A Tribute to Beth Daley

Most people who know POGO know Beth Daley. For ten years, Beth played a vital role in all of our work. Beth was POGO’s first Director of Development and Director of Communication, helping to build a small non-profit into the institution it is today. She completed her career as the Director of Investigations. Everything that went out the door had her imprint.

Beth died in her sleep after a seven-year battle with breast cancer on Sunday, August 22, 2010. She is survived by her seven-and-a-half year old twin girls Ginger and Traci, of whom she was so proud, her husband Steve Holmer, mother and father Steve and Georganna Daley, sister and brother-in-law Gwen Daley and Brett Best, mother-in-law Terry Holmer, and sisters-in-law Chris Cofield and Kathy Holmer.

Beth’s soul will always be central to POGO. You can find more information about her work and impact here.

If you have any stories or memories you would like to share about Beth, we would encourage you to leave them in the comments below.

A celebration of Beth’s life will take place on Saturday September 4th at 122 Maryland Ave NE, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions to honor Beth’s life and work be made to the Project On Government Oversight. You may make a contribution in Beth’s honor here.

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77 Responses to “A Tribute to Beth Daley”

  1. Anayon 23 Aug 2010 at 11:46 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Beth’s family and especially her two beautiful girls. I will always remember her ‘distinctive’ laugh and warm smile.

    With love,

  2. Peter Brandon 23 Aug 2010 at 11:54 am

    As trite as it may sound, I wish I was back at POGO today, so I could remember Beth with all of you. I keep thinking of a profound way to process a situation like this, but all I can come up with is that it sucks and is intolerably unfair, especially for Traci and Ginger.
    I hope you guys are doing all right. Please give my best to everyone.

  3. Chrison 23 Aug 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I first met Beth many years ago (more than I care to remember) when she was giving a class at the Institute for Policy Studies at their old building with the not totally reliable elevators but the nice coffee shop on the bottom floor. In those days I believe she was still with HALT. We worked in the same field and had kept in touch on and off over the years. I respected her opinion very much and when I was leaving my last employer I asked what she thought of a place that was making a very strong pitch for my services. Without missing a beat she told me: “I don’t know much about ‘X’, but I do know a lot about POGO.” And hence that was the first step of my own POGO tenure, trying to fill a roll she held for so long and had done very well. I sensed something was wrong when I came to POGO for the first time and she was not there to say ‘hi’. I still held out hope that we would eventually work together, which was a big enticement to join POGO. It was not meant to be but we did have one last chance to talk and I will always be grateful for the kind words she said about my own efforts at POGO. She will be missed but lives on forever in our memories.

  4. Michal Freedhoffon 23 Aug 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Beth and I met almost 10 years ago during our respective efforts to better protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, and worked together on a number of investigative efforts to expose the weaknesses in current law and legislative efforts to remedy the problem. She was always fierce, tough and unwavering in her insistence that political compromises not undermine the much-needed strong protections. Her work lives on, as just in this Congress, the House of Representatives has passed or will soon pass strong whistleblower protections for chemical security workers, oil and gas drilling workers, and automobile safety workers—and, in stark contrast to the battles of a few years ago, none of these measures have been or are expected to be at all controversial. Beth’s work in the trenches unquestionably laid the groundwork for these legislative success stories.

    But it is a different passion that brought Beth and I closer together—My twin girls are just 9 months younger than hers, and throughout our pregnancies and into their infancies and toddler-hoods we also lived quite close to one another. My youngest daughter, now almost 2, still wears some of Traci and Ginger’s hand-me-downs, which Beth generously passed along and dropped off every few months. We often saw each other during almost-weekly walks through the zoo, and in fact for awhile it was unusual NOT to run into the whole family there on our outings. She grew to be more than a colleague, and became a friend whose company I enjoyed, valued, and will miss.

    Traci and Ginger—I hope you’re always proud of your Mom!

  5. Jim Mitchellon 23 Aug 2010 at 12:48 pm

    There is a young woman named Beth
    Who investigates fraud and ethical death
    She supports better Gov
    And deserves all our love
    Let’s donate to her all our breath

  6. Karenon 23 Aug 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I will always remember Beth’s smile and her wonderful and most enthusiastic laugh. She was such fun to be around with a wicked sense of humor and the willingness to try anything. I am thankful she has been part of my life for the past 20 or more years.

