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Honoring our Chapter Compatriots
Past Virginia Society President Donald W. Baldwin passed away on April 17, 2023 at the age of 93. Don was one of the earliest, longest-standing, and most dedicated members of the George Washington Chapter. Born in Danville, VA on May 18, 1929, Don became a Chapter member in 1960 and served as Chapter President in 1963. After his tenure, he continued his service to the Sons of the American Revolution, serving as Virginia SAR President 1969-70 and subsequently as Vice President General of the Mid-Atlantic District. Don’s Virginia SAR legacy continues to live on through the Donald W. Baldwin Award, given annually to the Virginia SAR Chapter with the largest membership increase. Don continued to be a regular attendee at Chapter and State meetings and events for six decades before eventually moving to Kettering, OH in 2020. For more recent Virginia SAR members, however, Don was likely best known for the introduction he typically received during the annual July 4th March to the Tomb and Wreath Laying at Mount Vernon as “the George Washington Chapter President when the first such commemoration was held” in the early 1960’s.
William F. Vosbeck, Jr. peacefully passed away in his sleep Dec. 15, 2021, at The Fairfax Retirement Community in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Bill was born in Mankato, Minnesota, May 13, 1924. It was at the end of high school when he met his future wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Just. Together they attended the University of Minnesota and upon graduating they married, a marriage that lasted 74 years. While still in college, Bill enlisted with the US Marine Corps. After leaving the Marines, he convinced his younger brother, Randy, also an architect, to come to the East Coast. Together they formed their own architectural firm, Vosbeck, Vosbeck & Associates. Bill was a member of the George Washington Chapter, SAR for 25 years, his Revolutionary War patriot, Jonathan Parke served as a Private in the Chester County, PA troops.
James Patrick Barry, 90, passed away on June 27, 2021. The family didn’t provide an obituary as a memorial.
James was a member of the George Washington Chapter, SAR for 12 years, his Revolutionary War patriot, Michael Kiser, was a Private in the Philadelphia County, PA militia.
Past Commander Robert L. Fitton, AP, passed away on April 26, 2021 at age 89. Bob joined the Northern Virginia Power Squadron in 1994 and immediately became an active member. He served as Administrative Officer in 1998 and Executive Officer in 1999 before becoming Commander in 2000. Robert was a member of the George Washington Chapter, SAR for 26 years, his Revolutionary War patriot, Richard Marshall, served in the Maryland Continental Line.
Brendan Patrick Johnson, passed away at the age of 27 on March 9, 2021. Brendan was born January 16th in Florida, and grew up in the D.C. area beginning in third grade. He attended St. James Catholic School (‘08), Gonzaga College High School (‘12), and Dartmouth College (‘16), where he majored in History with a Religion minor. After college, Brendan grew in his love for Washington, D.C., and he could often be found sporting WFT, Nats, or Caps paraphernalia. He worked with PNC Realty Investors in their Washington office. He found hope in his faith, attending Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in D.C., and truly cared for the least of the brothers of Christ.