Francis Fife

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Francis H. 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

Francis H. 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]


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.

In 1948, Fife was the chairman of the Charlottesville Albemarle County of the United World Federalists and an advocate of world government. [3]

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.

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[7][8].

External links


  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. Web. Fife Addresses Two Scottsville Groups, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, April 13, 1948, retrieved January 15, 2017 from University of Virginia Library.
  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. <>.
  7. 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.
  8. 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. <>.