Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey announced today the establishment of a memorial fund to honor Board Vice-Chair Erik Gutshall and to support his children’s higher education expenses. Gutshall died April 16, 2020, after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was 49.
“Erik devoted his life to giving to the community he loved,” Garvey said. “He served Arlington as a volunteer, as a small business owner, as a County advisory commission chairman, and as a Board Member. My colleagues and I hope that many in our community will join us in honoring Erik’s years of service, and in supporting his wife, Renee, and their three children, by contributing to this education fund.”
Garvey noted that the fund was established by a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
About Erik Gutshall
Erik Gutshall was elected to the County Board in November 2017 and became Vice-Chair in January 2020. Before serving on the Board, Gutshall chaired the Planning Commission and had also served on the County’s Transportation Commission. He served on the Board of Doorways for Women and Families and on the Facilities Committee of Western Presbyterian Church, coached youth soccer, and served on the PTA of his children’s school. All three of his children attend Arlington Public Schools. The Gutshalls moved to Arlington in 1995, and Gutshall built his business, Clarendon Home Services, here.
Donations can be made care of:
John Marshall Bank
2300 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington VA 22201
Attn: The Erik Gutshall Memorial Fund