James Rees


Age: 62

Summary: longest-serving president and chief executive officer of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate for nearly 20 years from 1983 to 2012 who worked to promote a vigorous public image of the Founding Father and oversaw numerous projects that portrayed the first U.S. president as a vibrant leader, including a $60 million museum and orientation center while Mount Vernon's endowment grew from $4 million to $100 million.

Cause of Death: Complications from multiple system atrophy

Born: May 5, 1952

Died: September 9, 2014

Markham, Virginia