(Springfield, Virginia) – On October 30th, the Arts Council of Fairfax will present four 2015 awards which recognize "the extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organizations, as well as foundations and the private sector, that support the arts in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church," according to their website. Earle Williams, now a resident at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, will receive one of those commendations, the Jinx Hazel Arts Award, for his longtime support and advocacy of Wolf Trap."When I learned of the award and my nomination, I felt truly honored and appreciated," said Williams, whose family will join him at the awards ceremony later this month in Falls Church.
In his professional career, Williams joined Braddock, Dunn, and McDonald (later known as BDM International), a defense contracting firm in 1962. In 1972, he became the President and CEO of BDM and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure, Williams moved the firm from El Paso, Texas, to the Tyson's Corner area of Virginia, greatly expanding the company's client base and allowing it to better compete for defense contracts.
Williams' involvement with Wolf Trap dates back to the 1970s, not long after its establishment. He served as a past chairman for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and is one of only two Emeriti Directors for the foundation. Williams led the charge for a capital campaign for the construction of the Center for Education at Wolf Trap, which resulted in $21 million in funds raised. The Center for Education now features the Earle C. Williams Learning Center, named in his honor, which includes computers, equipment for audio/visual recordings, and a library.
In recognition of his contributions to the arts community, the Arts Council of Fairfax will present Williams with the Jinx Hazel Arts Award at its annual awards ceremony. According to the Council, the Jinx Hazel Arts Award "recognizes an individual or organization who exhibits such dedication to the arts and community and whose vision and commitment has played a significant role in the quality of life in Fairfax County."
This award is especially meaningful to Williams and his wife, June, due to their longtime friendship with Til and Jinx Hazel. The Williams' helped to raise funds to support the new Center for the Arts at George Mason University. Along with June, Jinx Hazel was instrumental in supporting those fundraising activities. Earle and Til also served on a committee together focused on improving the means of industrial development in the northern Virginia area.
In the arts world, Williams also served on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Other past achievements for Williams include induction into the Washington Business Hall of Fame and the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame; additionally, the Northern Virginia Technology Council's Lifetime Achievement Award was named in his honor.
Williams has lived in the northern Virginia area for over 45 years; he first settled with his wife in Reston in 1970, and then moved to the McLean area, where he lived for over 30 years before moving to Greenspring in 2014. Since moving to Greenspring, the Williams' stay active and involved. Earle continues to use his engineering skills as a valued member of Greenspring's resident General Services Committee, which is tasked with advising community administration on optimal strategy and improvements in infrastructure and facility management.
About Greenspring: Greenspring, one of 18 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the community's 1404 independent living apartment homes. At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.