WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014—Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Heritage Founder Edwin J. Feulner today issued the following statement on the death of newspaper publisher Richard Scaife:
Richard Scaife dedicated his adult life to the conservative cause. Heritage is especially indebted to him for his years of leadership and service as vice chairman of our board of directors.
Dick was a generous patriot and a true bastion of civil society. One of Pittsburgh’s leading philanthropists, he was happy to advance causes that he knew to be important, political or not. He remained dedicated to historic preservation, civic development and education in his home state of Pennsylvania. His ownership and guidance of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, as well as his local radio stations, provided Western Pennsylvania with a refreshingly clear alternative to the biases of the liberal mainstream media.
As one of The Heritage Foundation’s three original financial backers, Dick Scaife was instrumental in creating a new breed of public policy institute in Washington that many deemed “risky,” even “ill conceived.” But he was a man of vision as well as conviction.
Dick’s steadfast support since 1973 allowed Heritage to become not only a permanent institution in Washington, but a permanent player in the public debate. In no small part because of his initial investment and confidence in the idea of a “conservative think tank,” Heritage more than ever is home to a resolute purpose: to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish.