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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 30, 2000


I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Damus, General Counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. Bob made invaluable contributions to the common good in his twenty years of government service, embodying the very finest qualities of our nation's career civil servants.

Bob's fine intellect and the breadth of his knowledge were respected throughout government and beyond. This Administration and the American people benefited greatly from his keen judgement and wise counsel, and he served my two predecessors with the same loyalty, dedication and commitment to excellence.

With a distinguished academic background, Bob chose government service out of a deep desire to contribute to the public good. In recognition of his outstanding service, he twice received the Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Executive, the highest honor for career civil servants in the Senior Executive Service.

Bob's probity and integrity were unsurpassed. He was a supremely decent man, and his memory will serve as an inspiration to us all.