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SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 145
Celebrating the life of John W. Tolbert, Jr.

Agreed to by the Senate, January 27, 2000
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 4, 2000

WHEREAS, John W. Tolbert, Jr., of Leesburg, a prominent community leader in Loudoun County for many years, died on December 3, 1999; and

WHEREAS, a native of Charles Town, West Virginia, John Tolbert graduated from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., and was a successful restauranteur and caterer in Loudoun County; and

WHEREAS, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, John Tolbert was instrumental in the establishment of the Douglass High School, which was where Loudoun County’s African-American students were educated prior to integration; and

WHEREAS, appointed to the Leesburg Town Council in 1976, John Tolbert became the first African-American elected to the council in 1978; and

WHEREAS, John Tolbert, who never missed a meeting during his 14 years on the Leesburg Town Council, was elected by his fellow council members to the post of vice mayor of Leesburg in 1988; and

WHEREAS, John Tolbert remained active in community affairs following his retirement from the council, serving as chairman of the Environmental Advisory Commission, of which he was a founding member; and

WHEREAS, John Tolbert served as president of the Loudoun Chapter of the NAACP, vice president of the Leesburg Kiwanis Club, chairman of the Community Diversion Incentive Board, president of Keep Loudoun Beautiful, and president of the Loudoun Chapter of the American Heart Association; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of his long and meritorious service to his community, John Tolbert was named Man of the Year by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce in 1980 and has had a road, a bridge, and a building named in his honor; and

WHEREAS, throughout a long and exceptionally productive career, John Tolbert repeatedly demonstrated his dedication to and affection for the people of Leesburg and Loudoun County; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly note with great sadness the passing of a uniquely valuable citizen of the Commonwealth, John W. Tolbert, Jr.; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of John W. Tolbert, Jr., as an expression of the high regard in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly.


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