At the Annual AHS Members meeting on May 12, 2022, AHS paid tribute to Dr. Gerald haines. The following are the words AHS President, Cathy Hix shared with the audience:
“Dr. Gerald Haines, a member of our Board of Directors and last year’s Vice President passed away in April. Dr. Haines, or Gerry as we called him, brought much to the Arlington Historical Society, both as a historian and as a contributer to the AHS mission. Gerry, a longtime Arlington resident, was Chief Historian of the CIA from 1998 to 2002, Chief Historian of the National Reconnaissance Office of the Department of Defense from 1994 to 1998, and a historian at the National Security Agency from 1986 to1992. After retiring from federal government service, Gerry taught Latin American Relations and U.S. Intelligence at the University of Virginia for 12 years. He continued to serve his community for many years and was a member of the AHS Board of Directors for five years.
“Gerry was a great member of AHS. He was passionate about preservation and a source of wisdom based on his life experiences and training. When I asked him to consider being vice president two years ago, he agreed immediately and was always available for me to provide feedback on ideas I had for the society. I valued his opinion. He was very engaged in our efforts to preserve and renovate the Hume School, even telling our membership chair from his hospital bed that he planned to remain on the Board this year. In Gerry’s memory, we will hold open that seat on the Board for the remainder of this year and plan to provide a tribute to Gerry in our preserved and renovated museum. In Gerry’s memory, let us take a brief moment of silence to honor his commitment to his community and AHS.”
Click here to read a touching memorial to Dr. Gerald Haines by his best friend, AHS lifetime member, and former AHS board member, Frank O’Leary.