The courtyard at the Metropolitan Water District’s headquarters in downtown Los Angeles was named Monday in honor of John V. “Jack” Foley, who served two terms as chairman of the agency’s board of directors.

Foley, 83, died in March at his home in Laguna Niguel following a battle with cancer, according to the MWD. He was in the midst of his second two-year term as MWD chairman. He also served as chairman from December 1993 through 1998, and was one of the longest-serving MWD directors, representing the Municipal Water District of Orange County since 1989.

At a ceremony at the MWD complex, a bronze plaque was unveiled to dedicate the Col. John V. “Jack” Foley Courtyard.

“I know Jack would be deeply honored to have this beautiful courtyard at Metropolitan’s headquarters named after him,” said his wife, Mary Jane Foley. “Jack truly believed in the mission of Metropolitan. One of his greatest joys was serving as your chairman and helping to ensure a reliable water supply for Southern California. He admired his many fellow directors and had the greatest respect for the staff and this institution.”

Foley previously served as general manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District in southern Orange County and the Aliso Water Management Agency. He served on the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board in the late 1980s and on the Bay/Delta Oversight Council and the Bay Delta Advisory Council.

He served with the U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam and was a district manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until 1976.

“He embodied equal doses of intellect, character, vision, humility, integrity and a fair sprinkling of humor,” MWD General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger said. “Jack was inspirational and charming. As a testament to his leadership, we miss him more as a man than as a leader.”

City News Service

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