NRHA Statement on Passing of George C. Crawley

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Jenn White Moore

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 07/27/2016

Norfolk, VA (July 27, 2016) –  The NRHA Board of Commissioners expressed deep regret today on the passing of former NRHA senior executive George C. Crawley, who served as interim Executive Director upon David H. Rice’s retirement April 1, 2001 until the appointment of Ernest Freeman in October 2001.

“George was one of the first people to embrace me with I moved to Hampton Roads in 1993. He’s a beloved gentleman whose passion for Norfolk and community service was unmatched,” said Barbara Hamm Lee, NRHA Board Chair. 

Crawley made history as the first African American to serve as Norfolk assistant city manager from 1987 to 1996, responsible for Public Health, Social Services, Libraries, Police, Fire and Paramedics. Following retirement from the city of Norfolk, Crawley founded a management-consulting firm, The Crawley Group Inc., which specialized in community policing and related community mobilization activities. Crawley joined NRHA as Assistant Executive Director for Community Building in 1997, with responsibilities for the Economic Development as well as Public Relations and Marketing Departments. In this position Crawley has played a major role in the restoration of the Attucks Theater among other projects. He retired from NRHA in 2004.

His lengthy resume also includes Executive Director of the STOP Organization, leading City of Norfolk’s Model Cities initiative, founding President of Hampton Roads Committee of 200+Men and played an instrumental role in stabilizing Lake Taylor Hospital. He was appointed to the Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees by the University Of North Carolina Board Of Governors and was also inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. 

“George’s impact on Hampton Roads is immeasurable. He was an incredible leader, mentor and friend who will be greatly missed by me and so many others,” said Alphonso Albert, NRHA Commissioner. 

Crawley received an undergraduate degree in economics from Virginia State University and pursued advanced studies at the University of Virginia and Harvard University.

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities.  As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA is an important driver of the local economy.

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