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Memorial service set for Gov. Leader set for May 16

A memorial service will be held Thursday at Derry Presbyterian Church for Gov. George M. Leader, who died Thursday at his home in Hershey.

Memorial service set for Gov. Leader set for May 16


A memorial service is scheduled on May 16 for Pennsylvania Gov. George M. Leader, who died Thursday at his home in Hershey.

The service at Derry Presbyterian Church will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The viewing will take place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on May 15 at the Hoover Funeral Home in Hershey.

At his family's request, Leader will not lie in state in the Capitol, according to family spokeswoman Kelly Kuntz.

A private burial will be arranged at a later date by the family.

Leader, who served as governor between 1955 and 1959, was 95. Read the Inquirer's full obituary here.Promo code R55T

See video of Leader's 1956 inaugural speech courtesy of PCNTV here

This 27-minute video is worth watching for the wonderful period moments -the Cronkite-like host and the military tanks and Mummers in the inaugural parade - as well as Leader's memorable words:

"Think of government not as a dreary contest for power..but as a helpful prevent injustice and guard against oppression."




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