Watch: Schumer pays tribute to journalist and former classmate Robert Pear

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer mourned Washington journalism legend Robert Pear on the Senate floor Wednesday, May 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With “a heavy heart,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer paid tribute to Robert Pear, a longtime Washington journalist for The New York Times, who was also an undergraduate classmate of Schumer’s at Harvard.

“While everyone else in those days had long hair and wore bell-bottoms, Robert had a flat-top, was always studious, inquisitive, polite and very decent, earning him the nickname ‘the deacon,’” Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

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