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March 10, 2009

Thurston R. Moore elected to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Thurston R. Moore of Richmond, Va. to serve as a trustee of the Foundation.

Moore is a partner and chairman of the executive committee of the law firm of Hunton & Williams, headquartered in Richmond. He holds both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia and is a highly regarded corporate and business lawyer. In addition, Moore has served a number of nonprofit institutions in a governance capacity. He is a trustee of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Foundation, Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation. He is immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Virginia and a former trustee of St. Catherine’s School.

“We are delighted that Thurston Moore has joined The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees,” said Colin Campbell, president of Colonial Williamsburg. “He is an accomplished leader and counselor whose professional achievements and commitment to education and to service will contribute importantly to the work of the Foundation. We welcome Thurston and his wife Corell to the Colonial Williamsburg family.”

Retiring from the Board is Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. who became a trustee in 1996. During his twelve years as a member of the Board, Rainey served on the executive, finance, educational programs and policies, and lodge building committees, as a member of two presidential search or succession committees, and as a director of Colonial Williamsburg Company.

“Gordon Rainey has provided wise counsel to the Board on an array of issues, all informed by a deep and abiding passion for the educational mission of Colonial Williamsburg,” said Campbell. “Gordon and his wife Selina are devoted friends of the Foundation and we look forward to their continued active involvement as members of the Foundation’s senior trustee group.”

Prior to joining the Board, Rainey, who is chairman emeritus of Hunton & Williams, served as the Foundation’s general counsel. Rainey and Moore sustain a long relationship at the governance level between the Virginia institutions of Hunton & Williams and Colonial Williamsburg--a relationship that includes the board service of Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and former Hunton & Williams senior partner Joseph C. Carter, Jr.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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