GLEASON, Michael Palmer, 68, born February 28, 1945 in Roanoke, Va., and of Gwynn's Island, Va., died June 4, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, A. Kendall Lione Gleason; sons D. Palmer Gleason, and Trevor E. T. Gleason and wife, Celeste A.L. Gleason; a granddaughter, Lara E. Gleason; two grandsons, Devon A. and Fox O. Gleason. He was predeceased by his parents; Ethel Elliott and Robert William Gleason; and his brother Bob. Mr. Gleason graduated from Lane High School in Charlottesville Va., and attended the University of Virginia and completed Masters' degree courses in History at The American University in Washington, D.C. He served seven years in the U. S. Army Reserve as battalion information specialist. Mr. Gleason began his career in Charlottesville as a newspaper, radio, and television newsman. He served as a media assistant to Virginia Congressman John O. Marsh's district campaign in 1968 and as a top aide to Virginia Sen. J. Sargeant Reynolds campaign for lieutenant governor in 1969. He later co-authored a book, Sarge Reynolds: In the Time of His Life with the late Andrew H. McCutcheon Jr. From 1971 to 1977, he was chairman of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Bicentennial Commission and developed the concept of a new Virginia Visitor's Center in Albemarle County near Monticello. He served on the select committee that planned the Virginia visit of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain to Charlottesville for the American Bicentennial in 1976. He received a special commendation from the British Embassy for his role in planning the royal visit, and in 2007 he was a member of the federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission's U.S./U.K Committee during the Queen's visit to Jamestown. During the 1970s Mr. Gleason wrote and delivered more than 400 speeches in Virginia, throughout the nation and abroad as a member of the Speakers' Bureau of the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. In the 1980s Mr. Gleason served as special assistant for a member of the U.S. Senate, and worked for two award-winning media companies, Guggenheim Productions and "Smithsonian World," a television series on PBS. He served as a consultant to Explore Park a historical attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke, Va. He was a Virginia Delegate to the reconvened U.S. Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to commemorate the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in 1987. He was also a member of the Commissioning Committee for the launching of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. He has written history-related columns for the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, and most recently for the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal. He was also the author of the Insiders' Guide to the Civil War and the Virginia History Timeline. Mr. Gleason was a recognized Virginia history authority and book author who had more than 45 years of state and national commemorative events planning, communications and public relations. At the time of his death, Mr. Gleason was involved with various writing projects on his favorite subject, Virginia history. Mr. Gleason was the founder and chief executive of Gleason Publishing, Inc., which published VIRGINIA History and Travel Magazine, the only magazine devoted to history and travel in the Commonwealth. The quarterly magazine ran for nearly two decades and suspended publication in 2005. From 2003 to 2008 Mr. Gleason was a member of the federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission, established by the U.S. Congress. He was co-chairman of the commission's Administration and Finance Committee and was elected treasurer. Visitation with be held 5 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the Fellowship Hall at the Gwynn's Island Baptist Church, Old Ferry Road, Gwynn, Va. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Ware Episcopal Church located on John Clayton Memorial Highway, Gloucester Va. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Animal Care Society, P. O. Box 121, Mathews, Va. 23109. Arrangements by Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.