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Posted on: July 12, 2018

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton Statement on Passing of Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated June 22

Rockville, Maryland, June 7 — On behalf of the City of Rockville’s Mayor and Council, and staff, Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton issued the following statement today on the passing of Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, who died Tuesday, June 5:

“Mayor Marcuccio was a deeply devoted public servant throughout her life and career. A longstanding Rockville resident, she prided herself as a grassroots activist and was an outspoken advocate for the city, always keeping the best interests of her community close to her heart.

“She was a stalwart champion for accountability, putting Rockville residents first when it came to making decisions as a member of the Mayor and Council.

“Whether planning for growth, keeping residents safe, wisely spending taxpayer money or protecting the environment, her commitment to protecting our quality of life and neighborhoods, was first and foremost.

“The City of Rockville is in a better place for her leadership. It was an honor to have known and worked with her.”

Marcuccio served two terms as Rockville’s mayor from 2009-2013, following two terms as a councilmember. She retired as mayor in 2013.

Marcuccio was president of the East Rockville Civic Association, a board member of the Rockville Housing Authority, and a member of several commissions and task forces within the City of Rockville. She was a founding member of the Rockville Science Center and a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Rockville.

As president of the East Rockville Civic Association, Marcuccio was instrumental in the mission to establish Mary Trumbo Park, which memorializes a community member struck by a car on Rockville Pike in 2001. She also helped to spearhead the establishment of a neighborhood plan to ensure that East Rockville was considered in Town Center master planning.

After moving to Rockville as a young child, Marcuccio graduated from Richard Montgomery High School and only left the city long enough to get her college degrees and initial job experiences. She retired from the National Science Teachers Association as a national leader and innovator in childhood education after 38 years with the organization.

She lived in Rockville for more than 50 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 520 Veirs Mill Road, followed by a reception. The burial will be private.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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