  7. Ryan Alexander on behalf of Taxpayers For Common Senseon 23 Aug 2010 at 12:55 pm

    (a letter sent to Beth earlier in the month)

    August, 2010

    To Our Fantastic Colleague, Beth,

    YAY for Beth!! As one of the only people we know that would freely use the word “yay” and “yearadearie” in regular email correspondence, you have always brightened our days and made the slog to fight oil and gas interests in DC bearable. Your tenacious attitude and positive spirit could keep us all going, day after day, despite numerous obstacles—even the little ones, like Exxon and BP (who we’re sure know you by name).

    We fondly remember strategizing with you in a room full of Lawmakers’ Chief of Staffs back in the 2006 on how to end the oil and gas royalty giveaways—drafting amendments and coming up with ways to corner the oil and gas dominated Congress (recollect that you described the process as “fun”). Or pushing back on top Committee staff for giving away royalty-free oil and not holding MMS’s feet to the fire for blocking auditors from calling out royalty underpayments. Your work helping expose MMS corruption put you in a league of your own. While most folks were unaware of what MMS even was, you were out there alerting the Hill, the press and our coalition colleagues to the bad behavior going on at the corrupted federal oil and gas agency. Our fond farewells to Johnnie Burton, Greg Smith and many of the other cronies at MMS were all evidence of your amazing organizing and outreach.

    Much credit has to go to you, Ms. Daley for the huge recent victories in the oil and gas fight—MMS as we all knew it is now defunct and RIK and other royalty giveaways are getting the ax!

    Beth, you are a force to be reckoned with—your passion for the good fight was one that we work to emulate everyday! Big Oil, rest assured our fight is not over—we’ve learned from the best and we all carry this torch!

    With much love,

    Ryan, Autumn, Keith, Jill, Steve and the rest of the gang at TCS

    P.S. Since we think of you as a member of our family, we are always so happy to recall that you even met your husband at a TCS event.

  8. Robert MacLeanon 23 Aug 2010 at 12:56 pm

    My condolences to all the great people in Beth’s life. Beth fought hard for me, and I will never forget that. I hope one day I can talk to her children about the great work she did for me. Without her briefing his office about my case, I would never have this priceless video of Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ) leaving mute and dumb all of those TSA senior executives in hearings:


    Beth made the world a better place—please celebrate her life.

    Thank you and rest in peace my good friend.

    Love and respect,
    Robert MacLean

  9. Bobon 23 Aug 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I never met Beth but always remember her friendliness, courtesy and cooperation. My condolences to her husband and beautiful daughters.

  10. Izzy Kleinon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I first met Beth as a 20-something press secretary on the Hill … The “public interest” couldn’t have had a better, smarter, more devoted person on its side.

    Ginger and Traci – while we haven’t met yet – you have much to aspire to… and I hope our little twins will be able to meet the spirit of your mom through you both at some point. Our deepest condolences for your loss and our thoughts and prayers will be with you, your family, and the POGO community.

  11. Sandy Nunnon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Though I never met Beth directly, I spoke to her a couple of times over the years when I was either trying to reach Danielle at POGO or asking a question. I knew through the grapevine of Beth’s fight against cancer and I always prayed that her fight would be successful. I’m so sorry to hear of this loss to both her family, POGO, and to all of the whistleblowers who have worked with her over the years. She was an amazing person. My deepest and most sincere condolences for this terrible loss.

  12. Nick Schwellenbachon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:11 pm

    My deepest condolences to Beth’s family. She was fabulously generous to everyone around her and was a great mentor to me. She spent a lot of her time helping me rewrite clumsily written op-eds, and patch together an unruly, but dedicated coalition of groups working for better whistleblower protections. If more of us could be like her, the world would be a much better place. I’ll miss her.

  13. Jackie Kellyon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:16 pm

    To all concern:
    I did know or ever hear of Beth but certainly feel a sense of loss. I cannot empathize with what she went through battling breast cancer but I certainly can imagine how tough it was on her as well as her family. My deepest sympathy.

