Former state lawmaker passes away

Source: MGN
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- Alan Diamonstein, a lawyer and former Virginia lawmaker who worked to secure support for the state's schools and colleges, has died. He was 88.

Lindsey Carney, a spokeswoman for his Newport News law firm, said Diamonstein died at his home Thursday.

Diamonstein was elected to the General Assembly in 1967 and served until 2002. While in the House of Delegates, Diamonstein also focused on housing, and on helping people with mental illness and disabilities.

The Daily Press of Newport News described Diamonstein as an advocate for Christopher Newport University, earning him the nickname "Mr. CNU." Many buildings on the campus were built because of his efforts.

A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday at the Alan and Beverly Diamonstein Concert Hall at Ferguson Center on the CNU campus.

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