Heinz III, H. John

Ironic 1979 TLS by the popular businessman and Pennsylvania moderate-liberal US Senator, killed in a 1991 airplane crash

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(1938-1991) Pennsylvania businessman and GOP politician, US Rep 1971-77, US Senator 1977 until he was killed in a plane crash in 1991. His father was heir to the H. J. Heinz Co., and as an only child, he lived in California with his mother and stepfather after his parents’ 1942 divorce. Though raised and primarily residing in San Francisco, he often spent summers with his father in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Yale in 1960 and from Harvard Business School in 1963. At Harvard he met his future wife, Teresa. Upon graduation from HBS, he served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, remaining in the Air Force Reserve to 1969. Before entering politics, Heinz was an assistant to Penna. GOP US Senator Hugh Scott and was an asst. campaign manager during Scott's re-election campaign. He then worked in the H. J. Heinz Co. financial and marketing division 1965-70, after which he became a professor of business at the Carnegie Mellon Univ.’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration. In 1971, after PA-18 US Rep Robert Corbett died in office, Heinz won the GOP primary and the special election, re-elected in 1972 & 1974. He opted in 1976 to run for the open Senate seat after incumbent Scott retired. He won and was re-elected in 1982 & 1988. In the Senate, he was a moderate-liberal Republican, member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Committee on Finance, the National Commission on Social Security Reform, the National Commission on Health Care Reform, the Northeast Coalition, and the Steel Caucus. He was chairman of the Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policies, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Republican Conference Task Force on Job Training and Education. He chaired the National Republican Senatorial Committee 1979-81 & 1985-87. On April 4, 1991, Heinz and 6 others were killed when a helicopter and a Piper Aerostar with Heinz aboard collided above an elementary School in Lower Merion Township. All aboard both aircraft, and 2 schoolchildren, were killed. After a funeral at Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh and a Washington memorial service attended by President G. H. W. Bush and VP Quayle, his remains were interred in the family mausoleum in Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill. In 1995, his widow Teresa married Senator and future Secretary of State John Kerry. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum (formerly the Tinicum Wildlife Preserve) was renamed in his honor. His family established the Heinz Awards in 1993, which honor individual innovation in 5 categories. An annual Jefferson Award for Public Service for "Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official" is named in his honor as are: the Senator H. John Heinz III Archives at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries; the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University; the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; the Senator John Heinz History Center; and the H. J. Heinz Campus of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. TLS on his 10 ˝ x 8 US Senate letterhead, Washington, February 1 1979, to Major General DeWitt C. Smith Jr., Commandant, US Army War College, Carlisle, Penna. Sen. Heinz sincerely apologizes for having to cancel their Jan. 26 meeting and apologizes for the inconvenience to General Smith’s schedule, adding with sad irony: “…I am sure you can appreciate some of the difficulties faced flying in inclement weather.” Heinz hopes to reschedule and has made plans to visit Carlisle on Feb. 15 at Dickinson College’s Memorial Hall which has again been reserved for them. DeWITT C. SMITH, JR. (1920-1985) US Army officer, former deputy Army Chief of Staff, twice (and longest-serving) Army War College commandant 1974 -77, 1978-80. In 1942, he joined the US Army and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, served with the 4th Armored Div. in combat after Normandy to the end of the War. He was wounded 3 times and awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, 3 Purple Hearts. Discharged in 1946, he returned to active duty for the Korean War and stayed in the military. He was an aide to Chief of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, served in the "Old Guard" at Fort Myer, and was a battalion executive officer and commander in Germany. He served at the Pentagon before going to the Army War College. He commanded a combat brigade of the 1st Infantry Div. in Vietnam. In 1970, under his leadership, Fort Carson, Colo. was made an initial test site for the modern volunteer Army concept. After his stints at the War College, he retired in 1980.

Condition: Very good, place, date and time marked in yellow highlighter, pencil docketing and initialed ink docket by General Smith indicating his acceptance.
Type:Letter






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