C. Ned Lester: Rotarian and PDG C. Ned Lester Passed Away

C. Ned Lester
Rotarian and PDG C. Ned Lester Passed Away
Terri Fisher
PDG C. Ned Lester passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2016 surrounded by his wife and children. He was born and raised in Washington County, Virginia. The son of John and Vene Lester, he was a twin and one of 12 children.
Ned received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. from Florida State University. He was a Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent and the Associate Dean and Director of Continuing Education at Virginia Tech. Upon retirement from Virginia Tech, Ned founded Global Opportunities, Inc. an international trade and consulting firm.
Ned joined the Christiansburg-Blacksburg Rotary Club in 1970. He served as Club President in 1999-2000 and District Governor in 2006-2007. Other Rotary positions Ned held include District Governor’s Representative, Assistant Governor for Area 8, chair of the District Youth Committee, and member of the Membership Development and Retention, Polio Plus, Strategic Planning, International Awards, and Foundation committees and the District Training Team. In addition, Ned coordinated the District Youth Leadership Committee from its inception in 1980 and was a graduate and instructor for the Rotary Leadership Institute. He was a charter member of the Blacksburg Rotary Club and served on the Extension Committee for the Christiansburg Rotary Club. Most recently, Ned was instrumental in bringing the 2018 Annual United States Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (USGFR) National Championship to Blacksburg.
Ned was an elder at Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, a former president of the New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, a former chairman of the Character Education Partnership program with Virginia Tech and the Montgomery County Public Schools, and a member of the President’s Small Business Council. Ned loved the Hokies and painting landscape scenes.
Ned is survived by his wife of 52 years, and fellow Rotarian (Blacksburg Rotary Club), Rosalyn; his son Craig and wife Kerri; and daughter Elizabeth and husband Wulff, and granddaughters Courtney and Paige.