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floor of the Senate, that we need brought to public service, and that was a commitment to freedom, a commitment to personal freedom, a commitment to economic freedom, religious freedom.

He was a committed servant for the people of North Carolina and I think the people of this country. He certainly will be missed on the floor of the Senate. Very tragic in his death, but I think it reminds us that we are all frail and that we are all human. We will certainly miss the person, the man, the friend, the colleague, the Senator, JOHN East, and the commitment that he has brought to the U.S. Senate.

To the East family, to Sis and her daughters, we extend our sympathy, our compassion, our love, and our prayers. We pray that God will give them the comfort and the strength that they need in this most difficult of times.

Mr. DENTON. Without fanfare and without adequate public recognition, John East forged a monument of achievement amid handicap and adversity. That monument of example is finally receiving reverent acknowledgment today.

Most men can but owe much of their lifetime's success to their wives. JOHN was married to a lady of beauty and inner strength, who was his constant companion, whom my wife and I came to know as "Sis." I am grateful that she is here this morning

As the former Priscilla Sherk, she met John while they were both at Earlham College where John pursued a B.A. in political science. While an undergraduate at Earlham College, JOHN played tackle on the football team and was a member of the debating team. John then joined the U.S. Marines where he served as a lieutenant.

Twenty-two days after being discharged from the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, John East contracted polio. But polio failed to stop him from leading a remarkably fruitful life. It seemed to accelerate him. He earned a law degree from the University of Illinois, practicing law in Florida for one year. He then earned his master's degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Florida before joining the faculty of East Carolina University in July 1984.

At East Carolina University, JOHN was a very popular professor where he taught political science with such enthusiasm that thousands of his students would go away with a new appreciation of American Government and that Government's priceless principles. He was a very, very popular professor. The great legacy of his teaching lies in the ideals that he instilled in so many young minds and hearts. Many of his students are now involved in government and politics in Washington and elsewhere and tell stories of how John cared as a professor and practiced with great zeal, taking the pains, the time, the personal attention with them to have lunch with them in his office, often to explain some point that they, as young students, had overlooked in their studies. The consistent message that John East brought to the classroom was the same that he brought to the Senate: serve, and in serving, apply moral courage reinforced by imagination and intellectual power.

I think not one of us in this body has taught moral courage by example more than John East. No one has been more involved in politics. He was active in politics as a youth. He served as the State Republican Party's national committeeman, was a delegate to the 1976 Republican National Convention, where he served on the platform committee and then was reelected national committeeman in 1980 and 1984.

He twice received East Carolina's “Excellence in Teaching Award." He was also an excellent political author. His doctoral dissertation, “Council Manager Government: The Political Thought of Its Founder, Richard S. Childs," was published as a book by the University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill. John also wrote a book that he finished just before his death that will be published this summer entitled, “The American Conservative Movement: The Philosophy Founders.” Its chapters, written with much care, were published over the years in the quarterly journal Modern Age.

As I mentioned, John, in the Senate, again demonstrated his moral courage as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I observed him in our meetings there. He was always a man you could count on to apply his judgment with integrity, expressed with eloquence and extraordinary courage. He did not bend with the winds of perceived popularity. He stood with what he believed to be right.

I also served with JOHN East on the Armed Services Committee, chaired by the most distinguished chairman of that committee, who is now in the chair as presiding officer, Senator Goldwater. The chairman and I know that he was one of the strongest voices for providing a sound and effective defense for our country. JOHN could always be relied upon to resist the popular trend, the temptation to “bash the Pentagon,” of trying to balance the budget on the back of defense. He stood and voted for what he believed to be right, even when it was unpopular.

Mr. President, I cannot relate the deep levels of confiding which John blessed me with in private conversation, but I can say I was inspired and I am grateful.

Mr. President, I shall miss JOHN East in the Senate. His colleagues will miss him. His State will miss him and the country will miss him. I am not sure that any of those who will miss him realize how much at this point in time.

Mr. President, it is always sad when this body suffers the untimely loss of one of its Members. This case is no exception. But I am confident that John and his family would prefer that rather than mourning his absence, we remember him with pride and friendship. That is what I shall do, and I am sure that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will do so.

Mr. DODD. Mr. President, our normally happy return to Washington is marred by the knowledge that one of our colleagues, John P. East of North Carolina, will not return with us. John East was a scholar, a family man, and a dedicated public servant. His accomplishments seem all the more remarkable when we consider the disability he endured and overcame. We in the Senate are saddened by his passing, and I would like to extend my sympathy and condolences to his family and friends on this painful occasion.