  14. Shawn Carpenteron 23 Aug 2010 at 1:25 pm

    My deepest condolences to Beth’s family and the POGO family on the loss of this wonderful person. During my whistleblower ordeal five years ago, Beth provided extensive support and advice. More importantly, her upbeat attitude, words of encouragement and smiles throughout my litigation and subsequent court victory were priceless. I have twin daughters of my own, and my heart goes out to them and Steve during this difficult time. Thank you, Beth, for your steadfast support and kindness when longtime colleagues and friends wanted nothing to do with me. Thank you for your groundbreaking work in exposing corruption and being the catalyst for accountability and reform. With love and respect, Shawn Carpenter

  15. Glenn Adleron 23 Aug 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Beth a few years back in my union’s efforts to organize private security officers by holding security contractors accountable for the poor quality of their work on Federal contracts.

    Beth was an absolute star: daring, meticulous, unflappable, courageous – and (this I remember above all else) a complete mensch.

    From those who worked with her at the Service Employees International Union, our deepest condolences to her husband, daughters, and family. Please know that while we will deeply miss our dear sister, we will forever value her contribution to the cause!

  16. Marthena Cowarton 23 Aug 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Only a few can leave this earth a better place. Beth has done that and more. She has left behind a small army of people which shall henceforth be called “Beth’s Brigade.” All of us volunteers in this army will henceforth dedicate ourselves to living our passion for better government; the highest standards for excellence in every thing we do and bravery in the face of adversity. Just as she did every day of her too short life. To her sweet girls and brave husband, I send my love.

  17. Seth Morrison 23 Aug 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I got to know Beth Daley when I joined the staff at POGO in 2000. Very early on at POGO I got to witness Beth in action as she passionately and courageously fought against big oil and the likes of Rep. Don Young over oil royalties. Her commitment to other social, economic and environmental causes, such as United for a Fair Economy and Klingle Road, were very inspiring. However, what I remember most about Beth is how happy she was on her wedding day and how overjoyed and proud she was when she had her two daughters.

  18. Lauren Robinsonon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:39 pm

    When I arrived at POGO in 2004, Beth’s battle with cancer had already begun. I first met her at the office, in a cute sun hat, shining bright eyes, with her two adorable little toddlers on each side. She’s smart and beautiful and strong. Even in the midst of chemo and treatment, there she would be, walking in to work, a cup of tea in each hand. In my four years of working at POGO, I was constantly impressed by not only Beth’s ability to turn the often nerdy and inside-the-beltway work of POGO into something sassy and appealing, but also by her stamina and willpower.

    I don’t remember where she wrote or said it, but I totally had it as my yahoo mail signature for a while in 2007. Just thought of that succinct, powerful quote. :-)

    “Freedom is only as strong as the citizens who fight for it.”
    ~Beth Daley

    She has definitely demonstrated that she’s one of those strong citizens.

    It popped into my head and I just started chuckling about the back story. A fellow I had gone on a couple dates with back then googled her name after he spotted the quote in my email. He ribbed me and thought I was sooo dorky to quote a boss. : ) Well, he must not have had the kind of bosses and superiors I was lucky enough to have had at POGO!

    I also had the pleasure of sitting for Beth and Steve’s beautiful, intelligent little girls, Traci and Ginger. She is a great mom, and I know that her girls will bring good things to the world and have bright futures because their amazing mom lives by example. Her dedication to POGO’s mission, her work to shed light on the darker crevices of power, her very genuine self, have made the world a better place.

  19. Dannion 23 Aug 2010 at 1:41 pm

    My memory’s terrible (Chemo-Brain, Beth called it, only without the chemo), so when I think of Beth those memories are flashes of light and color instead of full-fledged stories. The times we went out: the Tune in with Lisa B and Aaron and Julie, all warm lighting and walls crowded with—should I call it junk?—and I drank Aaron under the table and Beth laughed and laughed; Mandy’s twenty-first birthday at Chef Geoff’s (or was it Georgia Brown’s?) with girly drinks and the waiter with tattoos; Restaurant Week outings, especially the one at a French Bistro near Van Ness one February, and it had just snowed and we marveled at the beauty outside and the fantastic food inside. And the times we stayed in: the baby shower for Traci and Ginger (who could forget the diaper test??); POGO happy hours crowded into the small kitchen of Suite 500 or on the nap couch in Danielle & Keith’s office and just talking about nothing in particular; Mountain Day as she read an intern’s letter of recommendation-to-beat-all-letters-of-recommendation; late-night editing sessions trying to get a report out the door and each of us mutually rolling our eyes over a writer’s…ummm, unique…word choice. Every one of these memories is colored by Beth’s smile, her laughter, her friendship, and more joyful because of that.

