Donald Phau of Leesburg passed away on March 16, 2016 due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis. He was 66 years old.
Born in New York in 1950, he was the son of Benjamin Phau, and Frances Phau and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A student and scholar of American and European history, Don published studies of Lafayette and Beethoven and their fight to spread the ideals of the American revolution, and on Benjamin Franklin’s role in organizing the dramatic industrial growth and scientific progress which followed the revolution. He wrote a major critique of Thomas Jefferson which showed how the Virginian connived with the British and southern slaveholders and free-traders against Alexander Hamilton’s program for high wage modern industry. Donald Phau was a long-time member of the political movement associated with Lyndon LaRouche.
He is survived by Deborah Sonnenblick, his closest friend and partner for the past ten years and by his two sons, Peter and Paul Phau, and by his niece C. Alexis Freeman.