The Middleburg Library Advisory Board, the all-volunteer Friends group that supports the Middleburg Library, agreed at its January Board meeting to rename its book scholarship program in honor of former board member Charles L. Plante, who died December 21.

 Known to his family and friends as Charlie, Mr. Plante was a long-time active supporter of the Middleburg Library and a member of the Advisory Board. A former chief of staff for two U.S. Senators, Mr. Plante earned a Ph. D. from Georgetown University and served as Philippines regional director for the Peace Corps. As a lobbyist for the Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Transplantation and the United Network for Organ Sharing, Mr. Plante was the driving force behind congressional passage of legislation that authorized Medicare coverage for dialysis treatments for kidney disease patients.

 “Charlie was a true humanitarian,” said former Advisory Board President Denis Cotter. “He was a relentless warrior for the less fortunate. I was pleased to suggest that we name our scholarship program, which he strongly supported, in his honor and equally pleased that the Advisory Board approved it unanimously.”

 The Middleburg Library Advisory Board provides scholarships to deserving high school seniors going on to further their educations. In 2016, the newly renamed Charles L. Plante Book Scholarship Program will grant four $1,000 book scholarship awards.