Remembering Gov. Dick Thornburgh

Former Gov. Dick Thornburgh is being remembered, as U.S. and Pennsylvania flags fly at half-staff at all state facilities, public buildings and grounds.

Thornburgh died on Dec. 31.

A Republican, Thornburgh served as governor from 1979-86 and later as U.S. attorney general, a job in which he helped establish the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Gov. Thornburgh served our commonwealth and our nation with pride and distinction,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “His calm, grounded leadership was a hallmark of his governorship, and was critical to guiding Pennsylvania through the tumultuous days following the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island. Gov. Thornburgh dedicated his life to public service, and his contributions to our commonwealth will not be forgotten. Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to the Thornburgh family. The people of Pennsylvania mourn with you.”

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey issued the following statement regarding the death of Thornburgh:

“Gov. Dick Thornburgh dedicated his professional life to public service. He led Pennsylvania and, later, the Department of Justice successfully and with integrity. The steady nature in which he guided Pennsylvania through one of its most dangerous crises – the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island – should serve as an example for all elected officials. I extend my condolences to Gov. Thornburgh’s wife, Ginny, and their entire family.”

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said in a statement, “Terese and I were saddened to learn today of the passing of Dick Thornburgh, a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Governor of Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney General, and friend. Our Commonwealth and our country are better for his distinguished service. Together with the entire Casey family, we send our deepest condolences to Ginny, his four sons, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Former Gov. Mark Schweiker said, “Gov. Thornburgh was a personal hero and a leader to emulate. His passion for public service and the people of his beloved Pennsylvania was still obvious long after he left office. In examining everything he did during the crisis at Three Mile Island, his leadership was thoughtful and strong at a time when the commonwealth needed it most. Kathy and I extend our prayers to Ginny and his entire family.” ••