Campus Notebook: A Force on Barracks Row

Posted July 22, 2008 at 6:34pm

Linda Parke Gallagher, a resident and business owner on Capitol Hill credited as a driving force behind the revitalization of Barracks Row, died Friday after a stroke. She was 64.

[IMGCAP(1)]Gallagher, the owner of a management and development consulting business, helped found Barracks Row Main Street, a group community leaders say put the Eighth Street corridor in Southeast Washington, D.C., “on the map as a respectable and vibrant location for businesses.”

Gallagher was involved in community development throughout Capitol Hill. In addition to serving as president of Barracks Row until her death, Gallagher served on the boards of the Shakespeare Theatre Co. and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Nicky Cymrot, president of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, remembered Gallagher for her immense energy and visionary thinking — especially when it came to preserving the neighborhood beauty.

“Linda always jumped in to want to be involved in talking to the organizations and the groups that were doing community projects in the areas of gardens and beautification,” Cymrot said. “She would often come back with a proposal that was even more grandiose than what was sent to us because she would get so excited about it.”

Gallagher’s energy was often contagious — Cymrot said her leadership in backing development on Barracks Row was key in rallying support for community improvement.

“When she decided to concentrate on something and to put her energy behind it, she left no stone unturned,” she said.

Off-Campus Privileges. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and ranking member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) introduced a bill Tuesday to allow Supreme Court Police officers to protect justices off of the court’s property.

Officers already can do that, but the authorization expires at the end of the year. Leahy and Specter introduced the bill to extend that authority for another five years.

“I urge Senators to pass this legislation quickly so we can provide Supreme Court justices the protection that they need as they serve our country,” Leahy said while introducing the bill on the floor.

The bill also would switch the chief justice’s senior adviser from an “administrative assistant” to a “counselor.”

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