Former Gov. Dick Thornburgh 'resting comfortably' at UPMC Presbyterian

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Former Gov. Richard “Dick” Thornburgh, 81, is “resting comfortably” at UPMC Presbyterian, according to a statement released today by his family.

Stephanie Stanley, manager of media relations for UPMC, would not confirm reports that Mr. Thornburgh had suffered a mild stroke Saturday at his summer home in Ligonier. She said she was told by Mr. 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.”

The former Pittsburgh resident has served as governor of Pennsylvania, U.S. attorney general under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and under-secretary general of the United Nations.

He was elected governor in 1978 and was re-elected in 1982. Shortly after taking office, his brief tenure was challenged by the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979. He served from 1988 to 1991 as U.S. attorney general. He was under-secretary-general of the United Nations from 1992 to 1993.

In 2006, Mr. Thornburgh received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from The American Lawyer magazine for “important contributions to public life while building an outstanding private practice.”

Mr. Thornburgh obtained 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.

According to his biography, “Where the Evidence Leads,” published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2003 and 2010, Mr. Thornburgh was born July 16, 1932. He is married to Ginny Judson Thornburgh, a former schoolteacher from New York, who holds degrees from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180 First Published June 22, 2014 12:00 AM

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