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December 16, 2014 Published in Non-Profits, Top Stories

Living Legends Of Alexandria – 2015 Nominees

Living Legends of Alexandria is an ongoing 501(c)(3) photo-documentary project to identify, honor and chronicle the people making current history in Alexandria. The project was conceived in 2006 to create an enduring artistic record of the people whose vision and dedication make a positive, tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria.  Visit for information about the project.

The Legends of 2015 will be selected in January from among the following nominees:

Betsy Anderson, Kathleen Baker, Sharon P. Colbert, Brooke Sydnor Curran, Loti Kennedy Dunn, Donna Fossum, Lorraine Friedman, Marga Fripp, Linda Rosevear Greenberg, Ulysses S. James, Judy Miller, Richard Moose, Alice P. Morgan, Fred G. Parker, Karen Paul, Gordon Peyton, Ted Pulliam, Joyce Rawlings, Gayle Reuter, Joan Singer, Sam, Mitzi and Jerry Terlitzky, Adrienne Terrell Washington and Frances Colbert Terrell, Jennifer Walker and Gerald Wanzer.

The Legends and nominees will be introduced at the Meet the Legend Reception on March 19 at the Patent & Trademark Madison Building.  For information about the reception see or call 703-683-4035.

2015 Living Legends Nominees

Anderson-314x5cBetsy Anderson, advocate for Alexandria Visual Arts, has contributed to the development, mentorship, and success of many others by serving on numerous boards, committees and community groups to help nurture and broaden the aim of supporting, educating  and elevating Alexandria’s flourishing status as a vibrant visual arts community.





Baker-464bx5cPerforming artist and educator Kathleen Baker created the role of “Mistress Kathleen, Humble Servant” to interpret Alexandria’s early history at Gadsby’s Tavern and soon became a Museum docent, a performer at the Restaurant’s Publick Table and Artist-in-Residence for the Office of Historic Alexandria. She inspired creation of the 18th Century Fair, a major historical interpretation and founded “Opera Americana,” a nonprofit professional performing company to revive the ballad opera and concert scene popular in Alexandria’s Federal Era.





Sharon Colbert, Founder/President of Village Resource Foundation Corporation, is a busy, compassionate volunteer. She partnered with Oakland Baptist Church and ARHA to promote childhood literacy and early learning; fellowships at Alexandria Police Department; provides food for homeless cats here; developed an exercise program for at-risk children; and organized Girl Scout Troops at First Mt. Zion and Oakland Baptist Churches.





A problem-solver who recognizes urgent need, Brooke Sydnor Curran takes action and inspires others to help Alexandria’s at-risk kids. RunningBrooke devotes its work to ensuring that all young children in Alexandria, no matter their background or circumstances, come to school healthy and ready to succeed.






Loti Dunn’s determined and continued support of the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA) for over 25 years helped to grow the fledgling effort into the effective organization it is today. Because of her constant nurturing, to date, the SFA has awarded $11 million in scholarships to 4,000 students.






Linda Ferguson Rosevear Greenberg has a love of history and an appreciation for this country's governing documents that inspired her to work with Alexandria's mayor and City Council to bring in young students to the council's chambers for the annual commemoration of Constitution Week, inspiring the next generation of leaders.






Donna Fossum has been a trailblazer, activist and champion for Alexandria’s West End Community being a major voice getting what’s best for the West End. Her role over the years has often been working behind the scenes, doing the heavy lifting, regardless of the issue faced. She knows how to proceed productively to continue to transform West End into one of the more desirable places to live.





Lorraine Friedman, a lawyer by training, has spent more than 10 years helping to empower children, young parents and adults alike through her DreamDog Foundation and its multiple programs aimed at spreading literacy, encouraging access to services and supporting those in the community who might otherwise struggle to be represented.






Marga Fripp, founder and “Chief Visionary” behind Alexandria-based Empowered Women International, marks thirteen years of service to over 3,000 immigrant, low-income, and minority women. This unique, full-service nonprofit has empowered many with the tools and support to become successful entrepreneurs and contributing citizens on the road to The American Dream.





