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AAA Tidewater - Honoring Tim Timmons

Before he retired in 1996 from AAA Tidewater, Tim Timmons held the American Automobile Association record for length of service as president of a AAA branch – 62 years. Timmons took over AAA Tidewater in 1934 in the depths of the Great Depression when the association...

Anne Hurd - Keeping Kiwanis Volunteer's Memory Alive

Anne Hurd - Keeping Kiwanis Volunteer's Memory Alive

Anne Johnstone Hurd was born in New York City and raised by her grandparents in Connecticut. While living in Norfolk she worked as an administrative assistant for Sealtest Foods while volunteering at St. Andrews Episcopal Church and for the Children’s Hospital of...

BCF - Honoring Agency's Co-Founder

BCF - Honoring Agency's Co-Founder

A. Palmer Farley, Jr. was an ad executive who reveled in putting creative ideas into action. Farley was a native of Beckley, West Virginia who grew up working in the family newspaper business and graduated from West Virginia University with degrees in journalism...

Bernard Spigel - Supporting New Generations of Architects

Bernard Spigel - Supporting New Generations of Architects

Bernard Betzig Spigel (1895-1968) was a Richmond native who moved to Norfolk as a boy. He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and served in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War I. He then came home to set up an architecture...

Charles F. Burrough's Sr.

Charles F. Burrough's Sr.

Charles F. Burroughs Sr. was born in Tarboro, North Carolina. After he parents died he started working at the age of 10. He became an office boy for the Royster Fertilizer Company and paid room and board to live with the Royster family. In 1891 at age 20 he was...

Dan Brockwell

Dan Brockwell

Dan Brockwell was a self-taught Virginia Beach architect who grew up in Portsmouth and co-founded HBA Architecture in 1974. He was a leader in bringing the design-build concept to our region. He was a generalist who designed a variety of commercial and residential...

Dr. Alfred L. "Buzzy" Schulwolf

Dr. Alfred L. "Buzzy" Schulwolf

Alfred L. “Buzzy” Schulwolf graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School debt free in 1958 thanks in large part to the four-year scholarship he received from the Florence L. Smith Fund. Although the dollar amount sounds small today, the $3,000 annual...

Dr. Chin Seng "Frank" Fang

Dr. Chin Seng "Frank" Fang

Frank Fang was born in China in 1938 and moved to Taiwan in 1949. After graduating from college he earned two engineering degrees from North Carolina State University. He joined the faculty of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester County, where he...

Dr. Gwendolyn Moss

Dr. Gwendolyn Moss

Ever since Dr. Gwendolyn Moss’ mom Joyce passed away in 1998 she had pondered the best way to permanently honor her mom’s memory. After she lost her dad James in the summer of 2015, Moss decided the timing was right to create the Rev. Dr. Joyce G. Moss Theological...

Edwin W. Chittum

Edwin W. Chittum

Edwin W. Chittum was born in Rockbridge County in 1912. He attended Washington and Lee University with help from athletic scholarships. He played on the university’s football, basketball and baseball teams and ran track. He graduated in 1933 with a degree in...

Elisabeth Kelly King Reilly

Elisabeth Kelly King Reilly

Kelly Reilly was an inquisitive and energetic student who excelled in writing. For a “people person,” school offered Reilly the opportunity to make friends she would keep her entire life. Her wedding party included friends from kindergarten at Taylor Elementary...

Ettie Fearing Cunningham

Ettie Fearing Cunningham

Ettie Fearing graduated from Maury High School in 1913. She earned a teaching certificate from Farmville State Teachers College and taught math at Blair Junior High School in Norfolk. Although she gave up her teaching career to devote herself to family and...

Fannie Royster Cooke and Richard D. Cooke Sr.

Fannie Royster Cooke and Richard D. Cooke Sr.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation received its first scholarship fund in 1951 when Fannie Royster Cooke and Richard D. Cooke Sr. of Norfolk created the Richard D. Cooke and Sheppard R. Cooke Scholarship in honor of their sons. The scholarship is for students at...

Florence L. Smith

Florence L. Smith

Florence L. Smith was a Norfolk, Virginia physician’s daughter. Before her death in 1952 she arranged to create scholarships to honor her late father, Dr. Hy Smith. Dr. Smith was born and raised on a Canadian farm near Ontario. He attended the University of Michigan...

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Frances Facchini

Born in 1938 in Norfolk, Frances was the only child of Francis and Muriel Frost Facchini. Her grandparents, Michael and Minnie Turi Facchini, were Italian immigrants. He was a tailor in Norfolk known for the fine men’s suits he made and also the beautiful dresses he...

