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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman David Cicilline (1st Congressional District of Rhode Island)

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement this morning:

“The American arts and higher education communities have lost a giant. Roger Mandle was a passionate advocate for art and design. I was privileged to get to know and work with him during his time at RISD. He was an extraordinary man, and a great civic leader in Providence. As the longest tenured president in RISD’s history, he ensured that Rhode Island remained home to the top arts and design school in the world. Equally important, he believed deeply and understood fully the important role of great universities and colleges in the success of cities. He will be deeply missed.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Gayle, and their entire family.”