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What she did: She organized and led six children’s choirs as well as staged and directed amateur theatricals and truncated musicals with the children like “The Mikado” at Seventh Street Christian Church. For seven years, she taught music to central Virginia schoolchildren on WCVE-TV through two studio-taped programs. She taught music in the Richmond school system for 20 years, was a substitute for 13 more years and taught black children their own history through spirituals, the music of Stevie Wonder and school musicals she composed and staged herself. With her husband, Wayne, she shared music director duties at the Virginia Museum Theatre, Swift Creek Mill Playhouse, countless productions at Dogwood Dell, the annual staging of the Christmas classic “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at what now is the Altria Theater as well as school recitals and operas. She was the former music director at the Fort Lee Playhouse. A longtime member of the NAACP, she had served on the Richmond Human Relations Council, which laid the groundwork for nonviolent desegregation in Richmond.

What he did: In 1962, Mr. Crenshaw and William E. Singleton formed Crenshaw Singleton Properties LLC, which developed properties including the Mount Vernon, Fan Terrace and Hawthorne apartments, numerous office buildings near the Shops at Willow Lawn, The Showplace and the Azalea Office Building. They bought and sold Franklin Towers and purchased The Ironfronts in downtown Richmond. After engineering the demise of the city tenant tax on renters, he grew interested in politics, serving as chairman of the Richmond and 3rd Congressional District Republican committees and representing the 68th District in the House from 1986 to 1989. He co-sponsored legislation to prevent felons from purchasing firearms and a bill that revoked a minor’s driver license for possession of alcohol. He was a founder and former president of the Virginia Deaf Foundation. After retiring as a colonel, he was appointed a brigadier general in the Army Reserve and served as an aide-de-camp on the staff of Gov. George F. Allen.

What he did: As an administrator at Medical College of Virginia in 1964, he became interested in the school’s pioneering organ transplant program and its efforts to preserve donated organs longer, transport them over greater distances and share them effectively. He left to become executive director of a fledgling South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation, which, under his leadership, expanded its service beyond the region and pioneered use of a computer-based matching system called UNOS, the first such system to find donors. When the National Organ Transplant Act passed in 1984 welding all organ procurement groups and transplant hospitals nationwide into a single network called UNOS, Mr. Pierce became founding director. His vision allowed surgeons, clinical scientists and immunologists throughout America to analyze transplant outcomes, the results of which improved all dimensions of the practice for all patients. At his retirement, UNOS had grown to include 60 organ procurement groups and more than 220 transplant hospitals, performing more than 19,000 transplants per year.