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SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 452
Celebrating the life of Charles P. Monroe.

Agreed to by the Senate, February 6, 2003
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 14, 2003

WHEREAS, Charles P. Monroe, the chairman of the Arlington County Board and an extremely popular and respected community leader, died on January 11, 2003; and

WHEREAS, Charles Monroe's sudden death brought to a premature end a public service career of great achievement and even greater promise; and

WHEREAS, a native of Arlington, Charles Monroe was a graduate of Yorktown High School, Duke University, and the Washington and Lee University School of Law; and

WHEREAS, Charles Monroe carried on a family tradition of service to the Arlington community, following in the footsteps of his father, Thomas Monroe, Arlington's first African-American circuit court judge, and his mother, Eleanor Thomas, a social worker and the first African-American member of the Arlington County School Board; and

WHEREAS, elected to the Arlington County Board in 1999, Charles Monroe was quietly effective, building on his long career of community activism to champion such causes as affordable housing, helping the financially disadvantaged, and increasing minority participation in government; and

WHEREAS, a former chairman of the Arlington County Human Rights Commission, Charles Monroe also served on the board of directors of the Arlington Housing Corporation and as a member of the Arlington Board of Zoning Appeals; and

WHEREAS, Charles Monroe won the respect and affection of the citizens of Arlington and their leaders with his sincerity, his dignity, his honesty, his eloquence, and his unshakeable commitment to improving the lives of the people of Arlington; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly mourn the untimely loss of an exceptionally effective and visionary leader, Charles P. Monroe; and, be it

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


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