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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 9, 2017 12:47 PM
From: Representative Tim Briggs
To: All House members
Subject: Condolence Resolution-Honoring the Life of Richard A. Tilghman, Former Senator
In the near future, I plan to introduce a condolence resolution honoring the life of my constituent, former House member and State Senator, Richard A. Tilghman.

On February 23, 2017, Senator Tilghman passed away from cerebral atherosclerosis at age 96. He enjoyed an illustrious career in public service, having served briefly in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate, where he spent 32 years representing the 17th District, and also served as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senator Tilghman was a member of the Class of 1943 at Princeton University and served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was honorably discharged in December, 1945 with the rank of First Lieutenant, and was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry. Veterans issues would remain paramount in his life. He secured state funding for the rehabilitation of modular housing units of the Southeastern Veterans Center. His efforts on behalf of veterans everywhere were recognized when he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame and was awarded the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal.

Senator Tilghman dedicated his life to public service, as evidenced by his long list of accomplishments on behalf of so many. Please join me in honoring the life and memory of this phenomenal man.