Former Chairman Jack Herrity Passes Away

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Feb. 1, 2006


Fairfax County Mourns the Passing of
Former Chairman Jack Herrity

John “Jack” Herrity, a former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, passed away on Feb. 1, 2006, at 5:58 a.m. at age 74 after a two-week stay at Fairfax Hospital. His sudden death was a result of an aortic aneurysm.

Arrangements are being determined by the family.

“Jack Herrity has a place in Fairfax County history,” said Fairfax County Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. “He was a pivotal figure in the transition of this county from a bedroom community to an economic center in its own right. His tenure on the Board saw much controversy about growth and development, but in and out of office, his commitment to the community never wavered.”

Born in Arlington, Va., Herrity served 16 years on the Board of Supervisors from 1972 to 1988, including 12 years as chairman. He was first elected in November 1971 representing the Springfield District.

During his many years on the Board of Supervisors, Herrity was an advocate for many issues, including transportation and specifically the Fairfax County Parkway, Interstate 66 inside the Beltway and the Dulles Access Road. In 1995, the Fairfax County Parkway was named in his honor.

In honor of his many accomplishments for county residents, the Board dedicated the county planning and development building in his name in 1994. The Herrity Building, located at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, houses many agencies, including the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Department of Planning and Zoning and Park Authority.

Others also recognized his extraordinary service to the community, including the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Students Against Drunk Driving, Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, Metropolitan Subcontractors Association, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Fraternal Order of Police, Northern Virginia American Heart Association, Committee for Dulles, and the Northern Virginia Training Center for the Mentally Retarded. In 1980, Washingtonian magazine named him “Washingtonian of the Year.”

Prior to joining the Board and after his tenure ended, Herrity was in the private sector as a pension and insurance consultant.

Herrity’s efforts to improve Fairfax County’s quality of life extended beyond elected office. He continued his work on transportation issues as chairman of the Beltway Improvement Task Force, chairman of the Interstate Transportation Study Committee and chairman of the Quality of Life Committee for the Tysons Transportation Association.

He was directly involved in many community boards and foundations. He was founder of the Committee for Transplant Awareness, helping those like himself who had heart transplants. He also was a member of the Northern Virginia Community Foundation and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. In 1999, former Gov. James Gilmore appointed him to the Board of Visitors of George Mason University, where he served on the Faculty and Academic Standards and the Finance and Resource Development committees.

Herrity is survived by his wife, JoAnn Spevacek-Herrity, whom he married on Nov. 13, 2005; five children: Pat, John, Tom and Tim Herrity and Mary Beth Burger; 20 grandchildren and two siblings, Bobby Herrity and Diane Winsboro.

Former Chairman John "Jack" Herrity
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