Francie practiced family law in McLean and retired as senior partner in the firm of Fite & O'Brien in 2013. She was an early advocate of mediation as an alternative to litigation and joined The McCammon Group in Richmond.  She was among the first in Virginia to embrace collaborative  law as a more efficient and effective method for reaching fair and lasting agreements. Francie was a member of the Fairfax Bar Association throughout her law career and served on multiple committees and the Fairfax Board of Directors from 1985 through 1990.

 

Thomas Scanlan, Esq. 

Thomas Scanlan was born in Washington DC on August 30, 1946.  He was the youngest of six children born to Dr. John J. Scanlan and Agnes Mary (Galvin) Scanlan.  He grew up in Washington DC, where he attended grade school, high school and college.  He graduated in 1980 from George Mason University Law School.  From 1981 to 1986, Tom worked as an assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Fairfax County.  He left that position to open a private law practice in Fairfax, focusing on criminal defense, civil litigation and domestic relations cases.  Tom retired from the practice of law in 2006.
Tom is survived by his wife of 27 years, Angela Jean (Musolino) Scanlan, of Fairfax City; a sister, Sister Margaret Shawn Scanlan SND of Baltimore, niece Sofia Maria Scanlan (Chad Clark) and a great nephew, Maxwell James Clark, of Vienna.  He was preceded in death by his parents, who lived in Washington DC, as well as two brothers: Monsignor John J. Scanlan Jr. and James G. Scanlan; and two sisters: M. Patricia Scanlan and Sheila (Scanlan) Sabatini.

 

Craig Akio Kawamoto, Esq. 

Craig Akio Kawamoto passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2018 surrounded by the love and prayers of his family and friends. Craig was a 1967 graduate of Lee High School, a 1971 graduate of The University of Virginia and a 1975 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. He practiced in Fairfax County for over 40 years primarily as a real estate transactional attorney and as bank counsel in commercial real estate transactions. He was a partner at PesnerKawamoto in Tysons Corner since 2000 and previously at Ragland & Kawamoto in Falls Church. 

Born in Berkley, California on March 11, 1949, and brought up in Springfield, Virginia, his memory will be cherished by his parents Yukio and Sayoko Kawamoto; his devoted wife Cindy; his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Kelby Kawamoto, and his daughter and son-in-law, Dru and Jon Gokey. Loving grandfather of three grandsons, Hardin and Brecken Kawamoto and Lucas Gokey. Craig is also survived by his sister Sherin Ferguson (Allen), brothers Don (Margaret) and Brian (Robin); in-laws Jean Ankney (Rick), Jay Berry (Patti), and Elizabeth Cross (David), and many nieces and nephews.
 
Craig was a devoted family man and was kind, funny, loyal, and humble. He had a passion for playing with his grandkids, fishing, movies, and all Washington sports teams.

 

Mark J. Yeager, Esq.

Mark Joseph Yeager, age 70, passed away on the evening of March 6, 2018 at Fairfax INOVA Hospital after a battle with cancer.

Mark was born in Ohio on August 5, 1947. Mark attended the University of Oregon from 1967 to 1969, where he studied political science and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969. From 1970 until 1973, Mark served in the United States Army, working as a Special Agent for U.S Military Intelligence Command. In 1973, Mark obtained an Master's degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University. In 1975, Mark entered the International School of Law (now George Mason University School of Law), where he was selected for Law Review and served as Notes Editor.  In 1978, Mark graduated from the International School of Law and was admitted to practice in Virginia. 

For 40 years Mark dedicated his law practice to criminal defense and appeals. For the vast majority of those years, Mark worked as a sole practitioner with an office in Fairfax, Virginia. Mark was a trusted and loyal friend to many and an experienced and talented advocate for his clients.

In addition to the lives of thousands of clients he impacted, Mark also positively impacted the lives of many young people. Before becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as a high school English teacher.  Mark also served as a high school football referee for 15 years. Mark was a mentor to numerous young attorneys, especially in connection with the Fairfax County Office of the Public Defender. During his career, Mark served as an Instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and served as a member of The Chief Justice's Indigent Defense Training Initiative. Mark was active in his parish, serving as both lector and as a CCD teacher, teaching children about the Catholic faith. Mark was a proud godfather to Mia Grace Thelin (8) and Margaret Elizabeth Thelin (6) daughters of his former law partner and dear friend, Joseph Wylie Thelin.

Mark lead a full and active life. He participated in community theater and was featured in numerous performances over the years with The Reston Players. Mark was a lifelong fan of Oregon Ducks football. He enjoyed photography, astronomy, nature and travel. Mark made his home in Reston, Virginia with his adoring wife, partner, and best friend Margaret Elizabeth (Meghan) Yeager, and their beloved dogs.

Mark was witty, humble, intelligent, generous, kind and compassionate. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

John A. Keats, Esq.

John A. Keats passed peacefully at home in Great Falls, Virginia on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He was 77.

John received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1962 and his J.D. from Catholic University in 1966. He was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 1967 and the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1972. He practiced law for 50 years, most recently in the firm of Keats & Meleen, PLC. He was an experienced trial lawyer in State and Federal courts, and served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy beginning in 1988. He was most at home on his feet in the courtroom and was honored to serve as a substitute judge in the State District Courts of Northern Virginia.

John was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, a skilled horseman, and a gifted guitarist who blessed us with his presence and humor. He was member of several social clubs and organizations, including the Single Action Shooting Society where he was known as "Lonesome Polecat." He was a long-standing member of the Fairfax Hunt Club and a life-time member of the NRA.

John is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Crystal Meleen; his daughter, Whitney Murray; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers, Paul (Carla) and Patrick (Lilly) Keats; his sister, Joanne Cassullo; and his beloved nephews, Paul (Heather), John (Samantha) and Brendan (Aley). John will be remembered for stewardship to his community, love to his family and friends, and living a full life of education, service and adventure.

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