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Honoring Judge Donald VanArtsdalen

Honoring the past leaders of the legal profession is
an important part of each year's Annual Meeting of
the Bucks County Bar Association. The meeting on
December 5, 2019 was no exception as the portrait of
the Honorable Donald W. VanArtsdalen (Artist: Joseph
Routon of Haddonfield, New Jersey), former Bucks
County District Attorney and Federal District Judge of
the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1970 - 1999,
was unveiled during the meeting.
It is a tribute to Judge VanArtsdalen's outstanding and
historic accomplishments that his is only the second
portrait hung in the Bucks County Justice Center of a
person who did not serve on the Bucks County bench.
George Lear (1818 - 1885), who also served as Bucks
County District Attorney, Bar Association President, and
later as Pennsylvania Attorney General, was the first
to be so honored.
Donald W. VanArtsdalen, a descendant of Holland
Dutch settlers in Bucks County, was born in Doylestown
and graduated from Doylestown High School in 1937.
While a junior at Williams College in 1940, well
before Pearl Harbor, he joined the Royal Canadian
Artillery, serving as an anti-aircraft gunner in London
during the German Blitz. In 1941 he transferred to
the United States Army and joined Darby's Rangers.

It is a tribute to Judge VanArtsdalen's
outstanding and historic accomplishments
that his is only the second portrait hung in the
Bucks County Justice Center of a person who
did not serve on the Bucks County bench.
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