I knew Carol in her role as executive secretary to Mark McClellan when he was FDA Commissioner. But she had served other Commissioners before him. She represented the Commissioner, the Office of the Commissioner, and the FDA to a wide variety of people both inside and outside of government, regardless of political affiliation, nationality, or degree of scientific standing with something so crucial, yet so lacking in so much of Washington, DC today. Class.
Those who knew her and worked along side her know what I mean. She helped keep us focused, keep our perspective, keep us on schedule and, on many occasions, keep our sanity.
When she became ill her friends and colleagues hoped publicly and wept privately.
Today, we weep publicly.
Carol, thanks for all the small favors, for loyalty and honesty, for precision and professionalism. And thanks for your friendship.
I miss you.