Former Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio Dies

City’s current mayor says Marcuccio was a “deeply devoted public servant”


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Phyllis Marcuccio

Via Phyllis Marcuccio's campaign website

Phyllis Marcuccio, who served as Rockville’s mayor from 2009 to 2013, died Tuesday.

“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,” Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton said in a prepared statement released Thursday.

Marcuccio spent two terms as the city’s mayor, vacating the post in 2013 at age 80 after deciding not to pursue re-election. Instead, Marcuccio supported Newton’s bid for the post. In a 2013 interview with Patch, she said one of her biggest accomplishments as mayor was opening doors of communication between the city and the county, state and Maryland Municipal League.

Marcuccio moved to Rockville as a young child and was a graduate of Richard Montgomery High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a master’s from George Washington University. She then worked for nearly 40 years for the National Science Teachers Association in Arlington, Virginia, retiring in 1999, according to her campaign webpage. There, she spent time as an editor, publisher, director of the division of elementary education and associate executive director for publications and membership.

She was a longtime community advocate, serving as president of the East Rockville Civic Association, a board member of the Rockville Housing Authority and a member of other commissions and task forces in the city. She helped found the Rockville Science Center and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Rockville, according to a city press release.

During her time as civic association president, she worked to create Mary Trumbo Park in honor of a community member who was struck by a car on Rockville Pike in 2001. She also lobbied for her community during the planning of the Rockville Town Center.

Marcuccio served on the city Council from 2005 to 2009, when she was elected mayor.

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

A Mass of Christian burial for Marcuccio will be celebrated at 10 a.m. June 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Veirs Mill Road in Rockville, with a reception following. The burial will be private, according to the city.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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