Bill Text: VA SJR318 | 2019 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Frederick MacDonald Quayle.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2019-04-03 - Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ318ER) [SJR318 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2019-SJR318-Enrolled.html

Celebrating the life of the Honorable Frederick MacDonald Quayle.


Agreed to by the Senate, February 7, 2019
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 23, 2019


WHEREAS, the Honorable Frederick MacDonald Quayle, a consummate public servant who greatly enhanced the quality of life in his beloved home of Suffolk, died on November 24, 2018; and

WHEREAS, Frederick "Fred" Quayle began to cultivate his passion for community service at a young age, when he was elected as student government president of Suffolk High School; he continued to demonstrate his penchant for leadership as an editor of the Cavalier Daily newspaper at the University of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Fred Quayle served his country as a member of the United States Army Reserve from 1956 to 1962, then earned a law degree from the University of Richmond's T. C. Williams School of Law, and pursued a career as an attorney in Norfolk and Chesapeake for more than 40 years; and

WHEREAS, well known in the legal community, Fred Quayle was a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, and he was appointed as the divorce commissioner for the Chesapeake Circuit Court, arbitrating matters of divorce, child custody, and marital assets; and

WHEREAS, desirous to be of further service to the Commonwealth, Fred Quayle ran for and was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1991; he ably represented the residents of the 13th District with integrity, dedication, and distinction for 20 years; and

WHEREAS, Fred Quayle introduced and supported many important pieces of legislation to benefit all Virginians and worked to build bipartisan consensus and respect between his fellow members of the General Assembly; and

WHEREAS, among his proudest accomplishments, Fred Quayle sponsored legislation to improve child support determination and collection procedures and helped create the Friend of the Chesapeake license plate, which has raised millions of dollars for education and conservation, earning national and state Legislator of the Year awards for his efforts; and

WHEREAS, Fred Quayle served as chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government and offered his wise insights to the Committees on Finance, Courts of Justice, Education and Health, and Rules; and

WHEREAS, Fred Quayle was a staunch advocate for the preservation of the Commonwealth's valuable environmental and historic resources, serving as chair of the Tidewater Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Board, a charter board member of the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; and

WHEREAS, in 2002, Fred Quayle began a second career as an educator, inspiring young men and women as an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Public Affairs at Christopher Newport University until 2005 and as a lecturer and adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University until 2011; and

WHEREAS, a former Eagle Scout, Fred Quayle also supported young people in the community as a cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 212 in Chesapeake and an honorary lifetime member of the Virginia PTA; and

WHEREAS, Fred Quayle was an avid sailor and a talented woodworker, who enjoyed making everything from toys for his grandchildren to furniture; he built six houses as a general contractor, including vacation homes in Sandbridge and Greene County; and

WHEREAS, Fred Quayle will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 41 years, Brenda; children, Frederick, Catherine, George, and Timothy, and their families; and numerous other family members, friends, and colleagues on both sides of the aisle; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of the Honorable Frederick MacDonald Quayle, a true statesman and a champion for the Suffolk community; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of the Honorable Frederick MacDonald Quayle as an expression of the General Assembly's respect for his memory.