Francis Fife

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Francis Fife

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

Biographical Information

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

In 1974, Fife abstained from the vote that created the Downtown Mall because of his job as vice president of the People's Bank[2][3].


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.

In 2010, the Habitat for Humanity named a street after Fife[4]

Leadership positions in regional government

For a time in the early 1980's, Fife served as Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission[5]. 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[6]. He is also on the Board of Directors for the group Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population.

External links


  1. 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.
  2. 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.
  3. 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. <>.
  4. Dixit, Rachana. "City Street Named after Former Mayor | Daily Progress." Home | Daily Progress. 25 July 2010. Web. 26 July 2010. <>.
  5. Charlottesville City Council Minutes, 4 Aug. 1982. City of Charlottesville, Virginia. Retrieved 12 Jul. 2009.
  6. Welcome to Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population. Web. 15 Aug. 2009. <>.