A Remembrance: Jesse Brown
My friend and mentor, Jesse Brown, passed away some six years ago in August. Your Business Bogger(R) tries to remember him this time of year.
Everyone — every business should have a blog, if for no other reason, than to remember the friends who have helped along the way.
From 2005, In Memoriam: Jesse Brown
Jesse Brown, 58, passed away some three years ago. He was my friend and business partner. This inaugural post on Labor Day 2005 is to honor his memory and his work.
He was wounded by enemy fire in Vietnam leaving his right arm and hand partially paralyzed. This never slowed him down.
I once asked him when he was at the pinnacle of his career what drove him to work so hard. Money, I thought; status, celebrity? No. “I just want to help my friends,” he said.
His passion for service helped him become the Veteran’s Affairs Secretary for Bill Clinton.
And yet he helped me, a nobody who worked for a Republican governor.
Jesse is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, not far from my dad. Two warriors to whom I owe so much.
See Jesse Brown: Mentor and The Man Who Said No To Bill Clinton