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He had a vision of the future that is shared by the Clinton Administration: helping the economy grow with science, technology, and environmental steward- ship so that growth can be sustainable in the long term.
Robert Kaplan, in his recent book, The Ends of the Earth: a Journey at the Dawn of the 21st Century, asks how we can achieve global survival in this changing world. He uses Sub-Saharan Africa as an example of a region that is
in a disastrous state: population growth, deforestation, civil wars, and general disintegration. Ron Brown knew that American prosperity ultimately depends on world prosperity, and that world problems must be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Ron Brown recently made a trip to Sub- Saharan Africa precisely for this reason: to see how American aid, both from the Government and from private industry, could help divert the region from its disastrous direction. He returned from that trip optimistic that the Federal— private partnership could make a real difference. I was with him in South
Kantor Named to Succeed Brown P resident Clinton named U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor to succeed Ron Brown as Secretary of the Department of Commerce. Kantor, who took office immediately upon being named, will still undergo Senate confirmation hearings.
Kantor, 56, was a friend of Brown’s, having accompanied him on many trade missions. He also served as the national chair of the Clinton/Gore ‘92 campaign while Brown was head of the Demo- cratic National Committee.
“[Ron Brown and I] stood shoulder to shoulder to make sure we grew jobs and raised standards of living, and did what the President said, and that is provide economic opportunity for every Ameri- can,” Kantor said on his nomination.
Former U.S. Trade Representiative and new Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor
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als. Moments of silence. Grief counseling. Call a familiar phone number, and you might get voice mail with what was now a sad, plaintive message. Hi! I’m not here right now.
Then, slowly, after the goodbyes and the grieving, in the autumn of our grief, the leaves in the Commerce building fell and disappeared. Notices of baby showers and training classes took their place. Flags were raised to full mast. A new
Secretary was named. The trees on 14th Street began to show their leaves.
But although some sense of normalcy has returned, we do not forget them.
This issue of NOAA Report is dedicated to Secretary Brown and our friends and colleagues, who showed us in death one of the essential truths of humanity— beyond our color, our gender, our background, career or appointee, manager or worker, Republican or Democrat.
When those close to us are taken, we hurt together, we grieve together, we mourn together. We are all, indeed, one family.
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Africa when we worked with the Vice President’s Binational Commission on similar issues; there we were developing new programs for fisheries and climate forecasting to help establish sustainable economic growth.
Ron Brown’s legacy will not be lost. We have set in place a methodology and set of programs that are addressing the major issues of our time. Much remains to be done, but the direction is there; as Emerson put it: “I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion of well-doing and daring.” Ron Brown, with his strong commitment to diversity, would have wanted this quotation to encompass all people, men and women, all races and creeds, but the sense of agreement that well-doing and daring are key elements to a viable world, is one that we all share.
It will take time to absorb the magnitude of the loss, and to rearrange our lives and organizations to account for the drastic changes. In time, we can hope to echo the words of the poet George Herbert:
And now in age I bud again After so many deaths, I live and write I once more smell the dew and rain And relish versing: O my only light It cannot be That I am he On whom thy tempests fell all night.
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