R. Dennis McArver, lawyer

Correction: An earlier version of this obituary incorrectly reported Mr. McArver was chairman of the Arts at Mason. He had served on the board but was not chairman. The obituary also incorrectly reported that Mr. McArver served on the executive committee at the law firm McGuireWoods until his retirement; as the obituary correctly noted, he served on the executive committee at the law firm Boothe, Prichard & Dudley. The obituary incompletely referred to three memberships: He was a past board chairman of Wolf Trap Associates and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and a past president of the Diocesan Missionary Society of Virginia’s board of trustees. This version has been updated.

October 5, 2013

R. Dennis McArver, a real estate lawyer who was a longtime managing partner of the Virginia-based law firm McGuireWoods and chairman of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, died Sept. 14 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. He was 76.

The cause was a stroke, said his wife, Emmy McArver. The couple had been visiting friends in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, she said.

Mr. McArver was a managing partner and an executive committee member at Boothe, Prichard & Dudley before the firm merged with what would become McGuireWoods. After the 1987 merger, he continued as managing partner of the firm’s offices in Tysons Corner and Baltimore. He retired in 2006.

Robert Dennis McArver was born in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was a 1958 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a 1961 graduate of the University of Virginia’s law school. He served in the Army Reserve from 1961 to 1967.

At the time of his death, Mr. McArver was chairman of the Arts Council of Fairfax County and a member of the Arts at Mason, a corporate partnership program with George Mason University. He was a former board chairman of Wolf Trap Associates and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. He also served on the board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. McArver, a Vienna resident, was a member of Fairfax’s Truro Anglican Church, where he served on the vestry and chaired an international outreach committee. He was past president of the Diocesan Missionary Society of Virginia’s board of trustees.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Emmerika “Emmy” Daale McArver of Vienna; three children, Robert D. McArver Jr. of Alexandria, Laura Timberlake of Charlottesville and Susan Dunton of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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