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Farewell to a Special Family Friend

Farewell to a Special Family Friend

NPR Greeter and Client Services Coordinator Gary Smith shares good times with TMM at the home of Michel Martin. Lee Hill, NPR hide caption

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We want to share some sad news, which, unfortunately, won't mean anything to you unless you've ever visited us here at our D.C. studios. But if you have been here, then you met our dear friend, Gary Smith.

Today, NPR's Acting CEO and COO both described him as "NPR's finest ambassador."

And that is just right.

Gary greeted visitors, on-air guests and all of us every day. From the moment I hit the door here, two years ago or so, Gary made me (and all of us) feel special and welcomed. Yes, he did manage to maneuver himself into every picture ever taken with any celebrity who hit the door, even the ones whose publicists were busy screaming, no pictures! And, yes, he did manage to turn up at every party, including those to which he had not been, well, invited ... but how could you say no?

Gary Smith was one of a kind, and he left us last night. He had been struggling with some health issues for sometime, but we thought he was on the mend; this is quite a shock. It's a reminder that you can't take any day for granted.

Here's a snippet of Gary commemorating TMM's first radio anniversary:

Farewell to a Special Family Friend

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Gary, we miss you and love you, and we hope we told you often enough when you were here with us. Because you certainly told us.

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