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Rust E. Reid is listed in Texas Super Lawyers 2013 in estate planning & probate and Best Lawyers 2014 in trusts and estates. He is of counsel with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, where he focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, and fiduciary administration.

John Hampton Stennis, son of the late U.S. Senator John C. Stennis, passed away at the age of 78 on September 5. He was a partner with Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis in Jackson, Miss. (the firm merged with Jones Walker in 2011), where he practiced since graduation from the Law School. His work focused on legislative relations, public finance, environmental matters, and governmental law. He was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1969 to 1984, chair of the banking committee and the judiciary committee, and was also a member of the ways and means and water resources committees. He served on the Mississippi Judicial Council, was an advisory member to the Mississippi Legislature’s Environmental Protection Council, and a number of other state and community organizations. He was in the Mississippi Air National Guard for more than 30 years and retired in the federally recognized general officer grade.


R. Dennis McArver passed away suddenly on September 14 at the age of 76. After retiring from his practice at McGuireWoods in Tysons Corner, Va., where he focused on real estate law, he and his wife, Emmy, retained close ties with his former colleagues. He held a number of leadership roles with the firm, including partner in charge of the Baltimore and Tysons Corner offices.

He was a key architect of McGuireWoods’ first significant merger, which took place in 1987. He was managing partner at Boothe Prichard & Dudley in 1986 when he and lawyers from that well-established Northern Virginia firm began discussions about a merger. Within a few months the firms came to an agreement and merged as McGuire Woods Battle & Boothe. At the time, it was thought to be one of the largest law firm mergers. McGuire Woods & Battle had 208 lawyers and Boothe Prichard had 74. Colleagues note that McCarver’s negotiating skill and temperament were instrumental in making the merger work, bringing partners from the two firms together as one.

A resident of Vienna, McArver was a dedicated supporter of the arts in Northern Virginia. He joined the board of directors of the Arts Council of Fairfax County in 2009 and was serving as chair at the time of his death.

Thomas Werth Thagard Jr. passed away on July 3 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Greenville, Ala., the son of Judge T. Werth Thagard. He graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, received his master’s in political science from Emory University, and was a Fulbright Scholar. He was admitted to the Alabama bar the year he graduated from the Law School and was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He delighted in hunting, fishing, golf, and being a lawyer. 1963

Robert Lovegreen has retired as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

William B. Rakes was named the first recipient of the Leadership in Education Award by the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia. The award honored his long-standing and dedicated efforts in the field of legal education and recognized his exceptional leadership and vision in developing and implementing innovative concepts to improve and enhance the state of legal education. Bill is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 in business litigation and in Best Lawyers 2014 in antitrust law, appellate practice, banking and finance law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, corporate law, financial services regulation law, litigation-banking and finance, and litigation-mergers and acquisitions. He is senior partner and chairs the banking and finance group at Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke.

The lawyers and staff of Wilson Updike & Nicely in Covington, Va., honored William T. Wilson for 50 years of exemplary service to the legal profession, selfless dedication to bettering the lives of others in the community, and willingness to take whatever course is necessary to see that the ends of justice are served.


Allen Howard Stowe, age 76, died on August 5 in Vero Beach, Fla. His education enabled him to practice law, create and manage companies, and successfully make his way in the world, but he considered his real purpose was “to care for his loved ones in the best possible way while enjoying life responsibly.” He was known for his unique ability to bring together disparate groups of people into a cohesive band of revelers. He survived by his wife, Wendy, six children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren, and three siblings.


Philip Lilienthal was honored with the 2013 Peace Corps Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service in June. The award is given to a former Peace Corps Volunteer in recognition of outstanding contributions toward humanitarian efforts at home or abroad. Lilienthal is founder and president of Global Camps Africa, a nonprofit based in Reston, Va., that helps improve the lives of South Africa’s children and youth by providing HIV/AIDS prevention education and training through positive residential and day camp experiences.

Theodore Margolis is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers 2013 in business litigation and Best Lawyers 2014 in appellate practice and commercial litigation. He is with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Bridgewater.


Guy O. Farmer II is listed in Chambers USA 2013 in labor & employment and Florida Super Lawyers 2013 in employment & labor and employment litigation-defense. He is also listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in employment law-management, labor law-management, and litigation-labor and employment. Farmer is a shareholder in the labor and employment group with GrayRobinson in Jacksonville.

William M. Slaughter is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in government relations practice and public finance law. He is a founding member of Haskell Slaughter in Birmingham, Ala., where he concentrates his practice on public finance, state and local government law, governmental relations, and civil litigation.


J. Rudy Austin is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 in civil litigation defense and Best Lawyers 2014 in personal injury litigation-defendants. He is a senior litigation partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke.

Lucius H. Bracey Jr. is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 in estate planning and probate and tax, estate, and trust litigation. He was also named in Best Lawyers 2014 in trusts and estates. He is counsel with McGuireWoods in Charlottesville.

Gene Dahmen is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in family law. She is senior counsel with Verrill Dana in Boston, Mass.

Bill May was with Beckman Coulter for 21 years, retiring in 2005 as senior vice president and secretary. Bill reports that retirement life is still busy. He keeps active as vice chairman of the board of trustees of the San Diego Zoo and as trustee and secretary to the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, which provides major funding to young scientists and various projects focused on leading- edge work in life sciences, engineering, and biology. He resides with his wife of 43 years, Barbara, in Villa Park, Calif.


George Gilliam received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia on May 19. He devoted much of his recent time to finishing his 450-plus-page dissertation, “Building a Modern South: Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century Virginia.” He left law practice in the early 2000s, got a master’s degree, made several history documentaries for the Richmond PBS member station, directed public programs at UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs from 2004–11, and taught history. He plans to continue teaching at UVA for at least several more years.


ashmoreRobert W. Ashmore is listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in labor and employment law. He is partner and senior counsel with Fisher & Phillips in Atlanta, Ga.

Jerry Coughlan has been named Best Lawyers 2013 San Diego Lawyer of the Year in legal malpractice law-defendants and professional malpractice law-defendants law. He is with Coughlan, Semmer, Fitch & Pott.

schreckGordon D. Schreck is listed in Chambers USA 2013 in transportation-shipping litigation and South Carolina Super Lawyers 2013 in transportation/maritime. He is also listed in Best Lawyers 2014 in admiralty & maritime law. He was appointed distinguished visiting professor of admiralty and maritime law at the Charleston School of Law for the 2013–14 academic year and chairs the Charleston Maritime Law Institute at the school. He practices with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Charleston.

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