Former Mayor Kerry J. Donley dies at 66

Former Mayor Kerry J. Donley dies at 66

By Denise Dunbar |

This post has been updated. 

Multiple sources have confirmed that former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley died suddenly on July 13 of an apparent heart attack.

Donley served as mayor of Alexandria from 1996-2003, and as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. He was first elected to Alexandria’s City Council in 1988 a role he relinquished when he was elected mayor.

Donley also had a long career in banking. Since 2014, he had served as a senior vice president at John Marshall Bank in charge of customer relationship building, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, he spent 16 years as senior vice president at Virginia Commerce Bank, from 1998 to 2014.

From 2005-2008, Donley was athletic director at T.C. Williams High School, now known as Alexandria City High School.

Donley graduated from Marquette University in 1979, with majors in Political Science and English, according to LinkedIn.

Donley was named an Alexandria Living Legend in 2017. He received a lifetime achievement aware from Volunteer Alexandria in 2016, and was named to Carpenter’s Shelter Wall of Honor in 2015, according to LinkedIn.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Shamblin, five daughters and grandchildren.

We will provide updates on arrangements as more information becomes available.