Louis Stokes, LLD, FAAN, died on August 18, at 90 years old in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a Honorary Fellow of the Academy. As a former Congressman, Louis Stokes lead an iconic career in public life which assures him a place as one of the most revered, respected and powerful figures in Cleveland history.
The older brother of former Mayor Carl B. Stokes had an aggressive form of cancer, diagnosed in late June.
A proud, personable and gracious man whose dress and manner exuded dignity, Stokes never wanted to be a politician, aspiring instead to become Cleveland's leading black lawyer.
But the reluctant officeholder who came to Congress in 1969 left it 30 years later as a towering political figure both in Washington and at home.
Mayor Frank Jackson was one of dozens to publicly mourn the death of his longtime friend.
"Congressman Louis Stokes' long career in public life was a model of how to serve with dignity, integrity and honor," Jackson said. "His service paved the way for many who would follow in both public and private careers. I know full well that, but for him, I would have never had the opportunity to become mayor." Read more.