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State Flags To Go To Half-Staff In Memory Of Governor William Scranton

July 30, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett has ordered all Pennsylvania flags lowered to half-staff in honor of former Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton who died Sunday night at the age of 96.

Scranton passed away at a residence at a retirement community in California.  Death was attributed to a brain hemorrhage.  Scranton also owned a home in Waverly, just outside the Pennsylvania city which bears his family’s name.

State legislators and political pundits are remembering Scranton as a leader and statesman.  Franklin and Marshall College professor Terry Madonna, a renowned political analyst and pollster, told Radio PA News the former Governor was a moderate Republican, elected just after the Democrats had earned their first voter registration advantage in state history.

Scranton was a one-term governor, serving from 1963 until 1967.  He was responsible for creating the state Board of Education and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

Scranton was also a 1964 Presidential candidate, and served for nearly a year in the mid-1970’s as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.  He also chaired the Presidential panel which probed the 1970 shootings on the campuses of Kent State and Jackson State Universities.

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