  20. Charles "Chuck" Montanoon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I met Beth Daley in person but once. It was during a very difficult time in my life. I still recall that even though she was a consummate professional, she was genuinely empathetic and caring. A sweeter, kinder, gentler soul there never has been or will be.

    My deepest sympathies to her family at home, and to her POGO family at work.

  21. Kevin Gambrellon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I appreciate the time I was able to work with Beth on Native American mineral issues. I was inspired by Beth’s commitment to setting things right against a government monstrosity that puts careers and power before accountability and honesty. I am grateful that I had the chance to meet Beth’s family and stay with Beth a couple of days. I still remember having breakfast with Beth’s family and one of her daughter’s saying “We missed you.” It was my second night at her house and I was out about the evening before. Her expression made me feel like I was part of the family. I laughed inside and thought that was cool.

    I also remember taking Beth to the oil patch and showing her around the oil field equipment. I really enjoyed talking with Beth and I finally felt like “wow” somebody really cares about these issues.

    I give my condolences to family and friends.

    The world has lost a champion!

  22. Jennifer Porter Goreon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I remember Beth’s unswerving dedication to finding the truth, her great sense of humor, and her willingness to share chocolate and painkillers when needed. But my most tender memory of Beth is the huge, consoling hug she gave me when I returned to the office after saying goodbye to a dear friend I had just lost. Beth probably doesn’t even remember that hug, but it’s one I will never forget.

  23. Nicole Harkinon 23 Aug 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I believe that only passionate people can have big dreams. Years ago when Beth and I started at POGO, we butted heads, but now I realize it was only because we both cared a lot about the work POGO was doing and continues to do. When I think of Beth I see her with the painting of Lady Liberty she always had in her office. The picture is just of the statue’s head but I really that that symbolizes Beth’s work: the liberty to expect that all government to be good government. I know now it is an honor to work with people dedicated to a cause. Thank you for your dedication and friendship throughout the years Beth.

  24. Paul Gunteron 23 Aug 2010 at 2:01 pm

    This news comes with such sudden saddening shock.

    I feel a great void has opened with her passing and I am so sorry for the collective loss of her many unique and irreplacable gifts.

    Our sincerest condolences from Beyond Nuclear go out to her family and the many loved ones that her wonderful life has touched.

  25. Mark Zaidon 23 Aug 2010 at 2:02 pm

    It has been great working with Beth over the years to fight for whistleblower rights and against government misconduct. Beth has been a true inspiration to everyone!

  26. Elaine Kaplanon 23 Aug 2010 at 2:04 pm

    What can I say about Beth? Beth was funny, charming, good natured, very smart and way too modest. Beth was someone who was so reluctant to put the focus on herself and so willing to go out of her way for others. I got to know Beth when she was in charge of press relations with POGO. Beth seemed to know everyone in the media (and everyone seemed to know her!). She was always willing to tap her contacts to promote good government causes. But best of all, Beth and I shared many laughs as we worked together for what we believed to be truth, justice and the American way. Beth introduced me to the acronym “B.O.A.R.”–“bitch on a rampage”–which I absolutely love and have appropriated as a badge of honor. After Beth’s cancer recurred, I gained a whole new appreciation for her strength and determination–she was one tough chick–a fighter. Dare I say it–something of a B.O.A.R. herself. Ginger and Traci–perhaps the greatest testament to your mom is the fact that she had so many people in her life who, like me, loved her and were rooting for her to the end, and whose hearts and lives she touched. She was irreplaceable and unforgettable. I will miss her.

  27. Pete Seppon 23 Aug 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I first began working with Beth in the early 2000s, on issues like the C-130J. We were supposed to be part of a “left-right” coalition, but I never viewed our association that way. We were battling a common foe, and her leadership was always inspiring to me. I had no idea that through all that time, she was waging a battle of a different kind.

    I will remember her tenacity, energy, and encouragement as we both endured constant criticism from lawmakers in both parties who didn’t want to give up their ride on the gravy train. Now I know she was enduring much more.

