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DATE: WEDNESDAY, May 24, 1995                   TAG: 9505240099
SECTION: VIRGINIA                    PAGE: C-3   EDITION: METRO  
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The first woman to serve in the Virginia legislature, Kathryn Haesler Stone, died Friday at her home in Alexandria after complications from a stroke. She was 88.

Stone served as Arlington's delegate for 12 years, 1954-1966. She also was a writer, civil rights leader and a history teacher.

Stone stood firm for desegregation following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Brown vs. Board of Education case despite criticism from fellow politicians.

During Virginia's ``massive resistance,'' Stone continued to advocate integration and founded the first racially integrated school in Virginia.

Following the 1960 census, she fought unfair reapportionment of the General Assembly by organizing a lawsuit that resulted in a Supreme Court decision to revise the system in accordance with the principle of ``one person, one vote.''

Stone organized the Arlington and Alexandria Leagues of Women Voters, served on the state board and was the first vice president of the national board of the league.

In several legislative sessions, Stone introduced a bill to require a minimum wage law. In her final session, the measure lost by one vote. Stone had said, ``This measure would have largely benefitted women who work in humbler services and trades, many of them struggling to support children ...''

She was successful in legislation for improving many aspects of youth services, mental health, education and welfare. Among these, she was integral in the establishment of the Virginia community college system and the state's first regional detention home for juveniles.

As a writer, Stone co-authored two books with her husband Harold A. Stone, who survives her, and Donald K. Price: ``City Manager Government in the U.S.'' and ``Case Studies in City Manager Government.'' In 1965, she wrote a two-volume history, ``Reston, Virginia: Its Beginnings.''

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