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Enviro-Mich message from "Lisa Wozniak" <lcvmi@igc.org>
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Mary Beth, oh Mary Beth......I miss you so much already.... I can't even
begin to write all that I admire and love about you.......

Friends, please know that the Ann Arbor community--enviros, artists,
musicians, so many friends--have come together quickly in the wake of this
staggering news to mourn, to weep, to hold one another, and to organize.  As
far as I know--and there will be more news to share tomorrow, I'm
sure--there will be a service on Wednesday at 1 PM at the Unitarian
Universalist Church in Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor-Saline Rd) with a big
celebration of Mary Beth's life to follow.

peace be with you all,
Lisa
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Claire O'Leary" <claireoleary@comcast.net>
To: "enviro-mich" <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2004 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Tragic News


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> Enviro-Mich message from Claire O'Leary <claireoleary@comcast.net>
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>
> I didn't know Mary Beth personally, but my one encounter with her made
> a lasting impression.  I feel very saddened by this news.
>
> Back in January, maybe it was '02, I attended a symposium offered by
> the U of M school of Public Health that focused on genetically
> engineered foods.  The U of M was erecting their new biotechnology
> building and the panel of presenters was loaded with pro-biotech heavy
> weights.  There wasn't a single voice in the speaker line-up to truly
> represent the opposing point of view.  For the feigned attempt, Peter
> Sandman, the risk management guru was there with all his "impartiality"
> saying that the risk of problems with GE foods was real and that
> Biotech had gone about flooding the market with GE products in a rather
> stupid way leaving lots of room for outrage from the public, but with
> some improvement to their PR they could dampen the potential backlash.
>
> The bulk of the participants in the audience were students.  The
> morning session trudged forward with all the hoopla of a cheerleading
> squad.  I say "trudged" because those of us in the audience who could
> vocalize the opposition were not given the opportunity to speak.  Lunch
> came and went and the auditorium predictable began to slowly empty as
> many of the students left having put in an appearance and probably
> having many other things to do.  Finally, finally the panel of speakers
> assembled themselves on stage to take questions and give their
> predictable answers.  The questions from the remaining students
> reflected the effects of listening to the speakers all morning.  This
> is great stuff, this genetic engineering of foods!  The activists in
> the audience were feeling all kinds of outrage!
>
> Then Mary Beth stood up.  She briefly addressed some of what the
> panelists had been saying, quite graciously, while publicly noting that
> there were no voices for the opposition on the panel.  Then she turned
> away from the stage and with mic in hand began to address the students.
>   She was so eloquent, so smart, and so empathetic as to how this may
> impact them personally.  She spoke directly to the issue without
> flinching, without disrespect for the speakers, but with a solid and
> convincing slam dunk argument that for anyone listening would have
> brought about either significant doubt about the veracity of the
> earlier messages or the outrage that Sandman had warned of earlier.
>
> I was new to activism that day.  Mary Beth showed me what kind of
> activist I want to be.  It's a nice goal to keep stretching toward.
>
> I just wish that I could have seen her do that again.
>
> Claire O'Leary
> Sierra Club national Genetic Engineering Committee
> MOFFA Board Member
>
>
> On Nov 14, 2004, at 11:55 AM, Alex J. Sagady & Associates wrote:
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> > Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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> >
> > Prominent Michigan environmentalist and frequent contributor to
> > the EM list, Mary Beth Doyle of the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor
> > died early Saturday of injuries from a automobile accident on Friday
> > night.
> >
> > Funeral arrangements are not known at this writing.
> >
> > Mary Beth was well known to local citizen groups with environmental
> > health problems and was a key leader in the battle to shut down
> > medical waste incineration at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit
> > and efforts to address similar incineration problems in Hamtramck.
> >
> > I'd invite others on the EM list to post their memories of
> > Mary Beth's life and accomplishments in her memory.
> >
> > Alex Sagady
> > EM Listmanager
> >
> >
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> > Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection
> > Prospectus at:  http://www.sagady.com/sagady.pdf
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> > PO Box 39,  East Lansing, MI  48826-0039
> > (517) 332-6971; (517) 332-8987 (fax); ajs@sagady.com
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