The title of Lois Van Valkenburgh was incorrectly listed in last week's Virginia Weekly. Valkenburgh is chairman of the board of the Alexandria Community Mental Health Center.
Lois Van Valkenburgh last week won the 1980 oustanding citizenship award given by Alexandria's United Way. Van Valkenburgh was recognized for more than a dozen years' efforts on behalf of United Way and for more than 30 years' community service in Alexandria health and mental health programs and in local schools.
A former lobbyist on Capitol Hill for the Citizens Committee for UNICEF, Van Valkenburgh was in the mid-1960s twice president of the T. C. Williams High School PTA and also served for several years on the virginia Congress of PTAs.
She presently is chairman of the board of the Alexandria Mental Health Association, on the board of the Northern Virginia Family Service Agency and on the executive committee of the United Way. For 10 years Van Valkenburgh also served on the board of the city's Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Board.
She has been active in the League of Women Voters since she and her husband Willard moved to the city in the late 1940s. They live at 3512 Halcyon Dr. in the Beverly Hills section.
At the annual meeting of the Alexandria United Way, held at the Ramada Inn in Old Town and attended by about 200 community leaders, Michael K. Gemmel was elected to a second term as chairman of the organization.
Two Alexandria groups were honored for their work in the city and received the Alexandria Gazete's annual community service awards. The two organizations were Sheltered Homes of Alexandria, part of the Northern Virginia Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Quiet Fire Repertory Company, a grammar workshop sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Alexandria.
A special award also was given to Howard Gaines, president of Gaines Bros. Hardware, who headed charitable fund-raising efforts in the city last year. Alexandria's United Way raised $344,621 in 1979, a 21 percent increase over 1978, when $275,000 was donated by residents and local businesses and their employes.
Ten of the nearly 200 agencies that benefit from funds raised by the United Way, United Black Fund and American Cancer Society are located in the city. However, dozens of other area organizations supported by the umbrella fund-raising groups also serve Alexandria citizens, according to United Way officials. Alexandria is one of seven regional United Way organizations.
For the 1980 campaign, to begin this fall, A. William Perkins was elected to head fund raising, Dorothy Davies to head administration and finance and Alan Levinson to head social planning. Homer Walkup was elected as the chapter's secretary.