|William August Volkman Jr.
William A. Volkman Jr., 100, who practiced law in Bethesda for many years and served
as a Montgomery County judge in the 1960s, died Sept. 29 at Bedford Court
independent living facility in Silver Spring. He had cancer, his son Richard Volkman said.
William August Volkman Jr., known as Buddy, was born in Washington and was a 1931
graduate of Western High School. He was a real estate title specialist and attended
what is now Strayer University before graduating from Southeastern University’s law
school in 1939.
Mr. Volkman opened a private law practice in the early 1940s and handled a wide
assortment of criminal and civil cases. He later specialized in family and estate law.
From 1962 to 1966, he was a judge on what was then called the Montgomery County
People’s Court. He later resumed his law practice until retiring in the 1990s.
Mr. Volkman lived in Kensington from 1954 to 2004 and was a member of the Bethesda
Kiwanis club. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring and did pro
bono legal work for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bethesda, assisting in the
development of group homes for the disabled.
He enjoyed boating and fishing on the Chesapeake and volunteered with many
charitable and citizens’ organizations.
His wife of 63 years, Mary Wells Volkman, died in 1998.
Survivors include four children, Mary V. Niemiec of Kensington, Joanne V. Wible of
McConnellsburg, Pa., William A. Volkman III of Apex, N.C., and Richard W. Volkman of
Rockville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.