Rep. Tom Lantos, IRC board member and overseer, dies at 80
George Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee, hailed Rep. Lantos’s achievements:
“Tom Lantos was a staunch defender of human rights the world over. He fought vigorously for the cause of freedom and was a particularly effective advocate for refugees who fled religious, political or ethnic persecution. The International Rescue Committee is proud to have had him as a member of our board of directors from 1989 to 2004 and as an IRC overseer for the last four years. ”
Rep. Lantos had represented the Bay Area of California in Congress since 1981. He was the founding co-chairman of the 24-year-old Congressional Human Rights Caucus, which his wife, Annette, directed as a volunteer since its inception.
He is survived, in addition to his wife, by their two daughters, Annette and Katrina, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.