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Governor Rendell Announces the Passing of Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll
Date:11/12/2008

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewwire/ - Governor Edward G. Rendell tonight announced the passing of Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

"On behalf of all Pennsylvania, Midge and I extend heart-felt sympathy to Catherine's family," Governor Rendell said. "Today we mourn the passing of one of the strongest, most dedicated public servants in Pennsylvania's history. Our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine's family. She will be deeply missed.

"Even as she fought cancer in recent months, she remained upbeat and dedicated to serving the commonwealth," he said. "Catherine was a very passionate and exuberant advocate for many worthy causes. Her passing is a tremendous loss for the many people whose lives she touched."

Knoll died Wednesday at approximately 6 p.m. at National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she was recovering from treatment for neuroendocrine cancer. She was surrounded by her family.

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, Knoll will be replaced as Lieutenant Governor by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Joseph B. Scarnati III (R-Jefferson).

As lieutenant governor, Knoll played a vital role in addressing a variety of issues of critical importance to the people of Pennsylvania. She was particularly proud of her accomplishment of creating of TAP 529 Pennsylvania Tuition Account Program, which has since been renamed 'nowU.' She was also instrumental in issues including emergency management, domestic preparedness, economic development and local government. She served as the president of the Senate and chairwoman of the Board of Pardons, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council, and the Local Government Advisory Committee.

Knoll was sworn in on Jan. 21, 2003, as Pennsylvania's 30th lieutenant governor; the first woman elected to the post.

A native of Allegheny County, Knoll, 78, devoted her life to public service, first as a school teacher and business woman and later
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