    I hope Beth’s parents, husband, and children will know that she left our little corner of the world a much greater and more accountable place.

  28. Rich Loebon 23 Aug 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I first met Beth when she came to POGO around 1998 or 1999. What a breath of fresh air! I’ll always associate Beth with good luck for POGO. After she arrived, everything seemed to go right. What was once a struggling organization became a force to reckon with. Between Danielle, Keith and Beth, just the right synergy came about and POGO was definitely on the map.

    Beth’s greatest strength was her ability to grasp complex concepts so quickly and then explain them in relatively simple terms. Whether discussing oil royalties or contracting abuses, Beth realized that if POGO was to make an impact, people needed to understand how seemingly obscure governmental “wonky stuff” was important to their lives. In this she succeeded magnificently.

    Perhaps the proudest professional moment I ever experienced with Beth was when she appeared on the PBS television program “NOW” with David Brancaccio in 2005. I just sat there watching the program and beamed. She looked so radiant and professional. I was sure POGO was going to lose Beth to public television.

    However, Beth’s most defining “moment” (actually the moment took over six years) was how she handled her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. I’m not sure how she did it, but she persevered in a way one rarely encounters. As we soldier on without Beth’s physical embodiment present, let’s remember her spirit and determination in the face of adversity. May her memory serve as a guide and beacon for us for many years to come.

    Rich Loeb

  29. Angela Canterburyon 23 Aug 2010 at 3:00 pm

    The first time I met Beth in person we were piling into an elevator in Rayburn. When we were introduced, she gave me a great hug and said, finally! I believe it is the only time I have ever been hugged in a House office elevator. I worked at Public Citizen and she at POGO and we had been kindred spirits on many conference calls and emails over the previous few months trying to get the perennial Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act passed. We seemed to always agree, and tried to shake things up a bit. We got to know each other some, sharing about our families, being mommies, and lives outside of crusading. I thought wow, she is a huge blast of fresh air and a damn cool chick. It wasn’t long before I learned she was beginning her second bout with cancer. Heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what it has been for her, her family and her close circle. But I do know that she has fought like hell and defied incredible odds for her life for her girls. Beth is definitely one of the great mothers and warriors for good. And a damn cool chick. Not long ago, I happily came to work at POGO (originally a suggestion of hers I am told), surrounded by many of her dear ones and biggest fans. I so wish we all could have her here for just a while longer. But the work and life of POGO will always have the spirit and legacy of indelible Beth.

  30. Justin Roodon 23 Aug 2010 at 3:05 pm

    My deepest condolences to Danielle and POGO and of course Beth’s family. The world needs more Beth, not less.

  31. John Laneon 23 Aug 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Beth was my neighbor growing up. We attended the same grade, middle and high schools, at seperate ends of teh grade curves! I remember playing pool in her basement bomb shelter (Another story in itself…) growing up, and neighborhood games in the woods around or houses. She and (sister) Gwen always had the hot pool cues! I dont think I ever beat either one. After HS our paths diverged, hers going to school and on to Washington, mine going all over the road, eventually to AF and all over the world. It was with great delight that I recently re- connected with her via Facebook, and with great sadness that I learned of her cancer. Cancer took my Mother also…but I take heart in knowing that these two great ladies fought like hell against it, and great pride in knowing that my old neighbor with the great eyes and pretty, ready smile was such a battler in other arenas that benefitted not only others but the country and world as a whole.

    Farewell Beth, we will take it from here. I hope to see you on the other side…

    John Lane

  32. Mindy Stoneon 23 Aug 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I did not know Beth (unfortunately) but I benefitted from her indirectly by her dedication to fighting corporations and bringing justice to me and everyone around me in the United States. I am grateful for her life and her work and her courage to stand up and fight back for us all!

    My heart goes out to all her family, friends/co-workers who loved and appreciated having her in their lives so intimately.


  33. Neil Gordonon 23 Aug 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I’ll always remember Beth’s sparkling personality and hearty laugh echoing throughout the office.

    Once, she helped me obtain some hard-to-find documents for our contractor misconduct database. I was astounded at how quickly she was able to do that, showing that not only was she a top notch investigator but was always willing to go the extra mile for her co-workers.

