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January 3, 2019

Historical society to honor retired teacher Deardoff

Richard Deardoff, who taught social studies more than four decades in county public schools, will receive the Fauquier Historical Society’s Douglas Lamborne Educator of the Year award Jan. 10 in Warrenton.
The Fauquier Historical Society will present its Douglas Lamborne Educator of the Year award to retired historian and teacher Richard Deardoff at its annual meeting next week.

A native of the Flushing-Queens section of New York City, Mr. Deardoff spent four years in the Coast Guard following college graduation. Searching for where to go in 1975 following his military experience, he was drawn to Fauquier County more than 40 years ago because of its rich history and central location for trips to historical sites in any direction, Mr. Deardoff said.

The search also led to Fauquier County Public Schools, where he taught U.S. government, Civil War history, sociology and economics for 40 years, 34 at Fauquier High and the last six at Kettle Run.

He is best remembered for his rich lectures and quick wit among a legion of students who took his history classes.

“I’ve seen generations of students come and go through my classrooms,” Mr. Deardoff said. “And former students have approached me to be introduced to their children.”

Over the years, he spent part of his summers exploring battlefields or following the path of various military campaigns.

Mr. Deardoff serves as a docent and battlefield guide for the Brandy Station Foundation in Culpeper County, site of the largest cavalry battle in North America on June 9, 1863.

Last summer, Mr. Deardoff and his dog, Max, traveled the Lewis and Clark Trail, camping and visiting the same sites as the great explorers.

One of his favorite quotes comes from President Harry Truman, who said, “The only real surprise in life is the history you don’t know.”

The historical society’s Educator of the Year Award honors the late Douglas Lamborne, a longtime newspaperman and teacher, who served on the organization’s board and led its education programs. Jimmie Eustace in 2016 received the first and it went to Rich Gillespie in 2018.

“With this award to Richard Deardoff, the historical society has achieved a full trifecta in its first three recipients,” President Yakir Lubowsky said. “There are not three more deserving individuals to be so honored by Fauquier County.”

The Fauquier Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the John Barton Payne Building at 2 Courthouse Square, across from the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend; there is no charge.

Jennifer Moore, executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, will deliver the keynote address, “Preserving our Historic Roads.”

For more information, call 540-347-5525 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Dick Bonnaventure · January 5, 2019 at 2:03 am
De Jeck should come celebrate someone who gave so much to our children and community..
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