The eldest brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a former Baltimore mayor, Thomas D’Alesandro III, died Sunday at the age of 90 due to complications from a stroke, FOX News reports.
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the passing of her brother, former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III:
“My husband Paul and our entire family are devastated by the loss of our patriarch, my beloved brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III.
“Tommy was the finest public servant I have ever known. His life and leadership were a tribute to the Catholic values with which we were raised: faith, family, patriotism. He profoundly believed, as did our parents, that public service was a noble calling and that we all had a responsibility to help others.
“Tommy dedicated his life to our city. A champion of civil rights, he worked tirelessly for all who called Baltimore home. Tommy was a leader of dignity, compassion and extraordinary courage, whose presence radiated hope upon our city during times of struggle and conflict.
“All his life, Tommy worked on the side of the angels. Now, he is with them. With his commitment to his family and public service, his life has truly blessed America.
“All who were blessed to know and to love Tommy mourn with his wife Margaret, his children Thomas, Dominic, Nicholas, Patricia and Gregory, and his grandchildren whom he adored, and are praying for them at this sad time.”
D’Alesandro was mayor of Baltimore during a tumultuous period in the city’s history between 1967 and 1971 that saw racial tension and worker strikes, but also a growth in public housing and education, FOX reported.
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He started his tenure as mayor pledging to “root out every cause or vestige of discrimination,” the Baltimore Sun reported. However, racial tension remained high; riots after the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 killed six people and injured hundreds more. The paper notes that D’Alesandro did bring on city officials who “continue to play major roles in Baltimore’s civic life.” He worked as an attorney after he left City Hall.
D’Alesandro’s death at his home in Baltimore came only a few days after the city lost another one of its longtime politicians, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.
Rest in peace.
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