Faith Whittlesey remembered as once highest ranking woman in White House

Whittlesey, who served as Reagan's chief public liaison, dies at 79

Larry Kane
May 27, 2018 - 3:49 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A significant molder of history, who traveled from the state legislature all the way to the White House, died May 21 at the age of 79.

Faith Whittlesey was a patriot; a Kennedy-liberal-turned-Reagan-conservative, she loved America and its independent streak. 

In the Pennsylvania House or the White House, fellow Republicans and Democrats admired Whittlesey.

When people think of the battle for women's rights, they mostly think about Democrats. But in the 1980s, Whittlesey broke through the thickest of glass ceilings, becoming the highest ranking women in the West Wing as President Ronald Reagan's chief public liaison, advancing all of his causes until later being appointed as ambassador to Switzerland. 

She was engaging and could reach bipartisan solutions without compromising her conservative agenda. She had a full understanding of reaching across the aisle to get things done. 

She despised any lack of civility and was the master of her now destiny.

Always a pleasure to cover, back in 1985, she predicted to this reporter that Reagan would be viewed as one of the greatest presidents ever.