STEILACOOM, WA — Dr. Robert Edington, a 15-year resident of Steilacoom, has been nominated to serve on Pierce County’s Landmarks and Historic Preservation
Commission (LHPC). The nomination takes effect later this month.
“This nomination,” Dr. Edington says, “helps me continue serving the community in an area about which I’m very serious. It’s a new venue in which to work and enables me to continue my past pattern of service to the community.”
He and his spouse, Ann Beach Edington, have demonstrated a deep interest in historic preservation issues and activities during several decades in Idaho, Pennsylvania and Washington State.
“One of the main reasons for moving to Steilacoom, he adds, “was the many opportunities in this area of interest in which to volunteer.”
The LHPC recommends to the County Executive and the Pierce County Council about matters pertaining to the designation and regulation of landmark properties and historical structures in the county.
Dr. Edington will serve a three-year term and will represent the 6th district of Pierce County, a population served by Councilman Dick Muri. The Commission also distributes grant funds in a competitive program to support historic preservation and history projects and programs. A grant fund of $200,000 is available this year for projects.
Until 1992 Dr. Edington served as the Provost (executive vice president) of Central Washington University when he began directing CWU”s operations in the Puget Sound area. Central has three university centers on the campuses of Pierce, Highline and Edmonds Community Colleges.
Dr. Edington has previously served as a member and chair of the Steilacoom Historic Preservation Commission, as well as President and member of the Board of Trustees of the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association.
He retired in 1998 and has, since then, been an active member of the community and a supporter and volunteers for various civic causes. Edington also is a member of the Clover Park Rotary Club and has served on its Board of Directors.
Submitted by Nancy Covert