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Former Gov. Scranton Remembered for ‘Signature’ Event in College History


A pen used by then-Gov. William W. Scranton to sign the Community College Act is archived in Penn College's Madigan Library.
A pen used by then-Gov. William W. Scranton to sign the Community College Act is archived in Penn College’s Madigan Library.

Wednesday’s memorial service for former Pennsylvania Gov. William W. Scranton, who died July 28 at age 96, recalls his key involvement in the birth of Williamsport Area Community College nearly 50 years ago. The 38th governor of the commonwealth (1963-67), he signed the legislation that created Penn College’s immediate predecessor in late October 1965, presenting President Kenneth E. Carl with a pen used during that Harrisburg ceremony. The pen is housed in the college archives on the third floor of Madigan Library – and was photographed for “Marketing With a Mission,” the soon-to-be-published third volume in the college’s Centennial series.

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