Linwood Armstrong was a beloved figure at George Mason Elementary School and in his honor a group of teachers, alumni and parents are raising money to provide a scholarship for a T.C. graduate.
Armstrong was the Building Engineer for many years and, as part of his duties, helped every day with lunch in the cafeteria. He made a point of meeting all of the children in the school and when they came in for lunch would make sure they were doing ok.
As Jack Kilby, now at the University of Virginia, put it: he was my best friend at school when I was in kindergarten.
After having lunch in the cafeteria for six years at George Mason the students had a great rapport with Mr. Armstrong.
A current T.C. student, Grace Goodwin, remembers that Mr. Armstrong talked to her about 9/11 and helped her better understand the events of that day.
Another student now at Minnie Howard has great memories of talking sports with Mr. Armstrong, who retained his college football players physique and strength long after his playing days were over. Mr. Armstrong was a wonderful role model for George Mason students because he himself exemplified character, hard work, and kindness and he actively encouraged students in these areas.
Linwood Armstrong was born in Alexandria in 1939. He graduated from Parker Gray High School in 1958 and attended Virginia State University on a football scholarship. In 1962 he married his high school sweetheart, Seretha Glenn. He received the Parker Gray High School sports Hall of Fame Award in 1989. Mr. Armstrong passed away in April 2007, leaving behind many devoted family members.
To donate to Mr. Armstrongs memorial scholarship please send a check to The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. Please write Armstrong scholarship in the memo line. If you have questions, please call the Scholarship Fund at 703-824-6730 or email Priscilla Goodwin at [email protected].