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Gerald L. Baliles, a Longtime Friend of the VBA, Has Died

Tuesday, October 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Gov. Baliles during the 2018 VBA Annual Meeting Legacy PresentationThe VBA community is saddened by the news that former Gov. Gerald L. Baliles of Charlottesville died Oct. 29. He was 79.

Gov. Baliles was VBA Life Member, having continued his involvement in Virginia’s largest statewide voluntary bar organization since 1968. Since 2006, he had been a valued contributor to the VBA’s Committee on Special Issues of National & State Importance. His influence on the VBA and exceptional service and contributions to the bar and the public were recognized in 2001 when the VBA honored him with its highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. Seven years later, the VBA saw fit to rename that highest honor the Gerald L. Baliles Distinguished Service Award.

He served as the 65th governor of Virginia from 1986 to 1990. He also was on stage for the first of the VBA’s Summer Meeting debates featuring candidates for statewide office.

Before then, he was attorney general of Virginia and served three terms in the state House of Delegates. After living in the governor’s mansion, he was a partner at what was then Hunton & Williams LLP, and then director at the Miller Center, a University of Virginia research institute on politics and public policy. He retired from there in 2014.

The VBA extends its condolences to the governor’s widow, Robin, who accompanied him to many statewide VBA meetings, and other members of his family.

Current Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered state flags flown at half-staff for 30 days in memory of Gov. Baliles.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The VBA would like to collect some remembrances about Governor Baliles. If you have a memory involving Governor Baliles and the VBA that you'd like to share, please tell us about it.

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