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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 559
Celebrating the life and contributions of Delegate Carrington Williams.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 7, 2003
Agreed to by the Senate, February 13, 2003

WHEREAS, Carrington Williams, a prominent member of the House of Delegates during the 1960s and 1970s, died on August 3, 2002; and

WHEREAS, Carrington Williams was born in Brookneal on June 21, 1919, and was educated at The Johns Hopkins University and earned his law degree at the University of Virginia Law School in 1942; and

WHEREAS, during World War II Carrington Williams served his country in the Pacific Theatre where he rose to the rank of captain in the United States Army Air Force; and

WHEREAS, Carrington Williams devoted his entire adult life to the practice of law and to the service of the people of Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, for more than a half century, Carrington Williams engaged in the practice of law in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, elected to the House of Delegates in 1966, Carrington Williams served two terms and was elected again in 1972 and served three terms; and

WHEREAS, Delegate Williams was a tax attorney and served on the House Committees on Finance, Privileges and Elections, and Nominations and Confirmations, as well as serving as Chairman of the Revenue Resources Commission; and

WHEREAS, Carrington Williams was a visionary leader in Northern Virginia's efforts to create regional approaches to its traffic and congestion problems; and

WHEREAS, Carrington Williams emphasized the importance of using Dulles Airport as a resource for the Northern Virginia region, which subsequently helped attract the high tech firms that established Northern Virginia as the economic engine of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Delegate Williams not only wanted the Commonwealth to grow and prosper but also wanted to preserve its rich heritage by serving as Chairman of the Civil War Preservation Trust, which worked to preserve battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley; and

WHEREAS, Carrington Williams envisioned a Virginia that celebrated its past while moving toward the future; and

WHEREAS, with vision, integrity, energy and diplomatic skills Carrington Williams made significant and long-lasting contributions to this Commonwealth and its citizens; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the passing of an exceptional Virginian, Delegate Carrington Williams; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Carrington Williams as an expression of the high regard in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly and the citizens of the Commonwealth.


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