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Gray Panthers Founder Mugged

November 14, 1987

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Maggie Kuhn, the 82-year-old founder of the Gray Panthers, was listed in satisfactory condition today after a mugging.

Ms. Kuhn broke her shoulder and upper arm and suffered cuts on her face in a purse-snatching Tuesday night outside her home, said Margie Palmer, nursing supervisor at Germantown Hospital.

Ms. Palmer said Ms. Kuhn was expected to be discharged today.

Ms. Kuhn, who founded the Gray Panthers, an advocacy organization for the elderly, in 1970, said from her hospital bed that the attack was ″painful and shocking″ but that she held no grudge against her assailants.

″You have to look at my accident in terms of a sick society,″ she said Thursday. ″They’re sick and troubled or they wouldn’t turn to violence. The alienation between old and young is dreadful.″

Ms. Kuhn and a friend, Diane Carlson, 42, were walking home when they were attacked by two men who pushed them to the sidewalk, grabbed Ms. Carlson’s purse and fled, said police Capt. Stanley Puchalski.

Puchalski said the purse contained $10. Nothing was taken from Ms. Kuhn, he said.

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