Alvin Clements

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Alvin Clements was a prominent downtown banker who served as chair[1] of the Central City Commission, a group set up in the 1970's to explore ways to attract more people to downtown Charlottesville. Their work resulted in the creation of the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. He died on January 3, 2015 at the age of 87.

In 2010, Clements received the Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award for his service to the community. [2]


Clements was a former Navy man who served in World War II. He was a lifelong resident of Charlottesville, VA and graduate of University of Virginia. He started a career in banking, first with Peoples National Bank in 1949 and later then Citizens Bank and Trust from 1951 to 1972.[3]


Clements was once president of Citizens Bank and Trust Company, which later merged with Lynchburg's Fidelity American Bank. He then became chairman of the board of Central Fidelity Bank in Richmond, which later was purchased by Wachovia. He has served as a member of the city's school board, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area's board of directors[4].

At a City Council public hearing in October 1983, he spoke in favor of issuance of $9.5 million in bonds for the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority to pay a private developer for what would become the Omni Hotel. [5]

January 22, 1974 City Council meeting on YouTube



  1. Goolrick, John. "Other Cities Ahead on Town Renewal." Free Lance-Star [Fredericksburg] 30 July 1973: 1. Google News. Web. 14 Apr. 2010. <>.
  2. Web. Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award, Website, Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, retrieved November 13, 2017.
  3. Web. Banker, civic leader Alvin Clements dies, Dean Seal, The Daily Progress, January 5, 2015, retrieved January 6, 2015.
  4. Web. Alvin Clements honored with Chamber award, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, retrieved December 1, 2010.
  5. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, October 24, 1983.