Staples, Jr., A. Grey

April 02, 2003

A. GREY STAPLES, JR., a native of Richmond, Virginia, died Sunday, March 30, at his home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, he received his MBA and Law Degree in 1966 from University of Richmond. Mr. Staples began his long career in public service in Richmond at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and in 1967 became General Counsel to the Virginia State Corporation Commission. In 1972, he moved to Washington, DC as a consultant to the Wage and Price Commission. He became Director of the Office of Public Counsel, Rail Services Planning Office, and moved on to help establish the Division of Regulatory Proceedings for the newly created U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Staples served as counsel to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Transportation and Tourism, U.S. House of Representatives. He then established the Office of the Assistant United States Trustee, U.S. Department of Justice, in Baltimore, Maryland. He retired from public service as Appeals Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for the Board of Appeals, State of Maryland, in January of 2000. Mr. Staples was a member of the Virginia and Maryland state bars and a charter member of the United States Senior Executive Service. He received outstanding achievement awards from the Department of Justice and the Office of the President. He maintained a membership with Masonic Lodge 345 in Richmond. Mr. Staples is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Betty, his son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan Grey and Hilda Staples of Frederick, Maryland and his daughter and son-in-law, Katherine Grey and Francis Sullivan of New York City. His proud daughter would like those who knew him well to remember that he was always a fine southern gentleman and a very proud Democrat. The family will receive friends at the West Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 West Broad Street, Richmond, on Wednesday from 6:00-8:30 p.m. where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, with interment in Westhampton Memorial Park. Expressions of sympathy can be directed to the Masonic Home of Richmond, 4101 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, Virginia 23223.

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