March 6, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C., MAR. 6, 2016 – Leaders of The Heritage Foundation today paid tribute to former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who died at the age of 94.
Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint: “She was a wonderful example of the grace and strength exhibited by so many of the greatest generation.”
Added Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General and Heritage's Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow: “Nancy Reagan was a good friend. Her devotion to her husband was an important factor in his success as Governor of California and as President. Her leadership in the campaign to prevent drug abuse in the 1980s was a significant element in achieving a major reduction in illegal drug use by young people during that decade. ”
Heritage Founder Edwin Feulner, Ph.D, recalled her leadership in another area. “I first met then former governor Reagan and Mrs. Reagan in 1977, and remained in close contact through the years. To her husband, she was more than a helpmate; she was his soulmate—always at his side, always supportive and always protective of him and, later, of his legacy.”
“Later in life, when President Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the Reagans together decided to announce his condition, a step which provided some comfort to many. She became an unofficial spokesperson for those dealing with Alzheimer’s while she took care of ‘Ronnie.’ She worked tirelessly in support of finding the cause.”