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Adam Darling Confidential Assistant, Office of the Deputy Secretary

Duane Christian Security Officer, DOC

Ronald H. Brown Secretary of Commerce

NOAA Report / May 1996

Gail Dobert Deputy Director, Office of Business Liaison

Carol Hamilton Press Secretary, Office of Public Affairs

Kathryn Hoffman Special Assistant to the Secretary

Sharing Our Memories

In a NOAA-wide e-mail earlier this month, we asked you for your remembrances of Secretary Brown and those who died with him. Here are some excerpts from those responses:

I had the privilege to work closely with Naomi Warbasse. I will always remember her energy, and the trust she had in me to get the project done in a very short while.—Annita L. Wimbish

Steve Kaminski loved to sing, so it was not unusual to hear him singing as he got off the elevator on the 5th floor of the U.S Embassy

in Tokyo and enter the FCS office saying in a very upbeat way “Good morning everyone, what a great day.”—Ann Hennelly

Duane Christian was a courageous man. As a friend he transcended societal bounds of racism, economic class, rank and stature. He was a good friend who will forever serve as my model for fairness, truth, responsibility, and friendship.— Alan F. Brown

I had the honor of guiding Ron Brown on a tour of the Silver Spring campus in 1993. His devotion to the importance of a diverse workforce, his leadership through extremely difficult budgetary uncertainties, and his

President Clinton, with the Vice President, Mrs. Clinton and the Cabinet in attendance, speaks to Commerce employees at the Department’s auditorium the day of the tragedy, April 3.

(Left) President Clinton, the Brown family, Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Gore at Dover Air Force Base, as our friends and colleagues came home.

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