- Dick Celeste
Richard "Dick" Celeste circa 2000 64th Governor of Ohio In office
January 10, 1983 – January 14, 1991
Lieutenant Myrl Shoemaker (1983-1985)
Paul Leonard (1987-1991)
Preceded by Jim Rhodes Succeeded by George Voinovich 9th Director of the Peace Corps In office
President Jimmy Carter Preceded by Carolyn R. Payton Succeeded by Loret Miller Ruppe 55th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio In office
January 11, 1975 – January 1979
Governor Jim Rhodes Preceded by John W. Brown Succeeded by George Voinovich 19th United States Ambassador to India In office
November 10, 1998 – April 25, 2001
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by Frank G. Wisner Succeeded by Robert Blackwill Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 5th district
January 3, 1971-December 31, 1974
Preceded by Mark C. Schinnerer Succeeded by Francine Panehal Personal details Born November 11, 1937
Political party Democratic Spouse(s) Dagmar Braun Celeste
Children 7 Profession Teacher, public servant Religion Methodist
Early life and career
In 1959, Celeste was graduated magna cum laude from Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut). He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Celeste then received a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University (Oxford, England). There he met Dagmar Ingrid Braun, whom he married in Austria in 1962. After returning to the United States, Celeste served as staff liaison office in the Peace Corps and as special assistant to Chester Bowles, then United States Ambassador to India.
Celeste was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives from Cuyahoga County in 1970. His Ohio House District included western Cleveland and Lakewood, where his father Frank, had once served as mayor. He was subsequently elected the 55th Lieutenant Governor in 1974 (defeating Republican John W. Brown, serving under the Republican James A. Rhodes—at the time, Ohio's lieutenant governor was elected separately from the governor, so the victors could be of different parties). In 1978, Celeste ran for governor, but lost to incumbent Rhodes. President Carter appointed Celeste Director of the Peace Corps from 1979 to 1981, where he was responsible for programs in 53 countries.
Governor of Ohio
In 1982, Celeste defeated Attorney general William J. Brown in the primary, and then the Republican candidate Clarence J. "Bud" Brown Jr., to become governor of Ohio. It was the first time in Ohio history that a person with the surname Brown ever lost an election except for once when both candidates' last name was Brown. In 1986, Celeste was re-elected, defeating the Republican candidate, former governor James Rhodes who had served four prior terms (1962-70 and 1974-82). Thus Celeste served as governor of Ohio from 1983 to 1991. In 1988 he served as the Chairman of the Midwestern Governors Association.
As governor, Celeste increased support for human services, mental health & addiction recovery services, funding for education and children services including providing onsite daycare for state employees. Before the Celeste era Ohio ranked near the bottom among states in funding for these programs. Celeste and the Democratic-controlled legislature increased the state income tax by approximately 40% while also retaining a temporary tax of 50% instituted by the republican predecessors. Celeste is noted for opening many government positions to African Americans and women—he hired more women to cabinet positions than all previous governors combined. Celeste also allowed state employee unions to negotiate wages and benefits, rather than just working conditions. At the end of his last term he commuted several Ohio prisoners death sentences to life terms. Among them are Debra Brown's along with the sentences of most battered women serving sentences at Marysville state prison for killing their aggressors. He also commuted Donald Lee Maurer to life in prison. Maurer had been convicted of raping and killing his 8 year old Massillon neighbor Dawn Marie Hendershot in the early 1980's.
Under the Celestes, the Governor's art exhibits, chamber music concerts and First Lady's spiritual retreats and theology gatherings as well as Christmas and Hannukah parties for neighborhood kids became regular seasonal events. The Residence Gardens, especially the rose garden, one of the oldest in the nation, were reconstitued and The Friends of the Residence were formed, with Les Wexner as their first president, to help raise private funds to defray the cost of those improvements.
Celeste then established the consulting firm Celeste & Sabety Ltd. in Columbus. After he served as the director of the DNC's healthcare campaign in 1993, President Clinton appointed him as United States Ambassador to India, a position he served in from 1997 to 2001.
His brother, Theodore S. Celeste, successfully ran as a Democratic Party candidate for the Ohio House in 2006.
Celeste was inaugurated as the 12th President of Colorado College in 2002. Celeste is a member of the advisory board of the Roosevelt Institution, a student think tank. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Celeste, along with Thomas Kean who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, co-chairs the Homeland Security Project for The Century Foundation. He also sits on the board of the Independent Strategic Assessment Group, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), which is the military command over the USA established in the wake of the attacks of September 11. Celeste joined board of Directors of Glimcher Realty Trust in September 2007.
Celeste had six children (now grown) with his first wife, Dagmar. The couple divorced in 1995. Celeste is currently married to Jacqueline Lundquist. Celeste and Lundquist have one child, Samuel.
Richard Celeste has since retired as President of The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. He started serving as President in 2002, and will be replaced by, Jill Tiefenthaler, provost and economics professor at Wake Forest University. She will assume the position of President on July 1, 2011.
Political offices Preceded by
John W. Brown
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
1975 – 1979
James A. Rhodes
Governor of Ohio
1983 – 1991
Government offices Preceded by
Carolyn R. Payton
Director of the Peace Corps
1979 – 1981
Loret Miller Ruppe
Diplomatic posts Preceded by
Frank G. Wisner
United States Ambassador to India
1997 – 2001
Robert D. Blackwill
Academic offices Preceded by
President of Colorado College
United States Ambassadors to IndiaHenry F. Grady · Loy W. Henderson · Chester Bowles · George V. Allen · John Sherman Cooper · Ellsworth Bunker · John Kenneth Galbraith · Chester Bowles · Kenneth Keating · Daniel Patrick Moynihan · William B. Saxbe · Robert F. Goheen · Harry G. Barnes, Jr. · John Gunther Dean · John R. Hubbard · William Clark, Jr. · Thomas R. Pickering · Frank G. Wisner · Dick Celeste · Robert Blackwill · David Mulford · Timothy J. Roemer
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