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muschDonald J. Musch, born April 17, 1932, died on Sept. 10, 2015 in Williamsburg leaving his beloved wife of 57 years, Salome Tanner Musch, a daughter Melissa Branks and her family residing in Lusaka, Zambia and two sisters, Mrs. Gerald Devries of Hudsonville, Michigan and Mrs. Norman Boeve of North Muskegon, Michigan.

He was predeceased by his father Jacob and mother Ruth of Muskegon, Michigan.

After graduating from Western Michigan Christian High School, Mr. Musch enlisted in the U.S. Navy, spending four years with the Naval Security Group. Immediately following, he acquired his BA degree from the University of Colorado, his JD from the University of North Carolina and a graduate Certificate in Law from London University.

Mr. Musch spent a lifetime of government service as a FBI Special Agent, a CIA Operations Officer, an administrative assistant for a U.S. Senator, and retired, in April 1984 from the U.S. Foreign Service. He continued to serve as a Department of Defense contractor until July 2015.

As a writer and editor, Mr. Musch served as the editor and co-editor of the loose-leaf publication NAFTA published by Oxford University Press since 1994. He also was editor and co-editor of numerous works on international terrorism to include Civil Liberties and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Balancing Civil Rights and Security, and International Terrorism Agreements published by Oceana Publications, Inc. of Dobbs Ferry, NY.

While residing in Middleburg, Virginia, Mr. Musch served as town attorney and a member of the town council. He was also active in numerous volunteer activities. He led the formation of a privately operated library for the community and the ultimate transition to the present Middleburg Public Library.

Active in the Episcopal Church, he served as President of Westminster Canterbury Homes in the Diocese of Virginia, and as vice chairman of the Board of Goodwin House. He was also a member of the Board of the Northern Virginia Community College.

In the international trade arena, Mr. Musch served on the staff of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington where he was responsible for managing Chambers abroad and for preparing position papers on international trade and commerce.

He was an active, long-standing, member of DACOR in Washington, D.C. and during his career he traveled throughout the U.S. Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the American Cancer Society. Services were private.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Bucktrout of Williamsburg.

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