DPVA State Central Committee Passes Memorial Resolutions

Note: During Saturday’s meeting of the Democratic Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee passed the following Memorial Resolutions unanimously

  • Memorial Resolution celebrating the life of George Rawlings
  • Commemorating the life and public service of Hon. Ellen Bozman
  • Honoring the Life and Work of Marwan Burgan (1954-2009)
  • Resolution Honoring Jane Vitray
  • Resolution in Memory of Airi Roulette
  • Resolution in Memory of Jake Davis
  • Celebrating the life of Captain Thurlow Quinton Hutchinson, U.S. Navy Reserve Retired
  • Celebrating the life of Captain Frederick W. Silverthorne, U.S. Navy Retired

MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

  • Memorial Resolution Celebrating the life of George Rawlings

Whereas George C. Rawlings, Jr. was a distinctive political figure who changed the course of Virginia history, transforming both the Democratic and the Republican parties and opening the doors of opportunity and justice to all;

Whereas the son of the Fredericksburg area, who grew up in Ashland, earned his undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College and a law degree from the University of Virginia;

Whereas George C. Rawlings, Jr. practiced law in Fredericksburg for over fifty years and helped thousands of citizens to pursue their legal rights in state and federal courts;

Whereas he was active in civic and political affairs and was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1963, defeating a Byrd machine stalwart who campaigned against racial integration, and served for three terms in the House of Delegates;

Whereas George C. Rawlings, Jr. courageously pursued an enlightened and progressive legislative agenda as a member of the House of Delegates, including support for public education, free textbooks, and civil rights for all Virginians, in opposition to the prevailing political views of the era;

Whereas, the young activist lawyer was instrumental in the repeal of the repressive poll tax which denied many Virginians the right to vote and then worked actively to register thousands of new voters;

Whereas George C. Rawlings, Jr. helped topple the powerful Harry F. Byrd machine, in control of Virginia government for 40 years, by defeating the longtime conservative chairman of the U.S. House Rules Committee, Howard W. Smith, in the 1966 Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District;

Whereas Rawlings’ victory was based on the support of recently enfranchised African-American voters and opened the door to the passage of national civil rights legislation with the defeat of obstructionist Smith;

Whereas, in 1970, George C. Rawlings, Jr. proudly carried the Democratic banner as the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate against Independent Harry Byrd, Jr., who left the Democratic party instead of competing in the primary;

Whereas Rawlings constantly worked to promote progressive policies at the national level, serving as a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1972 to 1980;

Whereas George C. Rawlings, Jr. also chose to assist the Democratic party at the local level, serving as chairman of the 8th Congressional District Committee from 1983 to 1993;

Whereas George C. Rawlings, Jr. led a full, open and triumphant life, while enduring the low points, including the tragic loss of family members and his legal practice;

Whereas, it is courageous and determined Virginians like George C. Rawlings, Jr. who fought for civil rights for all Americans and set the stage for Barack Obama’s historic Presidential victory;

Be it resolved, on this the 13th day of June, two thousand and nine, in Colonial Williamsburg that the Democratic Party of Virginia hereby honors posthumously one of the great figures of 20th Century political life, George C. Rawlings, Jr. of Fredericksburg.

  • Commemorating the life and public service of Hon. Ellen Bozman

Whereas, Arlington, Virginia and the metropolitan D.C. region suffered the loss this year of Ellen Bozman, long-time Arlington County Board member, dedicated Democratic and tireless civic activist working to increase the quality of life for all residents in all ways;

Whereas, Ellen Bozman was a courageous pioneer civic activist, and an inspiration to generations of civic activists in our area;

Whereas, Ellen Bozman’s civic activism included her dedicated leadership during the 1960s of Arlington efforts to desegregate the Arlington schools during the state of Virginia’s massive resistance policy defying federal law to desegregate Virginia’s schools;

Whereas, Ellen Bozman’s leadership, at a time when few women were in leadership positions, provided inspiration, encouragement and mentoring to women wishing to become involved in public service;
Whereas, Ellen Bozman’s activism included activities such as strengthening day care programs, initiating services for the frail elderly, promoting affordable housing, supporting cultural activities, and starting the farmers’ market, and many programs designed to increase the quality of life in the Arlington and Northern Virginia community at large;
Be it resolved, on June 13, 2009, the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee, extends its appreciation to Ellen Bozman and her family for a life time of work on behalf of her community, work which has inspired a generation of Virginians to follow in her footsteps, which helped to create today’s Arlington model of civic activism, and its tradition of providing services to those who most need them, and quality of life for all a community priority.

