Former Gov. Thornburgh recovering from mild stroke

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LIGONIER, Pa. —

Former Gov. Dick Thornburgh, who led Pennsylvania during the Three Mile Island crisis and served as U.S. attorney general under two presidents, suffered a mild stroke on Saturday morning at his weekend home in Ligonier, his wife said.

“He is resting comfortably and receiving excellent care at UPMC Presbyterian,” said Ginny Thornburgh.

The former governor first went to Latrobe Hospital, she said. Doctors there recommended that he be taken to the Oakland hospital.

Thornburgh, 81, served as governor from 1979 to 1987 and attorney general from 1988 to 1991. When he lost a Senate race in 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed him undersecretary general of the United Nations.

Ginny Thornburgh said a doctor told her that “he will do well from a recovery point of view.”

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