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The Class of 1934 finished the 2003–2004 annual giving campaign with a participation rate of 100 percent! The annual giving effort for the class was chaired for many years by Frank W. Olive. Mr. Olive’s good work has been continued by his widow, Mrs. Carolyn Olive.

THE VIRGINIA BAR ASSOCIATION (VBA) honored the following Law School alumni as Life Members during a July 16 banquet at the Association’s 114th summer meeting. Life Members have been members of the VBA for at least 40 consecutive years and have attained the age of 70.

John P. Ackerly III '60
John J. Adams '59
Charles B. Arrington, Jr. '61
Robert L. Bohannon '59
Randolph W. Church '60
Lee C. Kichin '62
Thomas O. Lawson '59
G. Marshall Mundy '62
Hon. Nicholas E. Persin '62
Paul P. Raulet '63
C. Arthur Rutter, Jr. '59
Alexander P. Smith '61
Stephen C. Willard '59
Jesse B. Wilson III '63


Mortimer Caplin has been busy writing about and responding to current tax issues. His article, “The State of IRS Administration and our Tax System in General,” was published in Tax Notes on April 26. He presented his statement, “Tax Simplification,” to the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight, on June 15. Read these on the web at:


Morton B. Spero retired on December 31, 2001 after more than 55 years of active practice. He lives in Petersburg, VA.


Larsh Bindley Mewhinney is recuperating from knee replacement surgery. Please write to him via email at or at 1698 Rt 9D, Cold Spring, NY, 10516.

A. Stuart Robertson, Jr., died of carcinoma of the esophagus in July 1983. He had practiced as a “country lawyer” for 35 years and was a partner at Shackelford and Robertson in Orange, VA. Robertson had three daughters, Gwyn, Ellis, and Lucy. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Anne Russell Gwyn Robertson, and daughter Lucy. Mrs. Robertson continues to reside in Orange.

John L. Arnold has been practicing bankruptcy law in Jacksonville, FL, for nearly half a century. He was recently featured in the January 9th edition of the Business Journal of Jacksonville.


William A. Johnston retired in 2003 as board chair of Valley Health System in Winchester, VA, after 33 years of service. Valley Heath System dedicated its new board room in Johnston's honor on March 9.


Michael L. B. Kaplan retired as vice president and chief counsel of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York in October of 1991. He also retired as deputy general counsel and deputy secretary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on July 1.

Hobart McWhorterHobart McWhorter was recognized by ChambersUSA as being among Alabama’s leading individual attorneys in the litigation category and his firm, Bradley Arant Rose & White LLP, was ranked as the top law firm in that state.


James Colt continues his work as lawyer and treasurer, with a heavy emphasis on the latter. After 28 years he is out of elective local government, confining himself to financially supporting Massachusetts's Republican candidates whom he considers competent and conscientious.

Francis H. Hare, Jr., married Mary Hateley Sommerville on March 28. The couple lives in Alabama.

James H. Harvell III retired as a General District Court Judge on March 1, 2003, after more than 31 years on the bench. He still sits occasionally for local judges, but he writes that most of his time is spent taking care of his grandchildren.

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