In the 542 short years that I had the privilege of serving with John East in the Senate, I knew him to be a hard worker, a generous and compassionate man, and a unfailing advocate of his ideals. John East demanded so much from himself on a day-to-day basis in his dedication and commitment to public service.

JOHN EAST was a model of tirelessness and selflessness. By his example, he taught us that a person who is physically challenged, as he was by polio, can rise to that challenge by virtue of personal courage and fortitude. He also taught us about personal sacrifice for public service. Although I disagreed with him on many issues, I admired the Senator from North Carolina for his forthrightness and his persistence, and I only hope that I am as forceful an advocate for my ideals as he was for his. We will miss our colleague, the Honorable John P. EAST of North Carolina.

Mr. DECONCINI. Mr. President, the death of Senator JOHN East has saddened me and left a void that will not be easily filled in this Chamber. John East was a man of great integrity and scholarship. He was a man of keen intellect who was equally at ease with a discussion of philosophy, trade policy, or agriculture. Many were the time when Senator East and I were at meetings of the Judiciary Committee when he would undertake an explanation of his position; these explanations, always given off the cuff and without notes, were always erudite, thorough, and an exquisite explication of the point of view he was advocating. I may or may not have agreed with the point being made, but I was always in awe of Senator East for the elegance and precision with which he addressed an issue.

In addition to his obvious intellectual powers, JOHN was a man of compassion and courage. We all are familiar with the health problems that plagued him. He never complained; he did his best to overcome these difficulties. His kindness and decency were never questioned. He devoted a great deal of his Senate career to championing the cause of the unborn and the pro-life movement. This was an issue of enormous controversy, but Senator East never waivered in his quest to do what he thought was right.

This body will miss the voice of the philosopher Senator and I will miss him personally. I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife, Priscilla, and other members of his family.

Mr. PACKWOOD. Mr. President, I join my colleagues at this moment to honor and remember the Honorable John P. East. Senator East overcame physical handicaps to become a scholar, teacher, and a respected statesman.

After contracting polio in 1955, he went on to earn three degrees. In 1959 he received his law degree, and within the following 5 years he had earned both his master's degree and his doctorate degree. After a long and successful teaching career Senator East began his term in the Senate.

During our time together in the Senate, JOHN East never ceased to be a gentleman, even when we were on opposite sides of an issue. He presented a scholarly, well-organized approach to his arguments. For this reason he was respected in the Senate, and we will all miss him.

I wish to extend my sympathy to the family of Senator EAST, especially to his wife and two daughters; and to assure them that he will be remembered for the man he was: Pleasant, dedicated, and courageous.

Mr. ROTH. Mr. President, today I wish to join my many distinguished colleagues in paying tribute to Senator JOHN PORTER EAST, a man whose strength of conviction and inner resolve complemented this honorable body and served as an example to each of us.

The great English statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, once wrote that life is too short to be little, and today I would like to take


this thought one step further and add that the majesty of a life is measured not by its length but by its accomplishment. In this regard, Senator East lived a life fulfilled.

From the time he came to the floor of the Senate in 1981, his death only 3 weeks ago, Senator East represented the people of North Carolina, never waivering from their best interests and common well-being, and he proudly carried the philosophy and banner of his political party.

His education and professional background as a professor, attorney, and writer, prepared him well for the service he rendered in this Chamber. His optimism and friendly disposition marked his personality and made him a pleasure to work with.

At this time, as we pay tribute to Senator East, I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity I've had to work with him, and I would like to express my condolence and support for his fine family who supported him as he supported

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Mr. MCCONNELL. Mr. President, I rise at this time to join my Senate colleagues in memory of our distinguished friend and colleague from North Carolina, John PORTER East. During my brief time as a Member of this body, I had not only the opportunity to work with Senator East, but also the pleasure of knowing and learning from one of the most dedicated men I have encountered in my life.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I worked closely with Senator East, and there discovered a depth of commitment which made me proud to be a Member of this body. Certainly, as many of my colleagues have remarked, Senator East demonstrated a combination of strength, dedication, partiotism, and intellect that is matched by few and admired by many. Despite his health, he maintained an unflinching commitment to his fellow human beings. An extremely hard worker, he placed his own well being below service to his job, his constituents, and his country. His genuine care for the unborn child, his concern over the security of our Nation, and his devotion to education should serve as examples to us all.

Whether on the floor of the Senate, in committee, or in the classroom, Senator East presented a model of character and a source of inspiration for us all. There is no doubt that we will miss the tireless efforts of our colleague, but even more, we will mourn the absence of his company and the loss of a trusted friend.

Mr. President, it is sad that people often fail to see the worth of life until confronted with death. Yet at this time I

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