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Date published: 1/29/2013


Baxley Tankard closed his practice in August 2012, though he continued to keep office hours until two months ago. His record 74-year tenure with the Virginia State Bar was celebrated in October 2012, when colleagues gave testimony to his enduring contributions and legacy. VSB president W. David Harless thanked Tankard for his selfless devotion in sharing his time, wisdom and guidance with all of the judges and lawyers present. And, in tribute to the way Tankard entered his court every time, retired Circuit Court Judge Glen A. Tyler conferred on him the honorific title "Dean of the Bar."

He always delighted in greeting his many friends and acquaintances, inquiring about their well-being, and sharing with them news of the day. When not hard at work, he enjoyed "Pine Cove," his home on Warehouse Creek, where clamming, boating and bird hunting brought him special pleasure. During the college football season, he was an ardent supporter of his alma mater's team, the U.Va. Cavaliers.

Baxley was predeceased by his first wife, Ann Clark Tankard; and by his brothers, Philip B. Tankard and John R. Tankard. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Butzner Tankard, who enriched their life together with travel as well as cultural and philanthropic interests. He is also survived by his nieces, Patricia T. Cook of Harwich Port, Mass., and Pamela E. Tankard of Groton, Conn.; his nephews, John R. Tankard III of Waban, Mass., and Philip W. Tankard II of Stonington, Conn.; and his grandnieces, Bronwen C. Battaglia of Buffalo, N.Y., and Laura C. Newman of Golden, Colo.

Burial on Jan. 30 will be private in Franktown Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Franktown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Alex Joyner and Rev. Harry Crandall officiating.

Contributions in Baxley's honor may be made to the Eastern Shore Food Bank, Box 518, Onley, Va. 23418; or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Box 17447, Baltimore, Md. 21298-9104.

Arrangements were by Holland Funeral Home, Nassawadox.

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