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City adds three to Wall of Honor

BY ROBYN SIDERSKY

THE FREE LANCE-STAR

A conservationist, a public servant and a civil rights leader will be added to Fredericksburg’s Wall of Honor on Tuesday.

The City Council voted last month to honor Dr. George H. Brumble, William “Sidney” Armstrong and Judge John W. Scott Jr. The trio will be officially inducted at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The Wall of Honor, created in 2000, recognizes individuals who have been deceased for at least five years who made significant contributions to the Fredericksburg community.

EDUCATOR OF THE RIVER

Brumble, a veterinarian who died in 1985, owned the Fredericksburg Animal Hospital but is perhaps best known as an advocate for the Rappahannock River.

“Dr. George Brumble made a great contribution to the Fredericksburg community for many years as a much-loved and skilled veterinarian, Scout leader, conservationist and public citizen,” James Pates wrote in nominating Brumble.wrote his nominator, James Pates, on the application to honor Brumble.

Pates wrote that he remembers Brumble as a “great educator of young people, who spent countless hours teaching young men and women about the joys and mysteries of the Rappahannock River, the skills of curiosity and Scouting and the spiritual values of nature.”

Bill Micks, the co-owner of the Virginia Outdoors Center, gives Brumble credit for getting him interested in the river. He met him as a teen in Boy Scouts.

“He was the one that planted the seeds that kind of got me started,” Micks said.

THE LONGTIME COUNCILMAN

William “Sidney” Armstrong, who died in 2005, served on the Fredericksburg City Council for 36 years, making him one of the longest-serving council members in Fredericksburg’s history. While on the council, he was the vice mayor for 12 years and chaired many council committees.

He was also the president, secretary and chaplain of the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, and the director and treasurer of the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce, among many other community roles. One of the tasks Armstrong undertook after his days on council ended was indexing the council minutes.

THE CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER

Judge John W. Scott Jr. broke barriers in the city of Fredericksburg as far back as his high school days.

But perhaps he is most best known for becoming the Fredericksburg area’s first black judge, originally in Stafford’s General District Court in 1989 and then in the Fredericksburg Circuit Court in 1996.

Scott died in 2008.

When Scott was 13, he won a desegregation suit against the Fredericksburg school system and became one of the first black students at James Monroe High School in 1963.

After attending Wesleyan University, he attended the University of Virginia Law School. He worked for the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP and later joined a Richmond law firm known for its civil rights work.

Scott was a local leader in the civil rights movement, serving as the Fredericksburg NAACP president for eight years.

Congenital glaucoma had left him without sight in one eye and with impaired vision in the other, but that never seemed to slow him down.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413

rsidersky@freelancestar.com

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