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Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:09 PM

Former Baltimore Mayor Thomas 'Young Tommy' D'Alesandro III dies at 90

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Source: Baltimore Sun


Former Mayor Tommy D'Alesandro stands at the intersection of Broadway and East Fayette St. where forty years ago he stood as mayor after rioting had destroyed a number of buildings. (Jed Kirschbaum / Baltimore Sun)

Thomas D'Alesandro III, a former Baltimore mayor and member of a storied political family affectionately known as "Young Tommy," died at his North Baltimore home Sunday of stroke complications.

He was 90 years old.

The oldest brother of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D'Alesandro was mayor for one tumultuous term, from 1967 to 1971, which was marked by the 1968 riots, racial strife and strikes by city laborers, bus drivers and even symphony musicians.

But it was also a time of rebuilding what even then was an aging city, and one that was losing both residents and political power to the growing suburbs. As Baltimore's 42nd mayor, he opened new schools, built a new police headquarters and pushed for open housing. D'Alesandro got Baltimoreans to approve an $80 million bond issue to build schools. He devised summer recreation programs -- mobile pools, day camps -- for city youth. And he laid legislative groundwork for the Inner Harbor development.

D'Alesandro, who took office vowing to "root out every cause or vestige of discrimination," remained proud throughout his life of his progressive record on civil rights. As City Council president, he worked with Mayor Theodore McKeldin, a liberal Republican, to eliminate racial barriers in employment, education and other areas. As mayor, he appointed multiple African-Americans to his administration, some of them, such as George Russell, Jr., the city solicitor and member of the Board of Estimates, the first African Americans to hold those positions.



Read more: https://www.baltimoresun.com/obituaries/bs-md-ob-tommy-dalesandro-20191020-dzzetsbbi5cehdiqupcp5slwca-story.html



My condolences to the Pelosi and D'Alesandro families.

Speaker Pelosi's tweet:
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Nancy Pelosi ✔ @SpeakerPelosi

My brother Tommy was the finest public servant I have ever known. All his life, Tommy worked on the side of the angels. Now, he is with them.

https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/102019
Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Thomas D'Alesandro III
My husband Paul and our entire family are devastated by the loss of our patriarch, my beloved brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III.

1:46 PM - Oct 20, 2019

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Reply Former Baltimore Mayor Thomas 'Young Tommy' D'Alesandro III dies at 90 (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Oct 20 OP
WhiteTara Oct 20 #1
Dennis Donovan Oct 20 #4
irisblue Oct 20 #5
WhiteTara Oct 20 #8
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irisblue Oct 20 #3
greatauntoftriplets Oct 20 #6
gademocrat7 Oct 20 #7
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:12 PM

1. This must be an incredibly difficult time for the Speaker.

Her dear, long time friend is lying in state at the Capitol, the world is unraveling and her brother is dead. She must really be working very hard not to be torn by different areas of grief and the world needing her to be so strong for all of us.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:15 PM

4. She was in Jordan yesterday, trying to clean up any messes made by Trump's Syria decision

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:15 PM

5. Isn't the Speaker in Jordan now?

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Response to irisblue (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:50 PM

8. exactly

She has no time to grieve and the fate of the world may be in her hands. It must be a very difficult time for her.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:12 PM

2. Condolences To His Family

and especially Nancy

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Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:14 PM

3. Condolences to his family

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Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:22 PM

6. Condolences to the family.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:43 PM

7. Deepest sympathy to Speaker Pelosi and her family.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 12:59 PM

9. Rest in peace Tommy D'Alesandro.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 01:44 PM

10. Just saw this.

That was her oldest brother (oldest of the kids).

So sorry to see this but was even shocked when I found out last month that he was still around!!!

R.I.P. and condolences to the D'Alesandro family.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 02:50 PM

11. It is a sad week for Baltimore,MD.

Baltimore US Representative Elijah Cummings and former Baltimore Mayor Tom D'Alessndro III.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 04:13 PM

12. Our Speaker has had 2 great losses this week

Peace to her and her family.

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Sun Oct 20, 2019, 07:45 PM

13. ...

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2019, 08:53 PM

14. RIP Tommy.

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