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Thomas F. and Leuanne Ellis

In 1988, Thomas F. and Leuanne Ellis established a scholarship in memory of Leuanne’s parents, Katherine and Reinhardt Leu. Katherine “Katie” Skinner Leu had a deep appreciation for her Virginia heritage, and particularly for the area surrounding her home in Falmouth and Fredericksburg. For years she served as a docent at several local historical landmarks, including Kenmore, the Rising Sun Tavern, and Belmont, the home and art studio of Gari Melchers. She painstakingly researched many aspects of the shrines she represented, and enthusiastically passed on the fruits of her labor to the many visitors she guided. Mrs. Leu was also active in the Historic Falmouth Towne and Stafford County, Incorporated, serving as an officer. 

Reinhardt Leu was a career Marine aviator and veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. In retirement, he became active in Virginia history and served as a photographer for the National Register of Historical Places and was also president of the Falmouth historical society. Col. Leu was instrumental in finding and relocating the remains of Betty Washington Lewis next to her husband, Fielding Lewis. He was also involved in the restoration of the Shelton Cottage on River Road.

Photo: Reinhardt and Katherine Leu

Scholarships associated with Thomas F. and Leuanne Ellis
  • Reinhardt and Katherine Skinner Leu Memorial Scholarship in Historic Preservation