2007-10-31 / News


First Virginian to die in Iraq is honored in Chesterfield

Delegate Sam Nixon presented a memorial resolution last week to the mother of SSgt. Donald C. May Jr. May was the first Virginian killed in Iraqi Freedom.
A U.S. Marine sergeant who was the first Virginian to be killed in combat operations in Iraq was honored on Oct. 23 in Chesterfield.

Delegate Sam Nixon held the special event on the Old Chesterfield County Courthouse grounds in memory of SSgt. Donald C. May Jr., who was killed in action on March 25, 2003, while conducting convoy operations near the Euphrates River in Iraq.

An official memorial resolution was presented to the May family. "This will be a time for the community to gather and honor his family's sacrifice and that of all the men and women that have participated in the war on terror," Nixon stated. The event was scheduled on what would have been May's 36th birthday. He was assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, and Marine Corps. Air-Ground Combat Center.

In other announcements:

Dr. Pamela Hamilton-Stubbs has been elected vice chairperson of the National Medical Association's neurology/neurosurgery section. She is the director of the Sleep Clinic for Children and Adults and is board certified in pediatrics and sleep disorders medicine.

Eight persons from Chuo Green Development Co., a real estate group in Saitama, Japan, toured Martin's Grant at Old Gun, a D.O. Allen's Homes luxury maintenance-provided neighborhood that's been recommended by the Home Builders Association of Richmond. Based on some of the principles they viewed here, the Japanese group plans to develop a single-family home community of approximately 100 homes with environmentallysustainable green building concepts that are pedestrian-friendly.

Jim Dunn, president and CEO of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce since 1990 and a Midlothian resident, is retiring from the organization effective June 30, 2008. A certified chamber executive, Dunn has served the chamber profession for 38 years in North Dakota, Georgia, Ohio and Virginia. Some of his achievements include the recruitment of new air service to Richmond International Airport, the formation of the Greater Richmond Partnership and the development of the Regional Transportation Advocacy Board.

Allyson Klein wrote an original short story that has been published in the newly released "Chicken Soup for the Teen Soul: Real Life Stories by Real Teens," the latest book in the New York Times best-selling "Chicken Soup for Soul" series.

More than 70 county middle school students attended a Prejudice Awareness Summit at Virginia Commonwealth University earlier this month. The summit brought students together from nearly 30 metro Richmond schools to learn lessons about diversity, discrimination and respect to take back to their peers at their home schools. The summit was sponsored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the Junior League of Richmond along with corporate partner Wachovia.

Hank Kepner, president-elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, recently visited Falling Creek Elementary School students, sharing the many ways math is used in their daily lives.

Virginia State University and Owens & Minor are working on a partnership to provide business mentoring services to MAC Medical Supply Company, a certified womanowned medical supply manufacturer and distributor. Owens & Minor has enrolled Chicago based MAC Medical Supply under its U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program.

Keith Muth, the chief investment officer of Virginia Asset Management, has been named as one of the "Top 100 Wealth Advisors" by Worth magazine. Muth is one of only 158 financial advisors in the world who holds the three prestigious designations of certified public accountant, chartered financial analyst and certified financial planner.

Ariane Grabill has joined the Midlothian office of Decor & You as an interior decorator. Announcements can be e-mailed to, faxed to 744-3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

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