NEW YORK — Tom Mathews, a spokesman, strategist, and fund-raiser for liberal causes and candidates for more than three decades, from the Peace Corps to John B. Anderson’s presidential campaign, died on Oct. 14 at his home in Waterford, Va. He was 96.
With his partners at Craver, Mathews, Smith & Co., direct-mail specialists in Reston, Va., Mr. Mathews had raised, since 1970, millions of dollars to nurture both grass-roots groups and more established organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Emily’s List, Greenpeace, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Wilderness Society.
During the Kennedy administration he was the first information director of the Peace Corps and a deputy secretary of state for congressional affairs. He also served as the Washington-based spokesman for Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1968.
In 1980, Mr. Mathews recruited the media expert David Garth to manage Anderson’s independent presidential campaign and served as the candidate’s traveling press secretary. Anderson, a Republican congressman from Illinois, ran as an independent, losing to Ronald Reagan.
To the press corps traveling with Anderson, he was known as Sancho, a nod to what reporters considered the candidate’s quixotic campaign.
Before joining the Kennedy administration, Mr. Mathews was a reporter and editor in Salt Lake City and San Francisco.
Here in New England, there are several contests that promise to be highly entertaining and worth watching.Continue reading »
The MBTA has a solution to speed up buses carrying tens of thousands of commuters each day: their own lanes.Continue reading »
Leo called it “blast day.” His father had taken him in his stroller to see his mother run her first marathon. They were at the finish line when a bomb went off.Continue reading »
Educators expect President Trump’s targeted travel bans and anti-immigrant rhetoric to exacerbate the trend.Continue reading »
Four Department of Environmental Protection contract employees have filed a class-action lawsuit.Continue reading »
A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public.Continue reading »
You can’t really call it a a homecoming for Grace Regan because she never left.Continue reading »
An early morning fire burned through the attic of a cottage at Chatham Bars Inn Friday, causing around $200,000 in damage.Continue reading »
A Newton woman posted a photo of a coyote she spotted to warn her neighbors about the dangers of the wild animals.Continue reading »