I don’t get involved in politics and I don’t write political posts. But this report is not political. This is personal.
Lawrence Eagleburger was not only a career diplomat and Secretary of State (among countless other achievements) – he was a friend and mentor.
I got an email from CandyMan this morning with the news. Mr. Eagleburger had passed away at 5:00 am.
The news made me think back to the ways that Mr. Eagleburger shaped our lives.
Shortly after CandyMan and I moved into our current house, I got a call from a close friend of mine. She declared that she had the perfect job for him. I listened to her description, chatted for a few more minutes, and then nearly dismissed the conversation. I was pregnant with my second child and had good insurance. CandyMan had a secure job. The thought of changing careers did not sound appealing to me.
However, as soon as I mentioned the job to CandyMan, his eyes lit up and he dialed Barbara’s number. That week, he met Mr. Eagleburger and instantly hit it off. He started as Larry’s assistant and through the years became his shadow. CandyMan sat in almost all of the meetings that Mr. Eagelburger attended, especially those relating to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) for which Mr. Eagleburger was chairman. They traveled the world together, ate together, planned together. We sat in his DC apartment together, and visited his family in their Charlottesville home.
Mr. Eagleburger taught my husband so much.
Although they haven’t worked together in year, Larry comes up in conversation frequently. His presence is already missed in our home.
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