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Clare Wofford, Wife of Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, Dies

January 4, 1996

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Clare Wofford, the wife of former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, who worked as a State Department analyst, fund-raiser and social worker, died Thursday of leukemia. She was 69.

Mrs. Wofford lived in Bryn Mawr with her husband, a U.S. senator from 1991 until his defeat by Republican Rick Santorum in 1994. Wofford had defeated former Republican Gov. Dick Thornburgh in a special election, after Sen. John Heinz was killed in a plane crash.

Following a year in India with her husband in 1949 and the publication of their book, ``India Afire,″ Mrs. Wofford worked in the State Department as a political analyst for south Asia.

In the mid-1960s, she worked with a program, then considered novel, that provided training, transportation and health services to the unemployed in New York City.

During the 1980s, she led a major gifts campaign for Bryn Mawr College, where her husband was president. She also spent three years as managing director of the University of Pennsylvania’s 250th anniversary celebration, a yearlong event that continued through 1990.

``I was blessed with extraordinary partnership for 47 years,″ said Wofford, who now heads a federal volunteer organization.

She is also survived by three children, Susanne, Daniel and David; and four grandsons.

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