Former Ohio Congressman Chalmers Wylie, 77, Dies
Chalmers Pangburn Wylie, 77, an Ohio Republican who served in the House of Representatives from 1967 until retiring in 1993, died Aug. 14 at a hospital here. He was in a waiting room at the hospital, where he planned to have a routine eye exam, when he had a heart attack.
Mr. Wylie lived in Worthington, Ohio, when he was elected to represent a district around Ohio's state capital, Columbus. During his congressional years, he became known as a strong supporter of veterans' benefits, defense spending and a measure against flag desecration.
A banking expert, Mr. Wylie was the ranking Republican on the House Banking Committee. He was closely involved with the 1989 bailout of savings and loan associations, helping to retool President George Bush's plan so it would pass the opposition-controlled House.
In 1990, Mr. Wylie was an architect of the first major overhaul since 1974 of housing programs for the poor.
He retired at 71 by not seeking a 14th term in 1992, citing frustration as a Republican in a House then controlled by Democrats. "There is an ugliness in the House now which does not appeal to me," he said at the time.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett remembered Mr. Wylie as a steadying influence on the party.
"He was a conservative, but he wasn't a flame-thrower," Bennett said. "He was able to maintain his conservative principles while getting things done as a member of the minority."
Mr. Wylie, who was born in Norwich, Ohio, attended Otterbein College and Ohio State University and was a 1948 graduate of Harvard University law school. He served in the Army in France during World War II and later retired from the reserves as a lieutenant colonel.
Before entering Congress, he had practiced law and served as an assistant attorney general of Ohio, city attorney of Columbus and assistant to the governor of Ohio. He had served in the Ohio legislature from 1961 to 1967. After leaving Congress, he practiced law in Columbus.
Survivors include his wife and two children.
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