Public send-off for late Sen. Harris Wofford set for Saturday in Washington

Pat Loeb
February 26, 2019 - 4:47 pm
15 February 2013 - Washington, DC - Harris Wofford, former Pennsylvania Sen., and former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, waits to receive his 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (KYW Newsradio) — A memorial is set for Saturday in honor of Pennsylvania's former labor secretary and U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford at Wofford's alma mater, Howard University, in Washington, D.C. 

Wofford died on Jan. 21, but it took some time to plan the proper public send-off.

His son, Dan, says it will be a celebration.

"We're hoping to laugh and sing and remember him for all the interesting, and sometimes crazy, things he did," he said. 

The tribute will include a short segment from a documentary still in progress called "Slightly Mad," after this description from Bobby Kennedy. 

"Harris Wofford was very emotionally involved in all of these matters and in some areas, was a slight madman," Kennedy said of Wofford.    

There will also be speakers including Gov. Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, Andrew Young, and Bill Clinton has sent a video message. 

Ninth Circuit Judge Ted McKee will preside at the memorial. 

"I think Harris would want to be part of a party like this and celebrate," McKee said. 

Dan Wofford says the only thing his father ever mentioned wanting at his memorial is the Battle Hymn of the Republic, so that will be the finale.

The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Cramton Auditorium on Howard's main campus.