  • Honoring the Life and Work of Marwan Burgan (1954-2009)

Whereas, Marwan Burgan, a Palestinian, was born in Jordan and became an American. After receiving his Masters in Sociology from American University, Marwan Burgan served in Congress from June 1985-January 1993 becoming Administrative Assistant, (chief of staff), in the Washington Office of Congressman Mervyn M. Dymally, a ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee;

Whereas, Marwan Burgan served on the Fairfax County Democratic Committee Steering Committee as a member of the state Central Committee and a precinct captain in Mason District;

Whereas, Marwan Burgan was awarded the Grass Roots Award for the Eleventh Congressional District at the Virginia state Jefferson Jackson Dinner in 2006 and was a national delegate in 2004;

Whereas, Marwan Burgan was an active leader in the Arab-American community and was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award by the Arab-American Institute for his service;

Whereas, Marwan devoted his life to public service and actively sought to expand the Democratic Party’s by encouraging new Americans to become politically active;

Whereas, when Marwan Burgan was diagnosed with cancer, he immediately started a project to involve new Americans not just in democracy but also in leadership. Marwan Burgan’s legacy includes the Project for American Civic Engagement, (PACE), an organization he founded that helps place under-represented minorities and New Americans in internship positions on Capitol Hill;

Be it resolved, on June 13, 2009, The Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee honors the life and deeds of Marwan Burgan, and extends its appreciation to Marwan Burgan and his family for a lifetime of public service.

  • Resolution Honoring Jane Vitray

Whereas, Jane Gallien Vitray and her husband G. Alain Vitray registered voters in the African American neighborhoods of Northern Virginia and gave them rides to the voter registrar’s office and to the polls in the early 1960’s. They also helped lead the fight against segregation in Fairfax County schools;
Wheres, Jane Vitray served leadership positions in campaigns for Gus Johnson and George Rawlings, Jr. for Congress and Henry Howell for Governor. She served in the Democratic National Committee’s Office of Women’s Affairs and helped plan the 1976 Democratic National Convention. She worked on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign and served as treasurer for Chuck Robb in his campaigns for Lieutenant Governor, Governor and Senator. She was also an aide to Delegate Raymond E. Vickery, Jr;

Whereas; Jane Vitray was elected the first woman chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. She was a past chair of the Fairfax County Commission for Women and helped start the first shelter for battered women in 1978. She was one of the founders of the Good Ole Girls and the Farm Team designed for networking and to mentor women to become more active in politics and run for elected office;

Whereas, Jane Vitray was Secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board from 1982 to 1983. She served as an elder and Circle member of the Vienna Presbyterian Church and supported the Haiti Mission Project.

Be it resolved, that the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee hereby express its deep appreciation for Jane Vitray’s dedicated service to Democratic candidates and elected officials, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, and the Fairfax County community.

  • Resolution in Memory of Airi Roulette

Whereas, Airi Roulette, born in 1932 in Finland, and died at her home in Fairfax, Virginia on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009; and

Whereas, Airi Roulette excelled at being an American citizen more than most because she was involved in helping her community; and

Whereas, Airi Roulette was a devoted Democrat, a member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Providence District since 1970 and served on the 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee; and

Whereas, Airi Roulette was a tireless worker for candidates, campaigns and the Democratic Party, running campaigns, manning phone banks, calling volunteers to enlist them at headquarters for a candidate; and

Whereas, Airi Roulette was a wonderful baker of Finnish cake which she shared with friends, family, and the campaigns she worked on;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee mourn the passing of a dedicated and outstanding Democrat.

  • Resolution in Memory of Jake Davis

Whereas, Jake Davis was a longtime member of the Prince William County Democratic Committee, past chair of the Coles Magisterial District Democratic Committee, and
Whereas, Jake Davis was a former member of the County Democratic Steering Committee and served as the precinct captain for the McCoart Precinct, and

