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Democrat Francis Fife served as [[Mayor of Charlottesville|Mayor]] of [[Charlottesville]] from 1972 to 1974. Fife is married to fellow former mayor [[Nancy O'Brien]]<ref>[http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2006/08/10/COVER-Amalg.doc.aspx 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor'], 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.</ref>.
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Democrat Francis Fife served as [[Mayor of Charlottesville|Mayor]] of [[Charlottesville]] from 1972 to 1974. Fife ws married to fellow former mayor [[Nancy O'Brien]]<ref>[http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2006/08/10/COVER-Amalg.doc.aspx 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor'], 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.</ref>.
  
In 1974, Fife abstained from the vote that created the [[Downtown Mall]] because of his job as vice president of the [[People's Bank]]<ref>[http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2006/08/10/COVER-Amalg.doc.aspx 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor'], 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.</ref><ref> Tubbs, Sean J., and Brian A. Wheeler. "Former Councilors Share Memories of Early Days of Downtown Mall." Audio blog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 13 Apr. 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2010. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2010/04/former-councilors-share-memories-of-early-days-of-downtown-mall-.html>.</ref>.
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He died on October 16, 2015 at the age of 95. <ref name="death">{{cite-progress|title=Charlottesville community icon Francis H. Fife dies|url=http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/charlottesville-community-icon-francis-h-fife-dies/article_dcf08922-7444-11e5-afc2-a79b5cef5b97.html|author=Bryan McKenzie|pageno=|printdate=October 17, 2015|publishdate=October 16, 2015|accessdate=October 18, 2015}}</ref>
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Fife is a life-long resident of Charlottesville who only spent time away because of his service during World War II. He initially ran for office in the 1950's as an independent Democrat, but came in third for a race for two seats. He was asked to run by the Democratic Party when he was elected in 1970, alongside [[Charles Barbour]].
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Fife lived in Charlottesville his entire life except for a period where he went away to serve during World War II and to attend graduate school. He graduated from the [[University of Virginia]] in 1941. <ref name="death" />. After the war, he earned a graduate degree in banking from Rutgers University.  
  
In 2010, the [[Habitat for Humanity]] named a street after Fife<ref>Dixit, Rachana. "City Street Named after Former Mayor | Daily Progress." Home | Daily Progress. 25 July 2010. Web. 26 July 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2010/jul/25/city-street-named-after-former-mayor-ar-349938/>.</ref>
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He initially ran for office in the 1950's as an independent Democrat, but came in third for a race for two seats. He was asked to run by the Democratic Party when he was elected in 1970, alongside [[Charles Barbour]].
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In 2010, the [[Habitat for Humanity]] named a street after Fife. <ref>Dixit, Rachana. "City Street Named after Former Mayor | Daily Progress." Home | Daily Progress. 25 July 2010. Web. 26 July 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2010/jul/25/city-street-named-after-former-mayor-ar-349938/>
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==Leadership positions in regional government==
 
==Leadership positions in regional government==
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==Community service==
 
==Community service==
 
Fife has been the member of governance board of several government agencies and non-profit organizations. They include the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Housing Authority, the [[Charlottesville Housing Foundation]] and the [[Piedmont Housing Alliance]]. He is also a founder and former President of the [[Rivanna Trails Foundation]]<ref>Welcome to Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population. Web. 15 Aug. 2009. <http://stopgrowthasap.org/about-directors.php>.</ref>. He is also on the Board of Directors for the group [[Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population]].
 
Fife has been the member of governance board of several government agencies and non-profit organizations. They include the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Housing Authority, the [[Charlottesville Housing Foundation]] and the [[Piedmont Housing Alliance]]. He is also a founder and former President of the [[Rivanna Trails Foundation]]<ref>Welcome to Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population. Web. 15 Aug. 2009. <http://stopgrowthasap.org/about-directors.php>.</ref>. He is also on the Board of Directors for the group [[Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population]].
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==Downtown Mall vote==
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In 1974, Fife abstained from the vote that created the [[Downtown Mall]] because of his job as vice president of the [[People's Bank]]<ref>[http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2006/08/10/COVER-Amalg.doc.aspx 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor'], 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.</ref><ref> Tubbs, Sean J., and Brian A. Wheeler. "Former Councilors Share Memories of Early Days of Downtown Mall." Audio blog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 13 Apr. 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2010. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2010/04/former-councilors-share-memories-of-early-days-of-downtown-mall-.html>.</ref>.
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==External links==
 
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==Notes==
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Revision as of 11:56, 18 October 2015

Francis Fife

Term Start 1972
Term End 1974
Preceded by Mitch Van Yahres
Succeeded by Charles Barbour

Biographical Information

Date of death October 16, 2015
Spouse Nancy O'Brien

Democrat Francis Fife served as Mayor of Charlottesville from 1972 to 1974. Fife ws married to fellow former mayor Nancy O'Brien[1].

He died on October 16, 2015 at the age of 95. [2]

Biography

Fife lived in Charlottesville his entire life except for a period where he went away to serve during World War II and to attend graduate school. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1941. [2]. After the war, he earned a graduate degree in banking from Rutgers University.

He initially ran for office in the 1950's as an independent Democrat, but came in third for a race for two seats. He was asked to run by the Democratic Party when he was elected in 1970, alongside Charles Barbour.

In 2010, the Habitat for Humanity named a street after Fife. [3]

Leadership positions in regional government

For a time in the early 1980's, Fife served as Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission[4]. He is also a former chair of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority.

Community service

Fife has been the member of governance board of several government agencies and non-profit organizations. They include the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Housing Authority, the Charlottesville Housing Foundation and the Piedmont Housing Alliance. He is also a founder and former President of the Rivanna Trails Foundation[5]. He is also on the Board of Directors for the group Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population.

Downtown Mall vote

In 1974, Fife abstained from the vote that created the Downtown Mall because of his job as vice president of the People's Bank[6][7].


External links

References

  1. 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Charlottesville community icon Francis H. Fife dies, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 16, 2015, retrieved October 18, 2015.
  3. Dixit, Rachana. "City Street Named after Former Mayor | Daily Progress." Home | Daily Progress. 25 July 2010. Web. 26 July 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2010/jul/25/city-street-named-after-former-mayor-ar-349938/>
  4. Charlottesville City Council Minutes, 4 Aug. 1982. City of Charlottesville, Virginia. Retrieved 12 Jul. 2009.
  5. Welcome to Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population. Web. 15 Aug. 2009. <http://stopgrowthasap.org/about-directors.php>.
  6. 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.
  7. Tubbs, Sean J., and Brian A. Wheeler. "Former Councilors Share Memories of Early Days of Downtown Mall." Audio blog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 13 Apr. 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2010. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2010/04/former-councilors-share-memories-of-early-days-of-downtown-mall-.html>.