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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 475
Offered March 8, 2004
On the death of Charles E. Beatley, Jr.
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Patrons-- Moran, Amundson, Armstrong, BaCote, Barlow, Baskerville, Bland, Brink, Councill, Ebbin, Eisenberg, Hall, Hull, Joannou, Jones, D.C., Lewis, Melvin, Miles, Petersen, Plum, Pollard, Saxman, Scott, J.M., Shannon, Shuler, Sickles, Spruill, Stump, Van Landingham, Ward and Watts; Senators: Saslaw and Ticer
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WHEREAS, Charles E. "Chuck" Beatley, Jr., former five-term mayor of Alexandria who was influential in the reshaping of the City of Alexandria during the 1960s and 1970s, died on December 29, 2003; and

WHEREAS, a native of Ohio, Chuck Beatley earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University in 1938, flew military planes to overseas bases during World War II, and received his master's degree from Ohio State University in 1947; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Beatley moved to Alexandria after World War II and became active in politics as a civic activist representing the Seminar Hill Association in the 1950s, forging an alliance with the Old Town Civic Association and leading a movement to prevent urban sprawl in his neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Beatley was elected to the Alexandria City Council in 1966, was elected mayor in 1967, and served in that position for 15 years, the longest-serving mayor in Alexandria history; and

WHEREAS, working with the City Council, Mayor Beatley transformed the Alexandria waterfront, including the acquisition of the Torpedo Factory; adopted one of Virginia's first human rights ordinances; established the first voter registration stations outside of City Hall; established the local "DASH" bus system; and approved the King Street urban renewal project, which revitalized Alexandria's business core; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Beatley was instrumental in donating the land for the construction of Northern Virginia Community College and acquiring and preserving Fort Ward Park and several historic properties in Old Town Alexandria; and

WHEREAS, in addition to his duties as mayor, Chuck Beatley served on numerous councils, commissions, and associations, including the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Alexandria Federation of Civic Associations, and the National League of Cities; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of his outstanding service, Chuck Beatley received the prestigious Ohio State University Alumni Citizenship Award for Distinguished Civic Service in 1995 and was honored in 2000 by the City of Alexandria with the dedication of the Charles E. Beatley, Jr., Library; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly note with sadness the loss of an exceptionally dedicated and effective public servant, Charles E. Beatley, Jr.; 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 Charles E. Beatley, Jr., as an expression of the high regard in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly and the citizens of Alexandria.


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