Former Pittsburgh Congressman Dead at 64
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Former U.S. Rep. William S. Moorhead of Pittsburgh, an 11-term Democrat who helped uncover military cost overruns and strengthen public access to government documents, has died. He was 64.
Moorhead died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, according to Joann Rodgers, a hospital spokesman. She said it was against hospital policy to release details. But The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Moorhead had cancer.
″Congressman Moorhead was a well-respected and able member of Congress for Pittsburgh and all of Pennsylvania,″ said U.S. Rep. William J. Coyne, who succeeded Moorhead in the House.
Moorhead, a member of the House from 1958 to 1981, served on a number of important congressional committees and subcommittees.
As chairman of the Foreign Operations and Government Information Subcommittee, he strengthened the public’s right of access to government documents through the Freedom of Information Act of 1974 and wrote the Privacy Act of 1974.
As a critic of excessive military spending, Moorhead helped uncover Air Force cost overruns in the construction of the C5-A cargo plane. And he helped pull New York City and Chrysler Corp. from the brink of financial ruin by initiating federal loan guarantees to rescue them.
His concept of a federal foundation to assist the arts led to establishment in 1965 of a foundation that was the forerunner of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1923, Moorhead received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
He was a member of the Allegheny County Housing Authority from 1956 to 1958, when he ran for the 14th Congressional District seat.
From 1981-1987, he was a partner of Cohe Coutore Lyons and Moorhead, a Washington, D.C., law firm.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy Galpin Moorhead of The Plains, Va.; four children, and five grandchildren.
Services and burial will be private in Madison, Conn. A memorial service will be held in Washington, D.C., in September.