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Douglas McFadden Mount Vernon, Ind. Douglas Bruce McFadden, 77, of New Harmony, Ind., passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at his home. He was born May 30, 1940, in Mt. Vernon, Ind., the son of Goebel and Georgia (Guffey) McFadden. His wife of 30 years, Dr. Deborah Carran is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He was a lawyer who was one of the country's leading antitrust litigators and a founding partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm McFadden, Evans & Sill. He was also a leader in communications law. He grew up on the family farm and attended Mt. Vernon High School where he was an outstanding athlete earning 9 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He graduated from the U.S. Capitol Page School, in 1958, where he served as a page in the U.S House of Representatives. He attended the University of Cincinnati where he played football and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He graduated with a B.S. degree, in 1962, and a J.D. degree in 1965. After graduation from law school he served as a Deputy and later Assistant Attorney General of Indiana and Chief Counsel of that office. There he headed both the appellate section and the criminal division. He argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the first in 1968, at the age of 27. At this same time, he sought the Democratic nomination for Congress from Indiana's 8th District but was defeated. He spent 13 years with the Bell Telephone System where he successfully defended the first EEOC case brought against the Bell System and then moved to AT&T's Washington office from 1971 to 1976; he represented the company in hearings before the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee. In 1976, he moved to New York and became a part of the AT&T antitrust trial team. He was responsible for the defense of the long-distance part of AT&T in antitrust cases. In 1981, prior to the breakup of AT&T, he left and joined the Indianapolis law firm of Dutton, Kappes & Overman. He opened a Washington, D.C. office for that firm which became McFadden, Evans & Sill in 1985. He was a pioneer in cellular communications. He was a founder of the first cellular company in Indianapolis, one of the first in the nation, which was later sold to Bell South. He formed the law firm of McFadden & Shoreman, in 1996, in Washington, D.C. and continued to practice law until 2012. In his spare time, he operated a successful cattle farm, near Mt. Vernon, raising registered Black Angus cattle. He has been active in the Free Masons. He served as Master of Federal Lodge No. 1 in Washington and was a member of Almas Temple, Scottish Rite, Royal Arch, a past commander of the Knights Templar, and the Royal Order of Scotland. He was also a member of IOOF. He was a member of Georgetown Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, president of the Board of Trustees, and Deacons. He was a member of the University Club in Washington and was an avid fisherman, golfer and excellent horseman. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Donald Goebel McFadden. He is survived by his daughter, Anne (Brad) Perkins; his first wife, Herma Blesi; two grandchildren, Edith Adeline and August Bradley Perkins; sister, Malinda (Darwin) Walls; nephew, Kirby Walls; niece, Cindy Pagnozzi; and cousins. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017, at Bethesda General Baptist Church, 1600 Savah Road, Mt. Vernon, Ind., with Rev. Stan Hoffman officiating and burial to follow in McFadden Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. service time on Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. Condolences may be made online at www.schneiderfuneralhome.com .
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