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Ulysses S. James has been an iconic influence on the arts in Alexandria for nearly 30 years. With vision and perseverance, he has shepherded the success of three orchestras based in the City, engaged youth in nurturing lifelong arts experiences, led the Arts Forum, and fostered unique programs that make classical music accessible to the Alexandria community.






For almost 30 years Judy Miller has used her organizational skills to make the 4th of July Celebration in the Rosemont neighborhood and the Alexandria Federation of Civic Associations important institutions in the community.







Richard Moose is cofounder and the first chairman of the board of At Home Alexandria, a nonprofit for Alexandrians ages 55 and older who want to remain in their homes. AHA coordinates access to services and provides interactions to enhance members’ quality of life, enabling them to age successfully in the community.






Alice Morgan initiated and chaired Alexandria’s Martin Luther King Memorial Service, received the Alexandria Commission on Women’s Marguerite Payez Lifetime Achievement Award, was the first woman and first African American woman to be appointed to the Planning Commission, and was the first African American woman to run for City Council.





Parker-x5cFred Parker and his late brother Jim chanced a dilapidated building on upper King Street for their first Hard Times Café chili parlor.  The pioneering chili slinger paved the way for an array of restaurants, shops and hotels near the King Street Station that have revitalized the neighborhood and made it a thriving destination.





Paul-465x5cKaren Paul has proudly served the US Senate as an Archivist (since 1982) and the Alexandria Association as President for over 20 years. Karen makes it possible for others to appreciate the historical relevance of Alexandria and has played a vital role in grant matching programs dedicated to restoration and preservation of many landmarks in the city.






For over 40 years, Gordon Peyton has fully devoted his time and energy to serving both his community and his law clients of Alexandria to improve their lives and carry out legal, financial guardianship and probate matters. His passion for helping the underserved extends to both the young and the elderly.






Curiosity about local place and street names set Ted Pulliam on a decades-long fact finding mission that has turned the former attorney into a historical researcher, volunteer public servant and prolific author. Pulliam has traveled back in time to chronicle and offer authoritative insight into Alexandria’s history.






Joyce Rawlings’ service to Alexandria connects children, youth and parents with schools and services, with a particular emphasis on assisting minority and immigrant families.  Often among those who started Alexandria programs, Rawlings advocated for and helped create Family Resource Learning Centers – precursors of Alexandria’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) centers.






Gayle Reuter was instrumental in turning the Del Ray neighborhood into the place "Where Main Street Still Exists." Today she continues to be a driving force in the Del Ray Halloween Parade, Art on the Avenue, Turkey Trot and all of the other Del Ray events she helped create and the neighborhood is now known for.






A passionate love of the tango led violinist Joan Daggy Singer to create five afterschool bilingual classes and storytelling sessions for young immigrants settling in Alexandria.  Music appreciation and lessons, social engagement, and even soccer moves have brought together a diverse community and the opportunity for kids to perform with an internationally known professional tango ensemble.






Sammy, Mitzi and Jerry Terlitzky are pioneers who played a critical role in the economic development of Upper King Street by opening Terlitzky’s Delicatessen when the 1300 block was initially known as a “bad area.”  They built a clientele quickly by offering groundbreaking New York Kosher style items and bigger menu selections and with this initial success, motivated other entrepreneurs to invest too.






When Adrienne Terrell Washington and Frances Colbert Terrell trace their ancestry, they only have to look at the ground they stand on to envision former homesteads, a school, a church and gravesites. Generations of the Terrell family and others once resided in the Fort Ward neighborhood, and today, adjacent to TC Williams High School and the Oaklawn Baptist Church. They’ve honored their displaced, but once tightknit community with a walking tour, signage and continuing studies about where post-civil War freed African Americans lived and died.





Jen Walker embraces her Del Ray as the idyllic home town, where neighbors wave from their front porches, lend a hand to neighbors and patronize local merchants. Thanks to Walker, Del Ray citizens of all generations gather under the stars on summer evenings to munch popcorn and watch family-friendly movies together.






George Wanzer always wanted to be a firefighter but in order to achieve his dream, he had to help break barriers. He served the city for more than 10 years, helping to integrate the fire department and paving the way for the women and other minorities to follow in his footsteps.

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