Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Partnership Mourns Passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy

Statement from Robert J. Gould, President/CEO, Partnership for Prevention:

Senator Kennedy’s passing is an inestimable loss to government, to history and to the cause of health reform. A summary of his accomplishments shows that every piece of major health care legislation passed over the last four decades has borne his imprint. His lifelong devotion to the cause of making quality health care available to every American speaks volumes about his heart and his character.

Our thoughts today are with the senator’s family and friends. To those who share his dream of health reform, we would suggest that the greatest tribute would be to take to heart his own words:

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

1 Comment:

  1. Stan Karson said...
    Many of us have personal memories of Ted Kennedy. Mine goes back to his first Senate campaign in 1962, when my father, Democratic chairman of the small heavily Republican town of Sheffield in Berkshire County, served as his Southern Berkshire campaign manager. After one very full day of campaigning, Ted returned with my father to my parent's modest motel at midnight to spend the night. Although I am confident he wanted only to get some much needed sleep, he readily acepted my mother's invitation to have some of her apple pie before retiring. Thre three of them sat at the kitchen table, reflecting on the day, consuming the pie, which Ted must have known meant so much to her.
    On one of their annual treks to Florida for the winter in the mid-60s, my parents stopped in to his Senate office in Washington and was quickly taken to the Labor Committee room where he was chairing a hearing. As I witnessed the moment, he interrupted the hearing to welcome "two good friends from Sheffield, Martin and Sally Karson."
    My parents were of most modest means and of little political influence, but Ted Kennedy demonstrated his amazing warmth and csring concern for two people he had met briefly in his first campaign. My parents, then in their 60s, recalled that moment and their beloved Ted the rest of their lives, as I have.
    Stan Karson

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