Remembering Lou Stamberg

Lou Stamberg, the husband of NPR's Susan Stamberg, died this week at the age of 70. As a USAID administrator, Stamberg brought gentle understanding and dauntless energy to places like India, Thailand, Afghanistan, Gabon, Chad and Congo.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

We all lost a good friend and a merry presence this week. Lou Stamberg died at the age of 70. As USAID administrator, Lou brought his gentle understanding and dauntless energy to places around the world including India, Thailand, Afghanistan, Gabon, Chad and Congo.

He was married to Susan Stamberg for 45 years. And this week, Susan, their son Josh and many friends remembered the special grace with which Lou listened to people. Didn't just listen out of courtesy or even out of his vast kindness. He didn't just wait for the next chance to jump in and talk. Lou Stamberg seemed to delight in listening. It reminds those of us on this side of the microphone that people will say something worthwhile only when you really listened to it.

We send the Stambergs our love.

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