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 College Foundation and CIVIC Leadership Institute, served on state commissions and as rector of the University of Virginia, and spearheaded the $28 million fundraising drive for the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corp Community Center which opened in Norfolk in 2014.

Darden grew up in Norfolk’s Lochhaven neighborhood. He graduated from the University of Virginia and served in the Army before joining the family business — the Colonial Chevrolet car dealership his father started. During his time as President and later owner of Colonial Chevrolet and Colonial Auto Group, Darden served as a mentor to many of his employees and helped several of them start their own dealerships.

In 2009 more than 40 of Josh’s friends and colleagues joined forces to create the $1.2 million Friends of Joshua P. Darden Scholarship at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to public school graduates from South Hampton Roads.