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Maureen Elizabeth Reagan|
January 4, 1941
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
August 8, 2001 (aged 60)|
Granite Bay, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Sacramento, California|
Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (January 4, 1941 – August 8, 2001) was the first child of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his first wife, actress Jane Wyman. Her brother was Michael Reagan and her notable siblings were Patti Davis and Ron Reagan, from her father's second marriage to Nancy Davis.
Reagan was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from Marymount Secondary School, Tarrytown, New York in 1958 and briefly attended Marymount University. Her parents also had another daughter, Christine, who died shortly after birth.
Reagan spoke on behalf of Republican candidates throughout the country, including twenty appearances alone in 1967 for unsuccessful Mississippi gubernatorial nominee, Rubel Phillips, a former segregationist who ran that year on a platform of racial moderation.
Reagan was the first son or daughter of a President to be elected cochair of the Republican National Committee. However, both of her attempts at election to political office ended in defeat. She ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate from California in 1982 (which was eventually won by Pete Wilson) and in 1992 for California's 36th congressional district.:77–78
Although they maintained a united front, Maureen Reagan differed from her father on several key issues. Although reared Roman Catholic following her mother's conversion, she was pro-choice on abortion.:77 She also held the belief that Oliver North should have been court-martialed.
After her father announced his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in 1994, Maureen Reagan became a member of the Alzheimer's Association board of directors and served as the group's spokeswoman. While hospitalized for melanoma cancer towards the end of her life, Maureen was only floors away from her father who had suffered a severe fall.
In 1960, Maureen's by-then divorced parents became concerned about her. Ronald Reagan used his connections at the FBI − established during his work as an anti-communist informant − to request the agency to investigate her romantic life. The agency did so on condition that the FBI not be cited as a source, and reported that she was living with an older married police officer.
Maureen Reagan was married three times:
Reagan volunteered with actor David Hyde Pierce, of TV's Frasier, at the Alzheimer's Association. At her funeral on August 19, 2001, Pierce spoke to the gathering at Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California, and recalled his friend's tireless devotion to fighting the mind-robbing illness. "When she was given lemons, she did not make lemonade. She took the lemons, threw them back and said, 'Oh, no you don't.'"
A Fall Lands Ronald Reagan in the Same Hospital as His Cancer-Stricken Daughter
A bill for the relief of Rita Mirembe Revell (a.k.a. Margaret Rita Mirembe).