Radio Free Asia Counsel Robert Eric Wone, 32

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Robert Eric Wone, 32, general counsel to Radio Free Asia, died Aug. 3 of stab wounds he suffered at a house near Dupont Circle in Washington. His death is under investigation by D.C. police. He lived in Oakton.

Less than a month before his death, Mr. Wone was named general counsel of Radio Free Asia, a nonprofit organization that broadcasts news and cultural programming to China, North Korea and other parts of Asia.

He was president-elect of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington and was scheduled to begin his term yesterday. He had served as treasurer of the organization. He was volunteer general counsel of the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Museum of Chinese in the Americas.

Mr. Wone had worked for six years at the Washington law firm of Covington & Burling, with an emphasis on real estate and employment law. He did pro bono work while at Covington & Burling and volunteered at the Latin American Youth Center.

For the past four years, he was a member of the Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, appointed by Gov. Mark R. Warner (D).

Mr. Wone was born in New York and was a graduate of the College of William and Mary. During summers, he worked for former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the White House.

He was one of the students who revived the college's 13 Club, which engaged in anonymous acts to assist students. He was elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board and Golden Key honor societies. At his graduation in 1996, he received the college's Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, presented to a student excelling in "characteristics of heart, mind and helpfulness to others."

At the University of Pennsylvania Law School, from which he graduated in 1999, Mr. Wone was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and volunteered with the university's Civil Practice Clinic. He also was senior editor of the Journal of Labor and Employment Law.

After law school, he clerked in the office of Raymond A. Jackson, U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He was a member of Grace Community Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of three years, Katherine Wone of Oakton; his parents, Bill and Aimee Won of Fairfax County; a brother; and his grandmother, Lucy New of Oakton.

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