The University of Findlay is mourning the recent death of former U.S. Rep. Delbert L. Latta.
Latta, a McComb native, had attended what was then Findlay College for two years before transferring to Ohio Northern University and receiving his undergraduate and law degrees. Latta received an honorary doctorate in laws from the University of Findlay in 1988. He also spoke at two commencement ceremonies.
The former congressman died on May 12 in Bowling Green, Ohio. He had served in the Ohio National Guard, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1952, while practicing law and teaching at ONU, he successfully ran for the Ohio Senate. After three, two-year terms at the statehouse, he became a member of the U.S. Congress, where he represented constituents for 15 terms.
Two of Latta’s legislation legacies were the 1981 Gramm-Latta Budget Bill and the 1982 Latta- Michel Bill, both of which served as key economic influencers during President Ronald Reagan’s terms.
The family requests that memorial tributes honoring Del Latta’s life of service be made to one of three universities, including the University of Findlay, and to the McComb Church of Christ.