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Obituary: Bernard M. Fagelson

Bernard M. Fagelson, 100, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 of Alexandria. Beloved husband of Helen C. Fagelson, loving father of John Fagelson, brother of the late Robert Fagelson, grandfather of Sam Fagelson and Max Fagelson.

He grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Virginia and graduated from George Washington University Law School during the Depression. After law school he worked for a New Deal agency in Richmond and became a naval officer when the country entered World War II. He served on the USS Quincy at the invasions of Normandy, Southern France, and Okinawa.

After the war he returned to Alexandria and began a law practice that continued for 50 years, specializing in zoning and land use law. He was a consummate gentleman and always known for his integrity, fairness, generosity and an appropriate quote for all occasions. He was active in Democratic politics and was a long time member of the Burke & Herbert Bank board of directors, retiring as a Director Emeritus.

Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 25 at Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Dr. Alexandria. Interment in Agudas Achim Cemetery.