George B. Fitch

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For the author of the same name, see George Helgesen Fitch.
George B. Fitch
Born c. 1948
Canton, China
Died (aged 66)
Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Businessman, Politician

George B. Fitch (c. 1948 – December 30, 2014) was a business consultant and Republican politician. He served four consecutive terms as the mayor of Warrenton, Virginia, for a total of 16 years, before retiring in June of 2014. He ran in the 2005 Republican primary for the governorship of Virginia, a race which he lost to Jerry Kilgore. Having long had ties to Jamaica, Fitch was one of the co-founders of the Jamaican Bobsled Team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Determined to achieve what most dismissed as impossible, Fitch's success inspired the Disney film Cool Runnings. In 2007 he proposed that his city generate all of its energy from methane released from a nearby landfill.[1] In 2010 he authored the book A Pathway To Local Energy Independence [2]

Fitch was born of a missionary family in Canton, China, during the Chinese Revolution. His father had served with the OSS behind the lines during the Japanese invasion and with Chenault's Flying Tigers. His grandfather George Ashmore Fitch, who came to China in 1906 to follow his father as a missionary, was the Provost and YMCA Nanking Safety Zone International Committee Administrative Director in Nanking during the Rape of Nanking. He wrote a book, My Eighty Years in China. George was raised in the Far East through to his first two years of college at the University of Singapore. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and earned an MBA in International Business from George Washington University. George worked for many years as a Foreign and Commercial Service Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce. During the Reagan Administration, he was The Commerce Department's chief implementation official for The Caribbean Basin Initiative, travelling to almost every Caribbean and Caribbean Rim nation, meeting with Finance and Trade officials, and, occasionally, heads of State. He spoke several languages.

Fitch died of cancer on December 30, 2014, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 66.[3]

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