Friday, July 31, 2009

Jim Mayer Leaves a Legacy of Good Will and Contribution

I am sad to note that James I. Mayer passed away today. Jim served on the Regional Park Authority Board from 2001 – 2009 and was the Chairman from December 2007 – February 2009. Jim was a person of high intelligence and integrity, but he is perhaps best known for being good natured. His friendly demeanor and ever present humor had a positive effect on everyone around him.

Jim loved the parks. He was proud of having played all the mini-golf courses in the regional park system. He was particularly attached to Potomac Overlook and the W&OD Trail. As Chairman he helped plan the extensive renovation made at the Potomac Overlook Nature Center that have transformed it into a center for energy education. During his tenure as Chairman, NVRPA saw expanded use of our parks, bold steps to acquire new lands, as well as good financial management. NVRPA won the highest awards for both the budget and audit from the Government Financial Officers Association during this period.

Jim had a career in the Air Force and Federal civil service, was Chairman of Arlington’s Industrial Development Authority, Secretary of the Arlington United Way Board, Chair of the Arlington Committee of 100, and a Board Member of the Dominion Brewing Company.

Jim lived a life of contribution to his community, and we are all enriched by those gifts.


Anonymous said...

Jim Mayer will be missed in many ways. He was a wonderful friend and advisor to the Bush family.
Alice Bush Kachejian

Jerry Mayer said...

Thanks for posting these words about Dad, and for visiting him in the hospital.

Anonymous said...

This world just lost one the good ones, and heaven has just gained a true gentleman.

Ruffin, NC