Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today issued a statement, following the passing of State Representative Robert Godshall:
“I was deeply saddened last night to learn of the passing of State Representative Robert Godshall. Bob spent nearly 40 years in public service as a state representative, but to me, and to so many others, he was far more than that.
“As the first President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, I was recruited to lead a very impressive building—on paper—and a project drowning in red ink. There were very large and well-founded doubts about whether we could build this testament to our founding document.
“We did get it built, in no small part due to Bob Godshall. As Chairman of the House Recreation and Tourism Committee, Bob saw the potential of this project, and he saw the need for it and worked to fund it. Over the course of his career, he was a champion for our commonwealth, ensuring that tourists came to see our cities and farms, our museums and mountains.
“Bob served on our Board of Trustees at the National Constitution Center, and I later served with him on the board of our State Employees’ Retirement System. He was generous with his time and attention in every project he undertook, and was always a pleasure to work with. I share the feelings of so many of the constituents and colleagues he served, and served with, in missing him. His work was an exhibit in how to serve the public, and a model for what we should demand more of in our future.”
Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella