As he was to thousands, he will always be my inspiration and role model. He confronted the evils of deprivation -- discrimination and poverty. He created living institutions that have and will continue to raise up this nation and help to fulfill the promise of America.
No words can express how much I -- along with countless others -- will personally miss him. Sarge has a special place in this nation's history and our tears are those of gratitude for being one of his "kids." He was the real definition of love, commitment and dedication. A unique person -- always looking to the future, never dwelling on the past and forever generous in spirit.
Partner, Mayer Brown
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Former Legal Services Attorney
Member of Board of Directors, Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law