Mourners honored Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll today at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Knoll died earlier this month following a four-month battle with neuroendocrine cancer. Her son, Charles Albert Knoll, says her death came much more quickly than anyone expected. He says his mother had talked about running for governor in 2010. Barring that, he says she wanted to go to law school. Charles Knoll says his family has received countless letters and e-mails wishing them well, including one from President-elect Barack Obama.
Governor Ed Rendell says many people know the accomplishments of Pennsylvania's first-ever female lieutenant governor. As treasurer, Knoll began the Tuition Assistance Program. But Rendell says many people don't know that Knoll started many TAP accounts herself by donating funds for children across the state.