Whereas, Jake Davis was always proud to be a “Democrats Democrat” and always fought to have candidates put Democrat on their campaign materials, and
Whereas, Jake Davis donated countless hours over the years to elect Democrats whether that be canvassing, making phone calls, putting up signs, recruiting new members or standing outside the polls on Election Day, and
Whereas, Jake Davis served as the example of a dedicated Democratic activist to Prince William County residents everywhere,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee mourn the passing of a dedicated and outstanding Democrat.
8. Celebrating the life of Captain Thurlow Quinton Hutchinson, U.S. Navy Reserve Retired
WHEREAS, Captain Thurlow Q. Hutchinson, U.S. Navy Reserve retired, member of the City of Fairfax Electoral Board, affectionately known as “Hutch” and “T.Q”, died at home on February 20, 2009; and
WHEREAS, Thurlow Q. Hutchinson was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of a Navy doctor; and
WHEREAS, he attended a different grade school each year until his graduation from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, was a Sea Scout as a youth at Mare Island Navy Yard and continued on to NROTC in college, where in 1957 he graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology; and,
WHEREAS, Captain Hutchinson went on to do graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill, the American University earning an MBA, and the USDA Graduate School, earning a master’s degree in Economics; and
WHEREAS, he served on active duty with the US Navy in the Pacific Basin, and was a locally active Navy Reservist until his retirement in 1986; and,
WHEREAS, Captain Hutchinson was employed at the USDA in Washington, DC as a Transportation Economist until his retirement; and,
WHEREAS, he was a resident of the City of Fairfax since 1963, serving numerous community groups and committees, to include the Independence Day Celebration Committee, Kiwanis Club, Friends of Fairfax City, serving as President of the Old Lee Hills Civic Association, and he valued public service in all its forms and cared deeply about our country and the City of Fairfax; and,
WHEREAS, Captain Hutchinson served on the City of Fairfax Electoral Board from 1999 to 2009, many of those years as Secretary, and was a long-time sustaining member of the City of Fairfax Democratic Committee; and,
WHEREAS, he was formerly married to the late Hannah Weaver Hutchinson, and is survived by his daughter, Celeste and her husband Bruce Day of Falls Church, and his brother, Doug and his family of Carson City, NV, and his many friends; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee mourn the passing of a dedicated public servant and outstanding Democrat, Virginian, Captain, U.S. Navy Reserve Retired, Thurlow Quinton Hutchinson.
9. Celebrating the life of Captain Frederick W. Silverthorne, U.S. Navy Retired
WHEREAS, Captain Frederick W. Silverthorne, U.S. Navy retired, former mayor of Fairfax, died on February 6, 2009; and
WHEREAS, Frederick Silverthorne was born on July 9, 1918, in Buffalo, New York, and raised in Chicago, Illinois; and
WHEREAS, after attending the University of Illinois and completing advanced studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Frederick Silverthorne attended the Navy General Line School and the Naval War College; and
WHEREAS, as a naval aviator and Squadron and Air Group Commander, Captain Silverthorne bravely fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War; and
WHEREAS, Captain Silverthorne earned several medals and commendations for his bravery including the Distinguished Flying Cross; five air medals; two Navy Unit Citations; the National Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam); the Asiatic Campaign Medal; the Navy Occupation Service Medal; the Philippines Services Medal; the Pre-Pearl Harbor Service Medal; the American Defense Service Medal; and the Korean Service Medal; and
WHEREAS, Captain Silverthorne retired from the Navy in 1968 after 27 years of exemplary service and joined the National Security Industrial Association where he specialized in anti-submarine warfare for 20 years; and
WHEREAS, Captain Silverthorne moved to the City of Fairfax in 1962 and generously volunteered his time to the City at a time when it was experiencing rapid growth as a suburb of metropolitan Washington, D.C.; and
WHEREAS, Captain Silverthorne gave of his time and talents as a member of the City of Fairfax Planning Commission and as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; and
WHEREAS, Captain Silverthorne was elected to the Fairfax City Council in 1974; elected Mayor of the City of Fairfax in 1978; and re-elected mayor in 1980; and
WHEREAS, Captain Silverthorne was mayor at the time when the City of Fairfax was feuding with Fairfax County over the City’s independence and he was elected on a platform of preserving ties with Fairfax County including its school system; and
WHEREAS, Captain Silverthorne gave of his time and talents as a member of the City of Fairfax Democratic Committee and the 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee serving as Chair and other officer positions for enduring periods of time; and
WHEREAS, a man of commitment, dedication, and integrity, Captain Silverthorne leaves behind a legacy of service to his country, community, and family that all can emulate; and
WHEREAS, Captain Silverthorne will be sorely missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Bette; children Craig, Scott, Janet, and Nanci and their families, and his many friends and admirers; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee mourn the passing of a dedicated public servant and outstanding Democrat, Virginian, Captain, U.S. Navy Retired, Frederick W. Silverthorne.

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