James Charles Corman – Captain, United States Marine Corps Member of Congress

Funeral services for former San Fernando Valley Rep. James C. Corman will be held Wednesday in Virginia. Corman died December 30, 2000, after suffering a stroke.

Corman, a Democrat, represented the 21st Congressional District from 1961 to 1981, championing civil rights and welfare reform legislation.  After his defeat by Republican Bobbie Fiedler, Corman donated his congressional files to the Urban Archives Center for faculty, student and public research at Cal State Northridge.

The Corman family has asked that memorial donations on behalf of Corman be made to the center.  The money will be used to complete the indexing and preservation of Corman's papers, said Tony Gardner, curator of special collections at the center. Checks made out to the CSUN Foundation, with a note indicating “Corman Gift,” may be mailed to: Urban Archives Center, University Library-CSUN, 1811 Nordhoff St., CA 91330-8329.

The funeral, with internment to follow, will be at 9 a.m. in Ft. Meyer Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial service in the Valley is planned for late February.

CORMAN, James Charles, a Representative from California; born in Galena,Cherokee County, Kansas, October 20, 1920; moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, in 1933; attended the public schools of Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1942, and from the University of Southern California Law School in 1948; served as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps with the Third Marine Division, 1942-1946, and was in the Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima actions; also served in the United States Marine Corps, 1950-1952; was admitted to the bar in 1949 and engaged in the practice of law in Van Nuys, Calif.; member of Los Angeles city council, 1957-1960; member, President’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 1967-1968; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-seventh and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; died on December 30, 2000 in Arlington, Va.; internment at Arlington National Cemetery.

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