2016 Honorees

Margaret Morton & Chief Judge Thomas D. Horne

Margaret Morton

The dean of the Loudoun County press corps, Margaret Morton is a 1958 graduate of Edinburgh University in Scotland.

In 1966, she left her native Britain to come to America after marrying a Virginian, W. Brown Morton III, later an Episcopal priest and Professor of Historic Preservation at Mary Washington University.

Morton entered the world of journalism in 1992 joining the staff of Leesburg Today in September of that year.  Last year, she became a founding member of the writing staff of Loudoun Now, recently recognized as the New Business of the Year by the Town of Leesburg.

With nearly a quarter century of experience, Morton has covered Loudoun, its history, its people and its places, with grace, style, wit and integrity, exemplifying the highest standards of both journalism and community service.

An active preservationist, Morton, who served on Loudoun County’s first Historic District Review Board, has been a dedicated, active, personal and professional supporter of a host of county nonprofit and charitable activities.


Chief Judge Thomas D. Horne

When Chief Judge Thomas D. Horne retired from the Loudoun County Circuit Court in December 2013, he had served longer than any other judge in the circuit.

Horne is a 1965 graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and a 1969 graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.

For three years, from 1980 to 1982, he served as the county’s commonwealth’s attorney.  He first took the bench in 1982 and served for the next 31 years until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

In addition to his long and distinguished history as a judge, Horne was a driving force in establishing and maintaining a landmark educational experience for young people considering a career in law, the 20th Judicial Circuit’s Law Camp.  There, students meet and interact with professionals in both classroom lecture and moot court environments.

A keen preservationist, he has worked diligently to protect and serve Loudoun County’s historic courthouse building in Leesburg.  He also serves on the Board of the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library.