2010 Honorees

Joe May & Lang & Judy Washburn

Joe May


“Joe, I really think you should run for office.”
Paul Ziluca
Loudoun Laureate, 2009

Delegate Joe May, known as the resident technology expert in the Virginia General Assembly, is currently serving his ninth term in the Virginia House, where he represents the 33rd House District.

Born the oldest boy in a 6th-generation farm family in the Valley, he discovered that he might have more talent than his high school teachers suspected while serving as a guided missile technician in the United States Army in the late 1950’s.

After what he describes as a “rough” post-discharge first year at Virginia Tech, he found his true calling, earned his engineering degree on the eve of the Cuban missile crisis, and was immediately hired by the world-famous physics research team at DuPont.  He soon became a registered professional engineer, and went on to build many of the things he conceived, founding in the process the highly respected and equally successful Sterling-based engineering and manufacturing firm, Electronic Instrumentation Technologies (EIT).  He now has well over 20 patents to his personal credit and more in the works, ranging from devices to measure the octane rating of your gasoline, to the curvature of the rails your commuter trains traverse, to how many yards your favorite football team has to cover for a first down.

In 1992, Loudoun Laureate Paul Ziluca, then Chairman of the state’s Republican Party, asked Joe, who had never run for any political office, to try for the 33rd District seat in the Virginia house of Delegates.  He’s been re-elected nine times and, among other things, serves on the Appropriations and Science and Technology Committees, and chairs the Transportation Committee.

Joe and his wife Bobby live in Leesburg. They have two daughters, Dr. Susan M. Pederson and Elaine M. Attridge.  With a new helicopter pilot’s license and, he says, more time to think, he looks forward to continuing to work, and to serve.

View his video below.


Lang and Judy Washburn


“The story of Lang and Judy Washburn is a love story
where the stars chose to match unlikely equals.”
Kim Hart
Loudoun Laureate, 2008

Lang and Judy Washburn moved to Holly Hill, near Middleburg in 1977.  They’ve been committed to the community and to leading by example ever since.
Their paths first crossed in 1964, at the GOP National Convention.

Lang, a decorated naval aviator, and post-war helicopter manufacturing pioneer, had been active in politics since 1952, when he invented a motorized, air-borne, search-lit approach to campaigning for Dwight Eisenhower that, literally, gave the term “bandwagon” its 21st century meaning.

Judy, a Californian, had come east to Cornell, gone west to Arizona, and come east again to work with General Eisenhower’s former deputy, General Lucius Clay, the father of the Berlin Airlift.  When Clay called on Lang to help rebuild the Republican Party after the Goldwater defeat in 1964, Judy met Lang for the first time.  They were married two years later.

Together they raised an extended family, while crisscrossing the country and the world, as Lang served two Presidents as an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, the Walt Disney Company as a senior Vice President, and the GOP as a senior strategist and fund-raiser.

Lang and Judy’s service to Loudoun County is as profound, as it is unsung.

Judy was a founder of the Windy Hill Foundation, serving on the charter Board and for each of the 29 years since.  She served on the Board of Evans Home for Children and was one of the founders of the Firehouse Chili Dinners in support of the Middleburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company.  She has written, by all accounts, hundreds, if not thousands, of personal letters that have moved tens of thousands of dollars toward local Loudoun charities.

Lang served as the irreplaceable, and (as always) the “unofficial” fundraising captain for the Windy Hill Foundation, collecting over $17 million for affordable housing in Loudoun County.  He was one of the founders of the Middleburg Forum, and led the Bicentennial Beautification Committee that replaced nearly all the trees on the main streets of Middleburg.

“I think we owe it to this beautiful way of life to give back to it,” Judy recently told the Loudoun Times Mirror. By these ceremonies, and on behalf of all the Washburns have so unselfishly served, the Laurels Founders acknowledge the true nature of the debt, and to whom it is really owed.

View their video below.