In Memoriam: Senator Joseph Tydings ‘53

Senator Joseph Tydings Old Picture

The Maryland Carey Law community mourns the passing of Senator Joseph D. Tydings ’53 at the age of 90 on October 8, 2018.

The impact from Senator Tydings’s long and storied career can still be felt in Maryland today.

Among his many highlights and accomplishments are:

  • Member, Maryland House of Delegates, 1955-61
  • US Attorney for the District of Maryland, 1961-63
  • major force in combatting political corruption as US Attorney
  • US Senator 1965-71
  • argued Eisenstadt v. Baird, legalizing birth control for single persons
  • lobbied zealously for environmental protections for the Chesapeake Bay
  • influential in the creation of the University of Maryland Medical System

Sentiments honoring Senator Tydings have been pouring in from all across the political spectrum.

Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted, “Joe Tydings and I were both inspired by JFK & RFK and their call to service. In the Senate, he lived up to their example with an ironclad commitment to fight the abuse of power and work to ensure that every American gets a fair shot. Joe made America better—he will be missed.”

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan added, “The First Lady and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Senator Joseph Tydings. In his many years serving Marylanders, Senator Tydings made an undeniable impact on our state's history and future. Please join us in praying for his family.”

Alexandra Tydings, his daughter, announced via twitter a celebration of Senator Tyding’s life at the University of Maryland Chapel on November 10.

Obituaries for Senator Tydings can be found in the Baltimore Sun or the Washington Post.

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