Flags at half-staff honor Congressman Gillmor

BOWLING GREEN, O.—U.S. and Ohio flags are at half-staff today (Sept. 6) in honor of Ohio 5th District Rep. Paul Gillmor, who died yesterday.

A lawyer, Gillmor served the citizens of Ohio for more than 40 years, first in the Ohio Senate and, since 1988, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It was with great sadness that the Bowling Green State University community learned of his death.

“Our condolences go out to the family of Representative Gillmor,” said University spokesperson Sandra MacNevin, who serves as associate vice president for governmental affairs. “We are very, very saddened to learn of his sudden passing. This is a great loss for the University.   Representative Gillmor has a long and distinguished career in serving his constituents in northwest Ohio, and he will be greatly missed.”

Gillmor was named an Honorary Alumnus of BGSU in 1992 in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the University, both in Congress and during his prior service in the Ohio Senate. As president of the Ohio Senate, he supported a number of University initiatives, including its research park and a variety of capital improvements.    

Other University initiatives supported by Gillmor include a federal grant he secured for faculty and staff at BGSU's library, in support of their efforts to make the catalog at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library (Fremont, Ohio) fully Internet accessible.

More recently, Gillmor, along with U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, was instrumental in helping the University secure a federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to support the work of BGSU geologist Dr. Robert Vincent in monitoring water quality in Lake Erie using remote sensing technology.   

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(Posted September 06, 2007 )