RECOGNIZING MAYOR RALPH H. DEAN; Congressional Record Vol. 151, No. 106
(Senate - July 29, 2005)

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 Mr. ALLEN. Mr. President, I am pleased today to recognize 
Mayor Ralph Dean of Luray, VA, as he celebrates his silver anniversary 
this month as the town's highest elected official. Since 1980, Mayor 
Dean has worked to make the town of Luray a better place to work and 
live, and I applaud him for such dedicated public service.
  For 25 years, Mayor Dean has been a successful advocate for lower 
taxes and business growth in Luray. His policies have helped to attract 
industry and investment, which have in turn created more jobs for the 
local citizens. He has also helped develop recreational opportunities 
for his town, such as Lake Arrowhead and Luray Recreational Park. And, 
in 2004, Ralph oversaw the beautiful new renovation of Luray Town Hall. 
The expansion and revitalization of Luray under Mayor Dean's leadership 
has helped the town become a more prosperous and enjoyable place to 
call home.
  The mayor has also built a great family with his wife Billie. They 
have a daughter named Dixie Dean Foltz, and a grandson named Patrick 
Foltz. Mayor Dean is a member of the Luray Christian Church. He has 
also been a member of the Luray Lions Club for over 30 years and a Boy 
Scout Leader for over 20 years. Prior to his tenure as mayor, Ralph 
served on the Luray town council from 1974 until 1980.
  Mayor Dean is an effective leader in Luray because he genuinely 
enjoys what he does and cares about the citizens of Luray. I 
congratulate the mayor on 25 years of dedication to public service in 
Luray, VA, and wish him and his family many more years of happiness and 
success. Our Commonwealth is fortunate to have a man of his character 
and leadership leading the way in the town of Luray.