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May 1996 / NOAA Report

Stephen Kaminski Senior Commercial Service Officer, US&FCS

Kathryn Kellogg Confidential Assistant, Office of Business Liaison

Charles F. Meissner Assistant Secretary for International Economic Policy

unfailing reminders of the value of our work will be long remembered.—Donna Marino

I met Ron Brown last year during the NOAA Fish Fry. He had two plates of food in his hands, but he still had time to nod and say hello and a few words. After greeting a few more people, he proceeded to tear up his food. This is how I would like to remember him—a man who could eat, but also took care of business.—Serene White

July 21, 1994: On that day, Ron Brown boldly required DOC leadership at the highest level to personally commit to valuing diversity for all of

our employees by, among other things, adding a separate critical element for diversity manage- ment in their evaluation plans. This act of courage did more for furthering the goals of true EEO in the Federal government than anything else I experienced in my 15 years as an African American Program Manager.—Bill Isabel

I am sure that those also were on the plane with the Secretary shared the same trials and tribulations of all Federal workers, including being categorized as “non- essential” during the trying furlough periods.The only thing non-essential was their death. —Russell Wanek

The casket of Secretary Brown is brought into the Commerce Department lobby to lie in repose for two days. Thousands of mourners lined up outside the building, even in the middle of the night, to say their final goodbyes.

(Right) Secretary Brown’s casket lying in repose in the Commerce Department lobby, atop the same pedestal used for President Lincoln’s funeral in 1865.


William Morton Deputy Asst. Secretary ITA

Lawrence Payne Special Assistant, Office of Domestic Operations, US&FCS

Naomi Warbasse Deputy Directo , C. & E. Europe Business Info. Cente , ITA

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