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Former Governor Dick Thornburgh suffers a stroke

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 23, 2014 5:09 AM
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Dick Thornburgh served as governor from January 16, 1979 until January 20, 1987.

(Pittsburgh) -- Former U.S. Attorney General and former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh has been hospitalized in Pittsburgh after suffering a mild stroke.

His wife Ginny Thornburgh says the stroke happened Saturday at their weekend home in Ligonier.

She says a doctor told her the 81-year-old "will do well from a recovery point of view.'' Thornburgh is resting comfortably at UPMC Presbyterian hospital.

As governor in 1979, Thornburgh led the state during the Three Mile Island nuclear crisis. The Republican later served as U.S. attorney general under both presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Bush appointed him undersecretary general of the United Nations after Thornburgh lost a Senate race in 1991.

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