Former BOV Member ‘Jack’ Herrity Dies

Posted: February 2, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jack Herrity
Jack Herrity
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John “Jack” Herrity, former member of George Mason University’s Board of Visitors (BOV) and former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, died on Feb. 1 at the age of 75.

Herrity was a member of Mason’s BOV from 1999 to 2003, serving on the Faculty and Academic Standards and the Finance and Resource Development Committees.

“George Mason University was fortunate to have Jack Herrity as part of our governing body during important years in our growth. He was a strong public servant and someone who cared very much about the growth and welfare of our students and institution,” said Mason President Alan Merten.

Born in Arlington, Herrity was elected to the Board of Supervisors and served from 1972 to 1988, including 12 years as chairman. During his years on the county board he was an advocate for many issues, most notably construction of the Fairfax County Parkway, the Dulles Access Road and expansion of Interstate 66. In 1995, the Fairfax County Parkway was named in his honor.

In addition to serving on Mason’s BOV, Herrity was actively involved with a number of other community organizations, including the Committee for Transplant Awareness, which he founded, the Northern Virginia Community Foundation and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Spevacek-Herrity, five children, 20 grandchildren and two siblings.

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