Claire McGrath

Claire McGrath 1995Of all the folks I’ve met since becoming an organizer in 1994, I owe more to Claire McGrath–both professionally and personally– than anyone else.

At SUN, she has been an integral leader–chairing meetings, plotting strategy and deciding policy on the Board of Directors (even signing my paycheck as treasurer.)

Personally, she and her family rescued two doggies, Sammy in 1998 and Andie in 2011–that she then turned over to my family to raise and love!

For years, knowing that she witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 (as the daughter of civilian laborers at the base), I would commiserate with her whenever the Syracuse Post Standard didn’t do a good job of remembering the “date that will live in infamy” and lament that, as the years past by, fewer people would be left to remember Pearl Harbor.

This year, I pitched the Post-Standard columnist Sean Kirst on doing a story about Claire for Pearl Harbor Day. He is a great writer and has a fine sense of history–the perfect person to do this piece.

So Claire–today, on December 7, 2012, there is a real decent piece on Pearl Harbor in the paper.

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