The Committee of 100 on the Federal City member John Yago at 2013 event. Committee photo.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

John William Yago, Jr., a key member of ARTBA’s legislative team from 1990-99, died March 3 in Bethesda, Maryland, after a long battle with cancer, according to his family. He was 89 years old.

Yago joined the association as a consultant for the “Building a Better America Through Transportation” campaign, bringing to the government affairs staff his nearly 20 years of experience with the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. He later spent five years as ARTBA’s director of congressional relations, and edited the “Washington Newsline.”  He authored the association’s 90th anniversary publication in 1992.

In March 1999 at Yago’s retirement party, then ARTBA President Pete Ruane said John was “a ‘G’ man… graceful, genteel and a gentleman.”

A native of Beckley, West Virginia, Yago began his career as a journalist with the Beckley Post-Herald and the Charleston Gazette.

A memorial service is scheduled for March 28 at Washington National Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be sent to Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016 or Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, Md. 20850.