Related topics

Helen Giuliani Dies at 92

September 8, 2002

%mlink(STRY:; PHOTO:; AUDIO:%)

NEW YORK (AP) _ Helen Giuliani, the mother of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, died early Sunday. She was 92.

The former mayor was at his mother’s side when she died at about 1:30 a.m. at Mount Sinai Medical Center, spokeswoman Sunny Mindel said.

Mrs. Giuliani had been in poor health for about 18 months, she said.

Mrs. Giuliani took an active role in her son’s political career, campaigning for him in 1989, when he lost a bid for the mayor’s office, and in 1993, when he won his first term.

On the morning that Giuliani was sworn in for his second term in 1998, she made clear she foresaw another inaugural.

``Someday I will see him sworn in as president,″ she said.

The former mayor credited his mother with imparting a sense of history and the importance of establishing priorities, Mindel said. She said Giuliani was calm as told his staff of his mother’s death.

``He regaled us with wonderful stories about his mother,″ she said. ``As always, the mayor is a strong man, and is calm in getting through this.″

Giuliani’s father, Harold, died in 1981.

Update hourly