Who is Dick Lamm's wife? Longest serving former Colorado governor dies at 85

Who is Dick Lamm's wife? Longest serving former Colorado governor dies at 85
Dick Lamm served a governor from 1975 to 1987 (Twitter)

Colorado's former Governor Dick Lamm died on Thursday evening, July 29. He was 85 years old. The former governor died surrounded by his family a week before his 86th birthday.

Dick Lamm's wife Dottie Lamm confirmed the news of his demise in a statement on Friday, July 30. According to reports, Lamm died of complications from a pulmonary embolism. It is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot. In similar news, on June 13, Mississippi state representative Ashley Henley was found dead under mysterious circumstances. In another news, former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge suffered a stroke at his home in Bethesda on June 16. Back in May, megadonor Foster Friess died after a long battle with cancer


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Dottie wrote in a statement, "With great sadness, but also gratitude for a life well lived and in service to his beloved Colorado, I want to share the news of the death of my husband, former Governor Richard D Lamm." The statement further added, "He would have turned 86 next Tuesday but passed away yesterday evening surrounded by his family, following complications from a pulmonary embolism earlier in the week."

Lamm served as a governor from 1975 to 1987. He was one of the longest-serving governors in the state’s history. He was famously known for being the force behind Colorado's rejection of the 1976 Olympics. Again in 2018, citing environmental and financial concerns, Lamm campaigned against bringing the games to Colorado. Before entering politics, Lamm served in the US military. In 1966, he was elected as a state representative, a position he held until 1974. According to Denver Post, Lamm helped pass the nation's first abortion law during his time in the legislature.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis also released a statement on Lamm's death that said, "I’m very saddened to hear about the passing of former Governor Dick Lamm and send my condolences to Dottie and his entire family. I thank Governor Lamm for his service to the state of Colorado both as Governor and his many years teaching. Gov Lamm took on tough issues, and he never shied away from civil political discourse and embraced collaboration. Gov Lamm’s legacy and leadership will be remembered in our state’s history as well as his work to make Colorado an even more amazing place."

Former First Lady of Colorado Dottie Lamm (Jason Bahr/Getty Images for The Women's Foundation of Colorado)

Who is Dick Lamm's wife?

Colorado's former first lady and Dick Lamm's wife, Dottie Lamm, 84, is a women's rights activist, educator, author and speaker. She is the author of three books and wrote a weekly column for The Denver Post from 1979 to 1996. Dottie Lamm was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 1985. During her term as Colorado's first lady, Dottie worked for the advancement of issues such as reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work and child care. She also chaired the Governor's Task Force on Children and served as a member of the Colorado Commission on Women from 1976 to 1977. Dottie was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy in 1983. She was named a member of the official United States delegation to the 1994 United Nations Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo, by then-president, Bill Clinton.

Dottie and Dick got married in 1963 and have a son and a daughter together. 

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