  34. Maureen Lorenzettion 23 Aug 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Knowing reporters better than they know themselves….

    That’s what comes to mind when I think of Beth. Although her name is not Lois Lane and she doesn’t carry a press card, to me she is a reporter’s reporter– a Super(wo)man who always is there to fight the good fight for truth, justice, the American way, free speech and home made jam and salsa.

    When I was a journalist following the energy business Beth never resorted to spin or character assassination like many in the K street crowd. She was an advocate, yes, but what she did sell to journalists she backed up with data–a useful asset 15 minutes before deadline! I think many in the energy business who see POGO as an adversary would not be facing such an uphill public relations battle if they worked with the media as proactively as Beth has done over the years.

    Beth’s professionalism and poise is a model I try to emulate in my current job–three years ago I left the journalism ranks to work for an international public environmental trust fund as a media spokesperson. Now that I am on the other side of the information flow I have even greater respect for the job Beth has done over the years.

    Why do I love Beth?

    Because she is my favorite Powerpuff girl–she never forgets to save the world before bedtime.

  35. Joseph Vaileon 23 Aug 2010 at 3:53 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Steve and the girls. I am so sorry for your loss. While I only briefly met Beth, she was obviously an awesome person to have such a great, supportive husband and family.

  36. Scott Armstrongon 23 Aug 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of Beth’s death. She was always there on the major issues, providing analysis of the most arcare points, circulating sign on letters, cheerfully keeping the faith and persistently pushng the progressive point of view. Sorry I won’t be at the celebration of her life. I was honored to have worked with her. Scott

  37. Beverley Lumpkinon 23 Aug 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Sadly, we only worked together at POGO for a few months before Beth became ill with the recurrence of her breast cancer. I remember vividly when she started missing work, and I had that uneasy foreboding and tried to express my intense concern about her without actually intruding. She would describe conditions that sounded horrifying but then she would reassure me. She seemed always to be taking care of others.

    Reading through the comments from others, I almost feel unworthy to join in, having known her so briefly compared to the rest of you. Yet, she made such a huge impact on me and I truly loved her.

    No matter what the emergency, she always handled it with aplomb, her frequently-heard laugh, and that beautiful smile.

    The most fun were the days when she’d bring Traci and Ginger in. I have said before, I truly had never seen happier children. I hope in the future they can regain some measure of that gaiety and remember how much their mom loved them, that she kept herself going this much longer, just for them.


  38. Mark Danielsonon 23 Aug 2010 at 6:21 pm

    In a world of darkness POGO and Beth were the light. She fought for those in need. Even after my case was long and over Beth and I kept in touch. I will miss her, her sense of humor. It is a grace to all that everyone had the oppotiunity to meet her. My greatest hope is one day her family will know not only the great things she did, but the little things that meant so much to so many. My sympathy and prayers to her family and friends.

  39. Randy Littleon 23 Aug 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Beth defended me and two fellow workers after we became whistleblowers against our employer (MMS). She took our fight to several Democratic Senators who protected us as everything started to hit the fan. I am retiring at the end of August 2010. I feel strongly that Beth is at least partially responsible for the three of us being able to keep our jobs and reach retirement.

    I am so very happy that I got to meet Beth. May God bless Beth and her family.

  40. Jeanne Donarson 23 Aug 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you for including us in your photos.
    We did not know Beth personally but are
    totally impressed with her accomplishments.
    Her memory shall live forever.
    Jeanne and Paul Donars

  41. Dan Meyeron 23 Aug 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Oh, there are so few fighting the right fights, to lose one is to lose a legion. Beth was worth two or three legions, for that matter. What a great, sunny force she was — all of POGO’s secret cousins among the 1300 Office of the Inspector General employees are grieving for you all, and looking for the next ray of sunshine to step forward in the cause.

    We love you all.


  42. Jason Zuckermanon 23 Aug 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Words cannot express my sorrow. While I did not know Beth well, I was privileged to get her excellent advice several times on whistleblower advocacy. No matter how busy Beth was, she was always glad to take my calls and use her contacts in the press and on the Hill to help whistleblowers.

