The full obituary for Dr. LaZalia V. Richardson, beloved, longtime faculty member at Germanna. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to The Partnership for Academic Excellence, P.O Box 7052, Fredericksburg, VA 22404 or The Dr. LaZalia Richardson Endowed Scholarship Fund, Germanna Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 1430, Locust Grove, VA 22508.
A viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at A. L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA, with viewing for one hour prior to the service.
Among the leadership positions Dr. Richardson held at Germanna were English Department coordinator, member of the Faculty Senate and chair of the College Council. She taught composition and literature for GCC for 24 years, specializing in American literature and the Bible as literature. She retired in 2011 after a stroke.
In 2014, former faculty member Nancy Noel penned a tribute for The Free Lance-Star noting that Dr. Richardson received a standing ovation when she returned to address a crowd of about 400 Germanna faculty members, staffers and administrators:
“Her voice was strong and her words were clear. She told a story about Germanna’s power to change lives, saying a former student said that having met her … ‘opened up his head and turned his brain all upside down’ so he could see things with a different vision.”
“And that is why we do what we do here,” Dr. Richardson told the crowd. “We must be here for the students, for the students, for the students.”
Brenda Robinson, now a faculty member at Germanna, was one of Dr. Richardson’s students. Brenda said she pushes herself to try to be the kind of teacher she was, helping her own students as Dr. Richardson helped her when she was a student.
“I would go to see her and say, ‘I can’t do this.’ And she would hug me. I can’t say how many times she hugged me. I transferred to [the University of] Mary Washington and she continued to help me there. She helped me get into graduate school.”
Dr. Richardson will be missed. Our deepest condolences to her husband, Xavier Richardson, and the rest of her family.