Other Deaths of Note


December 13, 2006

RAYMOND P. SHAFER, 89 Pennsylvania governor

A Republican who oversaw tax increases to finance social programs as Pennsylvania's governor from 1967 to 1971 and later pushed for federal decriminalization of personal marijuana use, died Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Shafer led an overhaul of the state constitution, which had grown outdated, winning several changes from the Republican-controlled legislature and voters. But by the time his term ended, the state's finances were in shambles, partly because of large spending increases he pushed.

President Nixon named him chairman of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse in 1971. Nixon later rejected its report recommending that state and federal governments decriminalize the personal use of marijuana.

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