Author: Kirsten Baldacci

In Memory – Charlie Euripedes

In Memory – Charlie Euripedes

We are sad to hear of the passing of Living Legend Charlie Euripedes. Charlie passed away on April 14, 2022. His accomplishments as a Living Legend can be read here. There is a viewing from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 

May 18 – Meet the Legends Reception

May 18 – Meet the Legends Reception

It is Back – Meet the Legends Reception May 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. After more than a two-year delay, we are ready to celebrate and welcome the newest Living Legends of Alexandria! This year’s reception will honor 

Oct 9 – Calhoun Memorial Service

Oct 9 – Calhoun Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service for Bob Calhoun on Oct. 9, 2021 at 11 am at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The link is https:/wpc-alex.org/bob-calhoun-memorial-service/

POSTPONED – Meet the 2020 Living Legends of Alexandria Reception

POSTPONED – Meet the 2020 Living Legends of Alexandria Reception

Postponed until Spring of 2022 due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns!

IN MEMORY – Carlyle “Connie” Ring

IN MEMORY – Carlyle “Connie” Ring

We are sad to hear of the passing of Living Legend Carlyle “Connie” Ring. Connie passed away just recently. His accomplishments as a Living Legend can be read here. Carlyle Conwell Ring Jr. (Age 90) Published by The Washington Post from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 

In Memory – Rose Berler

In Memory – Rose Berler

We are sad to hear of the passing of Living Legend Rose Berler. Rose passed away on May 19, 2021. Her accomplishments as a Living Legend can be read here.

Rose Enevoldsen Berler  (Age 95)  

Published by The Washington Post on May 23, 2021


Died May 19, 2021 after a stroke. Mrs. Berler was an avid gardener, whose yard won numerous neighborhood awards. She was a graduate of Sinai Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore and was the first woman and nurse to serve as chair of the board of Alexandria Hospital. She was a former president of the Alexandria League of Women Voters, and the first woman appointed to both the Alexandria Housing Authority and Virginia Housing Development Authority. She was born January 7, 1926 in Norfolk, Virginia. Her husband, Seymour Berler, died in 1991. She is survived by children, Anne of Myrtle Beach, SC, Joan of Alexandria, VA, and Daniel of Washington, DC, a sister, Edith Offenhartz of Canton, CT, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Monday, May 24, 2021 at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the League of Women Voters. https://www.lwv.org/. www.everlywheatley.com  

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/washingtonpost/name/rose-berler-obituary?id=6177873

In Memory – Wanda Dowell

In Memory – Wanda Dowell

We are sad to hear of the passing of Living Legend Wanda Dowell. Wanda passed away on April 21, 2021. Her accomplishments as a Living Legend can be read here. Wanda Sue Dowell Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 12, 2021 In loving memory of 

In Memory – James Henson

In Memory – James Henson

We are sad to hear of the passing of Living Legend James Henson. James passed away on December 13, 2020. His accomplishments as a Living Legend can be read here. James E. Henson Sr., retired Howard County Human Rights Office chief, dies By JACQUES KELLY BALTIMORE SUN |DEC 

In Memory – Joseph Shumard

In Memory – Joseph Shumard

We are sad to hear of the passing of Living Legend Joseph Shemard. Joseph passed away on October 17, 2020. His accomplishments as a Living Legend can be read here.



Obituary: Joe Shumard

“Mr. Parade,” volunteer organizer dies at 67

By Jeanne Theismann (http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/oct/23/obituary-joe-shumard/)

No name is more synonymous with Alexandria’s signature events than Joe Shumard. While known primarily for his decades-long leadership of the city’s George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee, Shumard was a behind-the-scenes workhorse with the Scottish Walk Parade, First Night Alexandria, Senior Services and the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association. On Oct. 17, the man known affectionately as “Mr. Parade” died from complications of heart surgery. He was 67.

“Joe had an amazing ability to draw people together to volunteer for causes,” said Shumard’s wife Ann. “There were some pretty incredible undertakings but Joe was able to manage them all.”

Born Nov. 11, 1952, in Seattle, Shumard was raised in San Mateo, Calif., where his high school sweetheart would go on to become his wife.

“I was 16 and Joe was 17 and the class president when we met,” said Ann Shumard. “We both had parts in a very bad high school play, spending more time in the Green Room waiting to go on than we did on stage. That gave us a chance to get to know each other.”

Following his 1971 graduation from Hillsdale High School, Shumard studied at San Jose State before transferring to the University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Public administration.

In 1976, he packed his worldly belongings into his VW Beetle and headed east to join his future wife in Washington DC. The couple often recalled Shumard’s arrival on July 3, 1976, just in time to view the bicentennial fireworks in the nation’s capital the following day.

The two were married May 12, 1979 and moved to Oronoco Street in Old Town in 1983.

“We both shared a love for history,” Ann Shumard said. “Alexandria was a place we felt we could put down roots and really be part of a community.”

Shumard joined the staff of Alexandria National Bank and spent the next 30 years in the banking profession. He subsequently joined the staff of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as membership director and later as president.

In 1994, Shumard joined the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee, becoming its chairman in 1999.

“I worked with Joe on the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee and other city-sponsored events from 2013 until early 2020 when the national health pandemic stopped almost everything,” said American Legion Post 24 Commander Henry Dorton. “Although most people think only of the Parade each February, it is largely because of Joe that the Birthday Celebration expanded to over a dozen George Washington-related activities during the month of February and throughout the year.”

Shumard’s passion for history extended to the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, where he served for many years as president and a member of the board of trustees. He served on the board of Living Legends of Alexandria and was himself named a Living Legend in 2012.

Additionally, Shumard was actively engaged with American Legion Post 24, Volunteer Alexandria, First Night Alexandria, the Campagna Center, the Alexandria Regional Council of the United Way National Capital Area, and the Rotary Club of Alexandria Central.

Among his many honors are the Volunteer Alexandria David Speck Award, the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Jeff Todd Award, and recognition from the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. Shumard also founded the John C. Evans Medal on behalf of the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Shumard is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ann Shumard, and sister Nancy Bea Shumard Conte (Stan) of Scottsdale. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, P.O. Box 22505, Alexandria, VA 22304 or online at www.friendshipfireco.org.

“Joe is deserving of all the recognition and accolades he gets and his selection as a Living Legend of Alexandria was most appropriate,” Dorton added. “It will be impossible for me and many others to think about the George Washington Birthday Parade without always thinking of Joe Shumard.”

In Memory – Bob Calhoun

In Memory – Bob Calhoun

We are sad to hear of the passing of Living Legend Bob Calhoun. Bob passed away on August 6, 2020. His accomplishments as a Living Legend can be read here. Former City Councilor and State Sen. Bob Calhoun dies at 83 By Cody Mello-Klein (https://alextimes.com/2020/08/obituary-bob-calhoun/) Bob