- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2006

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Dolores Lescure, a former Staunton mayor and one-time president of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation, died July 7 at Augusta Medical Center. She was 89.

Mrs. Lescure served as president of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation from 1973 until 1993 and then as honorary chairwoman of the foundation, which was renamed the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in 2004.

Under her leadership, the foundation acquired a historic building known as the Effinger House in 1983 and converted it to a museum about the former president’s life and service.

In 2004, the foundation’s board of trustees named it the Dolores Lescure Center.

A graduate of Madison College, now James Madison University, Mrs. Lescure had a career in journalism. She was a reporter, features writer and copy editor at the Richmond News Leader; a journalism teacher; and director of information and editor of publications at Mary Baldwin College.

She served on the Staunton City Council during the 1980s and was mayor from 1983 through 1984.

Her husband, Waller C. Lescure, died in 2001, according to the Staunton News Leader.

Mrs. Lescure is survived by three daughters and a son, the News Leader reported.


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