Arlington GOP Memorial

ACRC sadly notes the passing of several dear friends. All were active participants with the Arlington Republican Party, and each contributed greatly to the civic life of Arlington County. We shall treasure their memory for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.


Robert Atkins– Long time Civic Activist, Arlington County Republican Committee Treasurer (2000-12). (Dec. 8, 2013.)


The Hon. Hank Lampe – Republican state delegate (1969-71), retired business leader. (Oct. 28, 2012.)

The Hon. Pat Echols – Republican state senator (1969-71), nominee for Attorney General (1973), retired lawyer. (July 26, 2012.)


Ann Medlen – County Committee member and active volunteer, retired educator. (Nov. 21, 2011.)

  • More information: TBA
  • Memorial gifts:
    • Arlington Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund, c/o Cathy Eckbreth, 5409 – 36th Rd. N., Arlington, VA 22207;


Bob Stone – Former County Committee member, former Republican candidate for House of Delegates, federal official in Nixon and Ford Administrations. (Oct. 16, 2010.)

  • Article: Washington Post
  • Notices: Washington Post
  • Services: Tue., Nov. 16, 11 am, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2315 S. Grant St., Arlington.
  • Condolences: Joy S. George, Platte City, MO; or online

Chris Collins – Former County Committee member and communications aide to then-Gov. George Allen. (Jan. 23, 2010.)

Lawona (Randy) Spencer – Former president and longtime active member of the Arlington Republican Women’s Club. (Jan. 18, 2010.)

  • Notices: Dignity Memorial and Washington Post
  • Articles: Washington Post
  • Services: Tue., Jan. 26, 2 pm, at Arlington Funeral Home. Interment on Thu., Feb. 4, at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Condolences: Mr. Loren Spencer, 4105 – 27th St. N., Arlington, VA 22207, or online


The Hon. Kenneth Haggerty – Republican member of the County Board (1965-73), former president of Arlington Hospital, retired dentist. (April 3, 2009.)

  • Notice: Washington Post
  • Articles: Arlington Sun Gazette and Washington Post
  • Funeral mass: Wed., Apr. 8, 12 noon, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Arlington.
  • Condolences: Mrs. Penny Haggerty, 3505 N. Valley St., Arlington, VA 22207, or online
  • Memorial gifts: Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk, VA 23509 (or online); Catholic Charities of Arlington, 200 N. Glebe Rd. #506, Arlington, VA 22203 (or online); or charity of choice


Jack Hilton – County Committee member and precinct captain, retired U.S. Navy captain. (May 18, 2008.)

  • Articles: Naval career
  • Funeral: Wed., Aug. 13, 9 am, at Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery (see details).
  • Reception: Wed., Aug. 13, at Fort Myer Officers’ Club (following interment, approx. 11 am)
  • Condolences: Jeff Hilton (
  • Memorial gifts: Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlngton Blvd. #500, Falls Church, VA 22042, or online.

Frances Finta – County Committee member and volunteer, president of the Arlington County Civic Federation, former Republican candidate for County Board, retired educator. (June 19, 2008.)

  • Notice: Washington Post
  • Articles: Arlington ConnectionArlington Sun Gazette (news), Arlington Sun Gazette (profile); Arlington Civic Federation
  • Funeral mass: Fri., June 27, 10 am, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Arlington, followed by interment at Columbia Gardens, Arlington
  • Reception: Fri., June 27, at St. Agnes Church (following mass and interment, approx. 12:30 pm)
  • Condolences: Finta family, c/o Susan Phillips, 3317 – 23rd St. N., Arlington, VA 22201, or online
  • Memorial gifts: Arlington Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund, c/o Ann Medlen, 5920 – 9th St. N., Arlington, VA 22205.


The Hon. Joel Broyhill – former Republican member of Congress. (Sep. 24, 2006.)

Emily Reynolds – wife of County Committee member Frank Reynolds.

  • Memorial service: Thu., May 25, 7 pm, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Arlington.
  • Condolences: Mr. Frank Reynolds, 305 N. Manchester St., Arlington, VA 22203

The Hon. Leslie Phillips – former Republican member of the County Board. (Apr. 27, 2006.)

Lee Chavet – former County Committee member and Republican Women’s Club president. (Apr. 3, 2006.)

  • Notice: Beaufort Gazette
  • Condolences: Mrs. Lee Cruikshank, 16 Fraser St., Beaufort, SC 29907
  • Services: Wed., Apr. 19, 2 pm, at Arlington National Cemetery

Rosemary Gilead – County Committee member and dedicated volunteer. (March 11, 2006.)

  • Notice: Washington Post
  • Condolences: The Gilead family, c/o 1608 N. Utah St., Arlington, VA 22207 or online
  • Memorial gifts: Gold Star Wives of America, P.O. Box 361986, Birmingham, AL 35236 or

Halvor Ekern – former County chairman, former Republican candidate for House of Delegates, and former Arlington County Taxpayers Assn. president. (March 9, 2006.)

  • Notice: Washington Post
  • Memorial service: – Tue., Apr. 11, 9 am, at Post Chapel, Fort Myer.
  • Condolences: Mrs. Margaret Ekern, 3619 N. Peary St., Arlington, VA 22207 or online

Eugene Iwanciw – former County Committee member, former Republican Congressional staff member, and former president of the Arlington Optimist Club and Inter-Service Club Council. (Feb. 25, 2006.)

  • Notices: Sun Gazette and Washington Post (article and notice)
  • Memorial service: Sat., Apr. 1, 10:30 am, at Walker Chapel, Arlington.
  • Condolences: The Iwanciw family, 85 Meyersville Rd., Chatham, NJ 07928 or online
  • Memorial gifts: Ukrainian Museum, 222 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003 or

Donald Cournoyer – former County Committee member and volunteer. (Feb. 24, 2006.)

  • Notice: Washington Post
  • Condolences: Mrs. Martha Cournoyer, 2318 N. Kenmore St., Arlington, VA 22201 or online
  • Memorial gifts: American Heart Association, 7203 Poplar St., Annandale, VA 22003 or