Forum Communications, Published October 15 2012
George McGovern enters hospice care
The longtime former Mitchell resident is now at Dougherty Hospice
House in Sioux Falls, an Avera staffer confirmed Monday. She was not
sure when he was admitted or what his condition is.
He served in the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and was a U.S. senator
from 1963 to 1981. In 1972, McGovern was the Democratic nominee for
president. He was born in Avon, grew up in Mitchell and earned a
degree from Mitchell’s Dakota Wesleyan University.
The hospice is named for William “Bill” Dougherty, a Democrat who
served two terms as South Dakota’s lieutenant governor. Dougherty, who
died in 2010, was a friend and political ally of McGovern.