A Sad Day for Many Who Knew, Admired and Was Inspired by Bob Edgar

posted on: April 23, 2013

By Yna C. Moore

NCRP is saddened by the untimely passing of Bob Edgar, president and CEO of Common Cause and a member of NCRP’s board of directors.

Our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.

From our press release:

“Bob was a warrior for social justice and democracy, and a fearless truth-teller,” said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP. “He will continue to be an inspiration for many of us working to help our country live up to its highest aspirations.”

Bob Edgar represented the 7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 consecutive years beginning in 1974. He was known as a member of the congressional class nicknamed “Watergate Babies,” who led sweeping reforms in congress. He also led the National Council of Churches before joining Common Cause in 2007.

“Bob’s strong advocacy voice will be sorely missed. He was truly one of the few nonprofit leaders who had the courage to challenge both politicians and institutional leaders in our society,” said Pablo Eisenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and fellow board member of NCRP.  “His leadership at Common Cause vaulted the organization into one of the sector’s truly outstanding watchdog groups.”

Bob Edgar joined NCRP’s board of directors in 2008 and was currently serving as a member of its finance committee. He was also treasurer for a portion of his tenure.

“We are truly grateful that Bob Edgar served on NCRP’s board. He was relentless in his work to clean up money in politics, but also to ensure that philanthropy benefited the underserved and marginalized, “said Diane Feeney, chairwoman of NCRP’s Board of Directors.  “We will miss him sorely.  Our thoughts are with his family.”

Visit  Common Cause’s Facebook page for updates regarding a memorial service.

Yna C. Moore is communications director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).