Donald J. Musch

April 17, 1932 - September 10, 2015
Donald J. Musch

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Donald J. Musch, born April 17, 1932 died on September 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 4 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; as an Administrative Assistant for a U.S. Senator, and retired, in April, 1984 from the United States 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. and he was 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 United States 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 travelled throughout the United States, Europe,

Asia, and the Middle East.In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the American Cancer Society.  Services were private.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bruton Parish Episcopal Church - Directions
201 West Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • September 16, 2015
    Rick Campana, MD says:
    I wish to offer my deepest condolences to Mr. Musch's family.

  • September 18, 2015
    Nicole F says:
    It was the highest honor to have known and worked with Don these past few years. His goofy sense of humor combined with the highest standards of personal and profession excellence made him an absolute joy to be around. This was a man who lived fully and gladly shared his time, wisdom and knowledge to benefit hundreds of young minds, including my own. To say he will be missed is an understatement. Fair winds and following seas Don. God bless and keep your family until you are reunited.

  • September 20, 2015
    Steve & Diane Bailey says:
    Our heartfelt condolences to Don's wife and entire family. We are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed talking to Don, through the years and "over the fence", as we would work on our shrubs and lawns. He will be missed.