Simon Leaves a Legacy of Community for Reston

Reston's founder, Robert E. Simon Jr., passed away at his Lake Anne home on Monday, Sept. 21. He was 101 years old.

Plans for a memorial service are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstones (, 11150 Sunset Hills Road, #210, Reston, VA 20190.

In 1961, Simon bought 6,750 acres of mostly undeveloped land in Fairfax County. He saw an opportunity to create a new kind of town, one that was diverse and based on residential clusters, walkability, facilities for all ages and the preservation of natural spaces. That vision turned into reality in 1964 when Reston was founded.

Simon later worked to transfer the responsibility of governing Reston from developers to citizens and formed Reston Association. He served two terms on the RA board of directors from 1996-2002.

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