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AFGE President Sturdivant Dies

October 29, 1997

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ John Sturdivant, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, has died of leukemia. He was 59.

Sturdivant was diagnosed with leukemia in December 1996 and had undergone chemotherapy over the last year. He died Tuesday night at Fairfax Hospital, the union said.

An AFGE activist for three decades, Sturdivant was first elected president of the union in 1988.

He overwhelmingly won re-election to a fourth term at the union’s August convention. The union’s secretary-treasurer, Bobby L. Harnage, will serve out Sturdivant’s term, which ends in 2000.

Sturdivant is survived by his daughter, Michelle, his mother, two brothers and a sister.

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