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December 14, 2008

RON CAREY, 72

Former Teamsters president

Ron Carey, the former Teamsters president who pledged to rid the union of mob corruption but was later forced from leadership in a financial scandal, died Thursday at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens of complications from lung cancer, his son Daniel Carey said.

After a stint in the Marines, Mr. Carey joined the Teamsters in 1956 while working as a driver for United Parcel Service. He became president of a local union post in New York in 1967 on a platform of challenging corrupt leadership in the organization.

In 1989, federal officials began overseeing much of the Teamsters' operations after the union settled a civil racketeering lawsuit alleging it was controlled by organized crime. The settlement required top officials to be chosen by union members, a decision that led to Mr. Carey becoming the first Teamster president elected by membership.

Mr. Carey won re-election in 1996 over James P. Hoffa, son of the former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, but the result was later overturned amid charges that Mr. Carey's campaign illegally used about $885,000 in union funds.

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