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By Corey Mitchell — March 15, 2016 1 min read

Nancy Reagan, the wife of President Ronald Reagan and the first lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989, died March 6. She was 94.

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As first lady, Mrs. Reagan devoted herself to promoting drug-education and -prevention programs, primarily her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign. By 1988, supporters had formed more than 12,000 “Just Say No” clubs, according to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. She criss crossed the country to host rallies, visit schools, and talk to children about the issue. She also addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October 1988, urging stronger international drug-trafficking laws.

Upon leaving the White House, Mrs. Reagan established a foundation to continue her anti-drug campaign.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2016 edition of Education Week as Obituary

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