Former BOV Rector Edgar Allen Prichard Dies

Posted: August 16, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Edgar Allen Prichard, former Board of Visitors (BOV) rector and an instrumental player in bringing George Mason University to Fairfax, died yesterday at the age of 80.

As a member of the Fairfax City Council from 1953 to 1964 and then as mayor of Fairfax from 1964 to 1968, Prichard provided George Mason with the support and encouragement crucial to its transition from a fledgling two-year extension of the University of Virginia to its present stature as a major university.

He became a trustee of the George Mason University Foundation upon its formation in 1966, and later served as president of the foundation. He was a member of the BOV from 1982 to 1991, and served as rector from 1989 to 1991. In 1995, he received the Mason Medal, the university’s highest honor, in recognition of his numerous contributions to the university, commonwealth, and nation. At the time of his death, he was a trustee emeritus of the foundation as well as the honorary founding chairman and a charter member of the Legacy Society, established to honor alumni and friends who have made provisions for planned gifts to the university.

Prichard attended the University of Oklahoma and, in 1948, earned his LL.B. from the University of Virginia. A specialist in land-use law, Prichard helped draft the First Cluster Ordinance for Fairfax County, as well as numerous other zoning provisions. He also served as president of the Fairfax Bar Association in 1964 and vice president of the Virginia State Bar in 1969.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. at Truro Episcopal Church, 10520 Main Street, in Fairfax. Visitation hours are Thursday and Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Prichard home, 3820 Chain Bridge Road, in Fairfax. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to the Edgar Allen Prichard Scholarship Endowment, c/o George Mason University Foundation Inc., MS 1A3.

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