16 Richmonders of the Year
James W. Dunn (2000)
As executive director of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, he orchestrated egos, power and money to get things done. Jerry Oliver (1999) As Richmond Police Chief he helped a city gain confidence in its fight against crime, with his defiant attitude and programs such as Project Exile. Eugene P. Trani (1998) In his role as president of Virginia Commonwealth University, his energy and vision helped birth a new engineering school, a biotech park and a new face on Broad. Harold M. Marsh Sr. (1997) An attorney and substitute judge, murdered in July, Marsh gave of himself and consistently believed in the potential of others. Paul DiPasquale and Tom Chewning (1996) Amid controversy, criticism and debate, DiPasquale, an artist, and Chewning, a fund-raiser, delivered the Arthur Ashe monument to Richmond. MCV Hospitals (1995) Despite cuts and new governance, the downtown hospital system re-engineered itself to hold tight to its priorities. James and Robert Ukrop (1994) As successful grocers and businessmen, the Ukrops helped focus the corporate community's attention on the city's development and charitable work. Nina Abady (1993) The Queen of Festivals, the late director of Downtown Presents brought people of all races together through fun, social, peaceful events that helped define us. Arthur Ashe (1992) In one of the most difficult years of his life, the humanitarian and tennis great reconnected to Richmond and continued to stand for something. Marty Tapscott (1991) The new chief of police reshaped the department, lifted the morale of his officers and brought a community policing plan to Richmond. Mary Tyler Cheek McLenahan (1990) A Virginia blue blood whose personal drive and civic leadership helped bring a new age of low-income housing to Richmond. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder (1989, 1985) Through his will and skill, Wilder won election to lieutenant governor in 1985, then governor in 1989, earning national attention and inspiring Virginia. Barbara Grey (1988) There was turmoil at the upper levels of the Richmond school system, but this longtime educator and Fox School principal continued to inspire. Richmond Bureau of Police (1987) In a stressful year marked by bad blood between the police and City Hall, the work of the department's rank-and-file officers did not go unnoticed. Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr. (1986) As a distinguished U.S. District judge, he achieved senior status after 20 years on the bench, and presided over such landmark issues as the integration of Richmond's schools.