Robert Shamansky, ex-congressman from Ohio, dies

Posted Aug. 15, 2011, at 8:49 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former U.S. Rep. Robert Shamansky has died at his Ohio home at age 84.

Epstein Memorial Chapel says he died last week in Bexley, an affluent suburb of Columbus. It hasn’t disclosed the cause of his death.

Shamansky was a congressman from 1981 to 1983. He was an attorney who resumed practicing law after he lost re-election to John Kasich (KAY’-sik), now Ohio’s governor.

The Democrat also unsuccessfully ran for a House seat in 1966 and 2006.

Shamansky was born in Columbus and graduated from Ohio State University in 1947 and Harvard Law School in 1950.

He served as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps of the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952.

A funeral is set for Wednesday. Kasich has ordered flags on state-owned property in Franklin County be flown at half-staff that day.

Former Md. Delegate Kenneth Webster dies at 76

BALTIMORE — Former Delegate Kenneth L. Webster, who authored legislation to make Maryland the second state to recognize the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a holiday in 1974, has died. He was 76.

His wife, Phoebe, says her husband died Saturday morning of kidney failure at a Baltimore hospital. The Baltimore Democrat and former Air Force veteran of the Korean War was a state delegate from 1970 to 1978.

Carl O. Snowden, the director for civil rights in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, says long after Webster left public office, he continued to champion racial equality and the poor, organizing demonstrations at the state capital. He also worked to preserve King’s memory in the state.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.

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