William Scranton, former Pa. governor, dead at 96

William Warren Scranton, the 38th governor of Pennsylvania, died Sunday in California. He was 96. Credit: Getty Images
William Warren Scranton, the 38th governor of Pennsylvania, died Sunday in California. He was 96. Credit: Getty Images

William Warren Scranton, Pennsylvania’s 38th governor who served from 1963 to 1967, died Sunday night at a retirement community in California. He was 96.

Scranton, heir to a railroad and utility fortune and a descendant of the founders of Scranton, Pa., served as an ambassador to the United Nations and a presidential nominee.

Gov. Tom Corbett ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff in his honor.

“Gov. Scranton was a world-class leader in government,” Corbett said in a statement. “He will be remembered as a man of humility, honesty, dignity and integrity,’’ Corbett said.


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