Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Former Gov. Dick Thornburgh 'resting comfortably' at Pittsburgh hospital

PITTSBURGH - Former Gov. Richard "Dick" Thornburgh, 81, was resting comfortably at UPMC Presbyterian, according to a statement released Sunday by his family.

Stephanie Stanley, manager of media relations for UPMC, would not confirm reports that Thornburgh had suffered a mild stroke Saturday at his summer home in Ligonier. She said she was told by Thornburgh's family to release the following statement:

"Mr. Thornburgh is resting comfortably and receiving excellent care at UPMC Presbyterian. He is awake, alert and looking forward to a full recovery."

Thornburgh served as governor of Pennsylvania, U.S. attorney general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and undersecretary general of the United Nations.

He was elected governor in 1978 and reelected in 1982. Shortly after he took office, his administration was challenged by the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, in 1979. He served from 1988 to 1991 as U.S. attorney general. He was undersecretary general of the United Nations from 1992 to 1993.

Thornburgh earned an engineering degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Law Review. He is a trustee emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh.

He is married to Ginny Judson Thornburgh, a former schoolteacher from New York.


Karen Kane Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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