    I was also privileged to hear her speak at conferences and she was usually the most interesting speaker on a panel, offering terrific practical insights and exhibiting unparalleled enthusiasm for her work. Beth’s career of public service will always be an inspiration to me and so many others. I last saw Beth at a POGO function two to three months ago and even during a trying time, she had such a positive outlook. I feel fortunate to have learned from Beth about media relations and whistleblower advocacy, but more importantly, I was truly privileged to learn from Beth’s example how to embrace life and live life to its fullest.

  43. Celia Wexleron 23 Aug 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I recall beth at a POGO event a few years ago at the Newseum. I remember how absolutely radiant she looked in the sunlight on the rooftop over looking DC. It was a very swanky affair and she and Danielle were gracefully and graciously navigating among POGO’s donors and activists. She just radiated joy that night.

  44. Cynthia Nealon 23 Aug 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I don’t know where to start. Beth was a huge part of my high school experience. We sang together, went on vacation to Mexico together, did a radio show together, went to “Friday Morning Breakfast Club” together, went to Prom together. I don’t really have any one particular memory that stands out from the rest. She was always there for me. She had a good head on her shoulders from a much earlier age than I did. She was one of the oldest in our class, and I was the youngest. There was almost one year in between us, which could be huge at that time in our lives, but she always treated me with great kindness and respect. She was always so driven academically, and I remember being very inspired by her work ethic. She was never vain or conceited, although I do believe she was the most beautiful girl in our class, by far. She always came down on me when I was insecure or doubting my own worth or abilities, and would point out my talents when I couldn’t remember them myself. I wished that we had kept in touch more after high school. But I hope that she will always know that I probably wouldn’t have developed into the ambitious, determined, confident woman that I am today if she had not been modeling this for me those four brief years. For this I will be forever grateful. I love you Beth!!

  45. Dina Rasoron 23 Aug 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Beth has always been so positive in any endeavor she tackles. I remember working with her at POGO as a board member and founder and she approached her job with relish and always tried to be the most positive person in the room. I specifically remember when I was visiting the office and she told me that she had been asked to be a Huffington Post blogger. You had to be asked to join at that point and I wistfully said that I would love to be able to blog for them. Beth jumped on the phone and called her Huffington Post source and got me invited on the spot.

    As Beth grew more ill, she and I would exchange words of wisdom on dealing with illness. My illness is chronic and I have had it for 30 years so I thought that I could pass on some of what I learned. But I found that Beth had used her illness to get some amazing insights on life and she ended up giving me some great advice and words of encouragement.

    Beth makes a big impact to all the people she has touched and I have been privileged to know her.

  46. Ken Pedeleoseon 23 Aug 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I first spoke with Beth during August 2003. She was an inspiration to me at the worst time in my life. I communicated with her routinely and met Beth and her family during February 2006. Beth and her family were wonderful, warm, and friendly. The work that Beth has done and her contributions to enforcing honesty in government have made the world a better place. I was fortunate to know Beth Daley.

  47. Joe Carsonon 23 Aug 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Many whistleblowers absorb much suffering – to themselves and their families -so others will not have to suffer – they take the bullet to protect others, figuratively at least.

    Beth was a very big-hearted person in a cruel jungle concerned feds inhabit. I was always grateful for her presence and her interest in the well-being of my children, 2 of whom cannot remember a day when risking, sacrificing – just plain suffering – to expose and stop government lawbreaking was not part of their lives.

    Beth’s suffered much with cancer – something unwanted and unbidden in a private battle, but her courage, grace and tenacity was an example that whistleblowers – whose suffering results from a moral choice, is a necessary part of confronting institutional evil, and which can result in tangible advances to our common good – can certainly emulate.

  48. Monica Gabrielleon 23 Aug 2010 at 10:02 pm

    We are very saddened to hear of Beth’s passing.

    We had the pleasure of asking Beth for help in getting out a petition for the declassification and release of documents pertaining to the 9/11 attacks.

    On behalf of September 11th Advocates, our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and co-workers.

