Skip to main content

I received news today from the NYC Chancellor of Education that Terence Tolbert, Obama campaign director in Nevada, died last night.  It sounds like it was a sudden passing.  No news of this event on dkos that I can find.  It sounds like a tremendous loss.  Sorry for the skimpy introduction but I am at work and wanted to be sure this information was available to the community.  The text below is from the email (not published):

It is with tremendous sadness that I tell you that Terence Tolbert—a leader, mentor, and friend—died last night in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was directing Senator Obama’s campaign in the state since July.

Immediately prior to that, for almost three years, Terence had been working for the Department of Education on behalf of New York City’s children as the executive director of intergovernmental affairs. In this capacity, he was one of my most trusted advisers and a source of inspiration to many. He was a person who believed deeply in public service and the power of government to make people’s lives better. In his time with us, his warmth, humor, and energy permeated our offices. I’ve rarely met someone with so many friends and admirers—someone who could use his charm and brains to make manageable the most daunting challenges.

Terence was born and raised in Harlem. He is a proud graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and Hunter College. For the past 17 years, Terence has worked in government and political service. I believe his efforts will have a lasting impact on our community—and I hope that his life’s work will inspire the people who knew and met him.

I know this is shocking and sad news to all of us. His untimely passing will be felt personally and deeply by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Terence’s wife, Freida Foster-Tolbert, who became a member of our family over the past few years, and with Terence’s other family and loved ones.

Originally posted to wont get fooled again on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 09:38 AM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site