Malcolm Douglas Lamborne; Journalist, community activist - December 22, 2010

Malcolm Douglas Lamborne, 69, writer, editor, and teacher, died December 22, 2010 at his home in Warrenton, Virginia surrounded by his loved ones. The cause of death was lung cancer.
Douglas was born in Alexandria, Virginia, attended Gonzaga High School, and received a Masters Degree from American University in 1971. During his long career in journalism, Douglas worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, The Washington Star, and the Washington Times. He served as managing editor for Annapolitan Magazine, consulting editor for Inside Annapolis Magazine, and as a senior writer and editor for Catholic University. Douglas also taught at American University, Anne Arundel Community College and, more recently, Lord Fairfax Community College.

While living in Annapolis, Md., Douglas was deeply involved in many community service groups such as the Annapolis Commission on Aging (Vice Chair), Eastport Civic Association (President), and Community Associations of Annapolis (President). and in fundraising and organizing for Rebuilding Together, Christmas in April, GreenScape, and Holiday Sharing. Douglas moved to Warrenton in 2006 where he continued his volunteer services working with Habitat for Humanity, the Historical Society of Fauquier County and the Old Jail Museum.

Plain Speaking: Remembering Doug Lamborne - the importance of individuals - By BOB McWILLIAMS, For The Capital
One thing I always remembered about Doug was his walk. From three blocks away you could see him going down the street and know that was Doug. He didn't just stroll, Doug walked like a man who had somewhere to go. His sense of purpose spilled out in many ways that helped make Eastport a great place to live.

Doug tirelessly worked through the Eastport Civic Association, and you could always count on him come Greenscape day. Plus, not known to everyone, Doug took it upon himself to make sure the Veteran's Park in Eastport was always well kept and a fitting memorial to the men and women it honored. When the flag in that park became tattered, Doug would grab a ladder from the nearby gas station and run a new one up the pole. When the light that lit that flag went dim, I remember Doug rattling the cages at City Hall to get it fixed. To some, things like that might not be a big deal, but they are a big deal.
Doug was a thinker and a doer. When he wasn't painting his house, which seemed like a perpetual project, Doug was always on the hunt for ways to improve the spit of land called Eastport. He was always willing to give of himself and lend a hand, even though close friends could not count on participating in the closely guarded harvest of asparagus he laughingly hoarded in his backyard.
In short, regular guys such as Doug Lamborne are anything but regular. Doug didn't need 15 minutes of fame to leave his mark on Eastport. Instead, he just methodically went about his business, selflessly leaving the community a little bit better than how he found it.
In this way, we need to always remember the importance of people such as Doug and how they often fly under the radar doing things that many of us just take for granted in getting done.

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