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Offered January 16, 1998
On the death of Parke S. Rouse, Jr.
Patrons-- Norment; Delegate: Grayson

WHEREAS, Parke S. Rouse, Jr., one of Virginia's best-known and best-loved writers, died on March 5, 1997; and

WHEREAS, a native of Smithfield, Parke Rouse was a 1937 graduate of Washington and Lee University who interrupted a promising newspaper career to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II; and

WHEREAS, during his early years as a journalist, Parke Rouse worked for The Times-Herald of Newport News and for the Richmond Times-Dispatch; and

WHEREAS, Parke Rouse combined his love of early Virginia history with his exceptional writing skills to produce 22 books and hundreds of newspaper columns on Virginia history, all marked by their author's innate grace, humor, and storytelling talent; and

WHEREAS, among Parke Rouse's best-known works were a biography of James Blair, founder and first president of the College of William and Mary; a history of the college president's house; and a popular chronicle of Williamsburg's history before and during its restoration; and

WHEREAS, in 1953, Parke Rouse became director of publications for Colonial Williamsburg, and in 1954, he became the first executive director of Jamestown Festival Park, a post he held for 26 years; and

WHEREAS, Parke Rouse was an instrumental figure in creating the Jamestown park in time for the celebration of the settlement's 350th anniversary in 1957; and

WHEREAS, Parke Rouse also served as director of the Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission and assisted in the planning for the 1976 visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Jamestown and Williamsburg; and

WHEREAS, Parke Rouse's love of Virginia and its rich history was both deep and long-lasting, resulting in an exceptional career as a newspaperman, historian, and public servant that lasted for 60 years; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly note with great sadness the passing of Parke S. Rouse, Jr., a Virginia gentleman and a scholar; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Parke S. Rouse, Jr., as an expression of the great affection in which his memory is held by the General Assembly and the citizens of Virginia.

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