While we think every member of the John Alexander Chapter, NSDAR, is truly special and "prominent," some have achieved state or national prominence.
As you may have learned from our other pages on this website, we love Marion Moncure Duncan and all she did for Alexandria, Virginia, and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marion Elizabeth Moncure Duncan was born on December 19, 1913, in Alexandria, Virginia. She was a woman ahead of her time! She worked as a secretary for the president of AT&T in 1941, and for the American Red Cross from 1945 to 1947. She also worked as a court reporter, an accredited insurance broker, and from 1953 until 1976 was a small business owner. She was a founding member of Senior Services of Alexandria, established in 1968 to combat age discrimination in hiring and employment.
She became an organizing member of the John Alexander Chapter, NSDAR, in 1932, and served as chapter regent from 1937 to 1940. She served in many state-level offices in the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, including state regent (1950–1953).
In April 1962, she became the first Virginian and the youngest woman to date to preside over the NSDAR. Her administration's theme was "Know-Do-Tell."
In DAR we honor our Junior members - women 18-35 years old. We know they are capable of phenomenal leadership and accomplishment. The John Alexander Chapter, NSDAR, was founded by young women who knew they had the potential to be the future of DAR and our nation. Until the 1950s, members of our chapter had to be under 35 years old. Brooke Purinton is the chapter's second Virginia State Outstanding Junior. (The first was in 1965). We are so proud of her!
Brooke served as Chapter Regent from 2013-2016, and oversaw a project to return valuable DAR pins to the chapter, started the chapter's tradition of volunteering at the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon, and worked with the chaplain on a project to ensure every member received a birthday card every year.
She has a background in astronomy and physics, currently works for the federal government, and attends Georgetown University Law School at night.
Toddy Puller served Northern Virginia for 23 years in the Virginia legislature.
Toddy was married to Marine Corps Lieutenant Lewis Puller, Jr., son of U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, Sr. Her father was U. S. Army Colonel Robert Todd, who always joked the only non-Army man good enough for his daughter was the son of General Puller!
Delegate Puller suffered a stroke in 1997, which limited her movement, but she continued to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates. In 1999, she was elected to the Virginia Senate, serving until her retirement in 2015. For this, she was given the nickname "The Iron Lady of the Senate."
In 2017, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced the new veterans long-term nursing care facility to be built in Vint Hill, Fauquier County, Virginia, would be named for General Puller, Lieutenant Puller and Senator Puller for their service to the commonwealth and nation. The John Alexander Chapter, NSDAR, looks forward to many community service projects in support of the Puller Veterans Care Center (VCC) once it is opened!
Amy B. Jackson was elected to the Alexandria City Council for a second term in November 2021.
As a member of city council, Jackson serves on a variety of local and regional boards: The City Manager’s Quality of Life Committee, City Corps Council, INOVA Alexandria Hospital Task Force, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, Combined Sewer Outfall Project Review Team Workgroup, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee, Potomac Watershed Roundtable, Gang Prevention Community Task Force, and the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission.
In 2019, Councilor Jackson entered a proclamation to the city council commending the John Alexander Chapter, NSDAR, and its decades of service to the city.
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Updated April 20, 2020
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