Le Roy Eakin Jr., 90, the board chairman of Eakin Properties, a Falls Church-based developer of residential and commercial properties, and a fixture in regional banking and civic circles, died Nov. 9 at his home in McLean. He had multiple organ failure.
Mr. Eakin joined his father and brothers in 1939 at the family real estate firm. The company developed such properties as Sleepy Hollow, Hillwood, Pine Ridge, Mantua and Monticello Garden Apartments. At his death, he was board chairman.
He was board chairman of Guaranty Bank & Trust, which later merged with Riggs Bank. He became board chairman of Riggs National Bank of Virginia and a director of Riggs National Corp. in Washington.
He was a former chairman of George Mason University's Board of Trustees, a former member of Virginia's State Highway Commission and a founder and former director of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Eakin was born in Manhattan, Kan., and raised in Washington. He was a 1934 graduate of Sidwell Friends School -- he later was president of the alumni association -- and a 1938 graduate of Duke University.
During World War II, he was a Navy flight instructor and senior check pilot. While stationed in Minneapolis in 1944, he became a member of the Caterpillar Club, an organization of pilots who have made lifesaving jumps with silk parachutes.
He was actively involved in the Boy Scouts and was a troop leader. He received the Silver Beaver, one of scouting's highest honors.
His memberships included the Chevy Chase Club and Washington Golf and Country Club, where he was a board member. A golfer, he shot three holes-in-one, the last in his seventies using a driver.
His wife of 64 years, Ruth Pearson Eakin, died in 2003.
Survivors include three children, Le Roy "Terry" Eakin III of Washington, Richard P. Eakin of McLean and Carol Burdette of Baltimore; and 11 grandchildren.