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BOSTETTER THE HONORABLE MARTIN VAN BUREN BOSTETTER, JR. The Honorable Martin Van Buren Bostetter, 88, died peacefully at the home of his daughter Lisa in Alexandria, Virginia, Friday August 8, 2014. Judge Bostetter was born in Baltimore Maryland in 1926, Son of Martin V. B. Bostetter and Louella Jane Rice. He attended Mount Vernon High school in Fairfax County, Virginia and after serving in the United States Navy during World War II, attended the University of Virginia where he obtained his B.A. Degree in 1950 and his LL.B. Degree in 1952. He met his wife Joanne Rushworth in 1954 and they were married in 1955. Judge Bostetter was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court in 1959 and served as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, having been appointed Chief Judge on February 1, 1985. When he retired in 1999, after 40 years of service, Chief Judge Bostetter was the longest sitting full-time bankruptcy judge in the United States. The Federal Courthouse located at 200 South Washington Street in Alexandria was renamed and dedicated in his honor in 1998 as the Martin VB Bostetter, Jr. Federal Courthouse, the first time a Federal Courthouse had been named after a Bankruptcy Judge. Predeceased by his wife Joanne in 2001, he is survived by four children and six grandchildren: Martin VB Bostetter, III of Alexandria, David William Bostetter of Alexandria, Jonathan Andrew Bostetter of Fort Meyers FL and Lisa Bostetter Tracy and her husband David Tracy of Alexandria. The six grandchildren are Alexis Ann Bostetter attending Radford University, David William Bostetter Jr., Preston Linwood Tracy, Gabrielle Lee Bostetter, Graham Bostetter Tracy, Morgan Elizabeth Tracy and his brother James Calvin Rice, his wife Sandra and their children. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Convergence Church, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302. Interment private. A guest register may be found at

Published in The Washington Post from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14, 2014
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