Henry Rathburn

RATHBUN HENRY TOMPKINS RATHBUN "Duffy" On March 19, 2009, Duffy Rathbun of Middleburg, Virginia, died in Cape Coral, Florida, from complications following a heart attack. He was 87. A native of Elmira, NY, he was a World War II Navy veteran and a founding partner of the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He and his wife Sheilah, who died in 2005, lived in Chevy Chase, MD and Northwest Washington for more than 20 years and moved to their Middleburg horse farm in 1987. They owned a thoroughbred breeding and racing operation and were active in conservation and preservation of Virginia farmland and open space. He is survived by his children, Gordon Forester Rathbun of Middleburg, Jennie Henry Rathbun of Arlington, MA and Sheila Blair Rathbun Benfey of Amherst, MA; and two grandsons, Thomas and Nicholas Benfey of Amherst, MA. A memorial service will be held May 9, 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Duffy's memory may be made to the Land Trust of Virginia, P.O. Box 14, Middleburg, VA 20118, Attn: Don Owen.


Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 27, 2009