Gus Yatron, 75, a Pennsylvania Democrat who represented the Reading area in the House of Representatives from 1969 until 1993, died March 13 at his daughter's home in Fairfax Station after an apparent heart attack. He lived in Reading but maintained a residence in Arlington.
Rep. Yatron was the third-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was chairman of the human rights and international organizations subcommittee.
He was known for speaking out on human rights issues affecting foreign policy during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.
In 1990, he called for "a policy which places America's commitment to human rights and democratic institutions above offending ruthless regimes, with which the administration is currently seeking favor."
He pressed for tough sanctions against China after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. There were limited sanctions from the Bush administration.
He did not run for reelection in 1992.
Born Constantine George Yatron in Reading, he was a 1950 graduate of what is now Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. During college, he was a professional heavyweight boxer.
In the 1950s and 1960s, he served on the Reading school board and was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate.
He was a former member of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington.
Survivors include his wife, Millie Menzies Yatron, whom he married in 1948, of Reading; two children, George Yatron of Reading and Theana Yatron Kastens of Fairfax Station; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.