via press release
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.
Deardoff, a native of the Flushing-Queens section of New York City, spent four years in the Coast Guard following college graduation. Searching for where to go in 1975 following his military experience, he said he was drawn to Fauquier County more than 40 years ago because of its rich history and that it is centrally located for side trips to historical sites in any direction.
That search led him to the Fauquier County school system, where he taught US 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,” Deardoff reflected, “and former students have approached me to be introduced to their children.”
Over the years, Deardoff would spend part of his summers exploring battlefields or following the path of various military campaigns.
Now retired, Deardoff serves as a docent and battlefield guide for the Brandy Station Foundation at Brandy Station, south of Warrenton, site of the largest cavalry battle in North America on June 9, 1863.
This past summer, 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,” an apt insight from a man whose passion for history has led him to share broadly the joys of discovery.
The Society’s Educator of the Year Award is named for the late Douglas Lamborne, a long time newspaperman and teacher, who served on the FHS board and led its education programs. The first recipient of the award was Jimmie Eustace, in 2016, and the second recipient was Rich Gillespie in 2018. “With this award to Richard Deardoff, the Historical Society has achieved a full trifecta in its first three recipients; there are not three more deserving individuals to be so honored by Fauquier County”, said Society president, Yakir Lubowsky.
The Fauquier Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday January 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.
This year’s guest speaker is Jennifer Moore, Executive Director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, and her topic is Preserving our Historic Roads.
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