Fred and Betty Ward

Fred and Betty Ward

A scrapbook that Gertrude “Betty” Ward started in 1941 to document the lives of her and her husband Fred during World War II now lives in the Sargent Memorial Collection at the Slover Memorial Library in Norfolk. While Fred was deployed with the Navy, Betty kept...

Friends of Joshua P. Darden, Jr.

Friends of Joshua P. Darden, Jr.

Josh Darden (1936-2014) was a tireless advocate for the Hampton Roads region. He was part of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation family for many years — 27 of them as a board member including 10 years as the Foundation’s board chair. He co-founded the ACCESS...

Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Hampton Roads Sanitation District, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was created by public referendum in 1940 to eliminate sewage pollution in the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The mission of HRSD is to protect public health and the...

Helen Murphy Addington

Helen Murphy Addington

During her lifetime Helen Murphy Addington was proud to be a graduate of Maury High School’s class of 1916. Her bond to the Norfolk high school grew even stronger when her four children followed in her footsteps. Although she never attended college, Helen Addington...

Howard Weisberg and Nancy Clark - Building better lives for Hampton Roads high school graduates

Howard Weisberg and Nancy Clark - Building better lives for Hampton Roads high school graduates

For decades Howard Weisberg and Nancy Clark specialized in building homes for Hampton Roads families. Starting in 1958 their company, Clark-Whitehill Enterprises, constructed single-family neighborhoods like Windsor Oaks in Virginia Beach and apartment communities...

Hunter Davis

Hunter Davis

Hunter Davis was a typical 12-year-old Virginia Beach boy who loved all water sports, especially surfing and fishing. He enjoyed playing football with friends, and he excelled at Thalia Elementary School, which he completed before entering middle school. After an...

Jennifer Mooney Greene

Jennifer Mooney Greene

Jennifer Mooney Greene was a beloved English teacher at Green Run High School before passing away in 2013 from an illness. She was born in Point Pleasant, N.J. and lived in Virginia Beach. She graduated from Old Dominion University magna cum laude. Jen loved...

Joseph and Bertha White Harry

Joseph and Bertha White Harry

Joseph and Bertha Harry live forever through the scholarship legacy they created at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The Norfolk couple who lived in the Norview neighborhood never had their own children and passed away years ago – Bertha in 1985 and Joseph in...

Julia Atwater Bristow

Julia Atwater Bristow

Julia Bristow was a Norfolk native who worked for 30 years as a civilian writer at the Naval Safety Center editing the Lifeline magazine. Her father was principal of Maury High School; her mother was a former teacher. Julia graduated from Maury High, attended Sweet...

Kay White Baker - Art Scholarship Honors Educator

Kay White Baker - Art Scholarship Honors Educator

Kay White Baker was a painter and potter who delighted in teaching art to Norfolk Public Schools students. When the school district’s former director of art education died in 1987, her family and friends created the Kay White Baker Fund to provide financial...

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Leslie P. "Jack" Langley

Jack Langley of Virginia Beach remembers the relief he felt when he received a multi-year scholarship to Virginia Tech in 1953. That financial boost led Jack, a Maury High School graduate and son of a Norfolk barber, to a long career as a math teacher in Norfolk...

Lewis and Cheryl Martin - Following in the Footsteps of Florence Smith

Lewis and Cheryl Martin - Following in the Footsteps of Florence Smith

Lewis K. Martin II, M.D. was so strapped for cash in medical school that he feared he couldn’t buy the microscope he was required to own. To save money he didn’t purchase a car until he was 27 years old. As the first college graduate in his family, the Roanoke...

Louis and Alice Jaffe

Louis and Alice Jaffe

As editor of the Virginian-Pilot’s editorial pages Louis I. Jaffe spoke eloquently against the Ku Klux Klan and Prohibition while championing a new fine arts museum and colleges for Norfolk. In 1929 he won a Pulitzer Prize for editorials he crafted on the horrors of...

Lt. Col. Joseph Addison Hagan

Lt. Col. Joseph Addison Hagan

Lt. Col. J. Addison Hagan graduated from college in 1916 and served in the Marine Corps in World War I where he earned the distinguished service cross. Despite being wounded and discharged during the war, he served his country again in amphibious operations in World...

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Margarette Hanes Old (1885-1963)

Margarette Hanes Old was born in 1885 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and graduated from Salem Academy. In 1901, Mrs. Old’s father and uncle founded the manufacturing companies that would become Hanes. She was married William Thomas Old, former president of...