In Memoriam

Bob Heittman
May 19, 1937 — May 10, 2004

It was inevitable that a highly motivated individual like Bob Heittman would wind up in Franconia at a time when history was changing rapidly and needed one more advocate for positive community change. Bob and his wife Elaine and young son settled in Windsor Park off Beulah Street in 1975. Over the next 29 years, he would be a positive force in community improvements and growth, working with Supervisor Joseph Alexander and a host of other hard-working community leaders who helped maintain Franconia and Lee District as vibrant, convenient and comfortable places in which to live despite explosive growth.  A native of Massachusetts, Bob joined the Air Force and served for 21 years. A self-made expert, Bob worked as a graphic designer for Air Force Intelligence at the Pentagon as both a member of the military and a civilian over a career that spanned 42 years. His many friends say Bob really earned his wings in the Franconia community. Each transportation issue that surfaced saw Supervisor Alexander impressing his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors with maps and charts prepared by Bob. They often had questions, but few suggestions for improvement.  Why he even helped VDOT explain the intricacies of the complicated mixing bowl at Springfield. So much so that the bridge carrying traffic from the Beltway portion of I-95 to the continuation of I-95 South was named in his honor. A replica of the sign naming the bridge for Bob is located in the Franconia Museum.  Speaking of the Museum, Bob was one of the founders in 2001, just a few short years before his untimely death. Many of Bob’s accomplishments are hidden by transportation designs and construction.  More await funding before they come to fruition. In the meantime, Bob’s legacy and love for Franconia lives on at the Museum. He would appreciate it if your travels would take you to the Franconia Government Center and the Museum. After all, he spent many hours there advising the Lee District Supervisor, County staff and VDOT as well as working with highly effective civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, who returned to her home state of Minnesota where she married a young Air Force enlisted man in 1959 and started the to travels that led to Canada, Texas and North Carolina before settling in Virginia. They have one son, Robert Sean Heittman. He and his wife Alison live in Williamsburg.