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Reagan Has Quiet 91st Birthday

Wednesday, 06 February 2002 12:00 AM

Reagan, the longest-living president in U.S. history, could not join in the festivities in Simi Valley because of his Alzheimer's disease, which has kept him out of the public eye and largely restricted him to his Bel Air estate in recent years.

A family spokeswoman said Reagan and his wife, Nancy, observed the occasion quietly at home. A crowd of people, including pupils on a field trip from a nearby elementary school, paid their respects at the library.

Mark Burson, the executive director of the Reagan library, said the 40th president's legacy was stronger than ever as President Bush, the son of Reagan's vice president, works to lower taxes and project U.S. power to the far corners of the globe.

"Even today, a case can be made that Ronald Reagan is more powerful, more influential and more meaningful to public life and social understanding than when he was president," Burson said.

In Washington, Bush signed a bill making Reagan's childhood home in Dixon, Ill., a national historic site.

Reagan suffered a broken hip that required surgery early last year and endured the death of his daughter, Maureen, who died of cancer in August.

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