    Monica Gabrielle
    Patty Casazza
    Mindy Kleinberg
    Lorie Van Auken

  49. Tonyon 24 Aug 2010 at 5:41 am

    Beth was a wonderful and warm human being…she was super supportive and helpful during my own whistleblowing adventure…this is a huge loss not only for her family but for the country. People talk in great and grand terms about the passage of politicians…Beth was far more effective than any politician could ever have been…plus her heart was in the right place…God Bless You, Beth – and God Bless Your Family…

  50. Edon 24 Aug 2010 at 7:37 am

    Beth brought passion, commitment, intelligence and joy in fighting for truth, justice and fairness, especially in protecting POGO from those who chose to abuse their power. Beth an I worked together during those hectic days ten years ago when POGO was under constant assault by the likes of Don Young, Barbara Cubin and others in Congress aligned with the oil and gas industry. Beth worked tirelessly to help steer the POGO ship through those turbulent waters and continued to do so year after year. My deepest condolences to her families (Steve, Traci and Ginger) and (Danielle, Keith, Pam, Peter and all the wonderful POGO staff and Board.

  51. Mandy Smithbergeron 24 Aug 2010 at 7:53 am

    I think what I will remember most about Beth is her capacity for understanding. On a larger, more abstract level it meant that she could instinctively identify the depth of a problem uncovered by our investigations. But on a more personal level, it meant that she never forgot a whistleblower who came to her, and that she always had time for coffee with a colleague. I always admired her heart and passion for what most would consider to be too complex to pursue. It seemed that Beth could never be intimidated, and it meant that the public had the most stalwart champion they could ask for.

  52. John Pruetton 24 Aug 2010 at 10:30 am

    Beth introduced me to the world of government oversight and showed me how to be an investigator. Through her, I developed an interest in energy policy and learned all about federal oil and gas leasing. I’ll always remember her warm smile, boundless optimism, and dedication to those for whom she fought so fiercely. She was an inspiration and source of joy and will truly be missed. My thoughts go out to her family.

  53. Janet S.on 24 Aug 2010 at 2:25 pm

    She sounded like a wonderful woman and member of POGO. And although I only met her briefly one time, I could see how much she affected all of those who knew her.

  54. Mary Elizabeth Laneon 24 Aug 2010 at 6:11 pm

    It was with great sadness that I read of Beth’s death. I had reconnected with her over the last couple of years via Face Book and really enjoyed her as an adult… We grew up across the street from each other and hadn’t been in touch for years. I was not surprised to see what a dedicated and tenacious person she was at POGO. She was the easiest kid to baby sit. Never had to tell her to do her homework or practice her music, she just did it. And it obviously, paid off in so many ways. She always had the same sense of humor and the same great smile… I will miss her too.

  55. Steven Loucelon 24 Aug 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I meet Beth as an Intern back in the Spring of 2006 when I interned for POGO. My heart sank after learning of the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family. I wish I was in D.C. , I miss the POGO family.

  56. Eric Milleron 25 Aug 2010 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for doing this. This is so sad. Still having a hard time believing she’s gone. She made the world a better place. I know Beth was family at POGO, so my wife Susan and I send our condolences. She did a lot for POGO and I always admired her commitment to doing the right thing. She was a fighter, not only for her own life, but for good government.

  57. Nicole Harkinon 25 Aug 2010 at 8:34 am

    The photo below reminds me of the trip Lisa Baumgartner Bonds and Beth took to Italy, where Beth’s bag got stolen…
    They hiked between those cities in Italy where you have to do that to see the different cities…I even have images in my head about how it looked there. Isn’t that nice.

    Beth and Lisa

  58. Laura Steeleon 25 Aug 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I met Beth in 1996 when my then boyfriend Brian and I moved into the basement apt below the group house that Beth lived in. That was a rowdy and fun bunch, but Beth bonded with us (especially me) from the beginning and we became close friends, hanging out on their deck, drinking beer and having great conversations. Beth quickly got to know my group of friends from college who had all migrated to DC and joined on us on regular “girls” trips to the beach- Ocean City, Rehoboth- Brian had to stay home, but my friend Geoff could join us as he counted as one of the girls.

    At one point during the 5 years we lived below Beth, she announced she’d met a new guy she really liked, Steve Holmer. Brian said “I know Steve Holmer!” He has canvassed at Greenpeace with Steve, along with Mike Johnson who had been a close HS friend of Brian’s that he’d lost touch with. Brian was able to reconnect with a whole group of people he’d lost touch with like Mike, Emily Schoenbaum, Kolev and other Greenpeace people so that was really fun for us and for me to be able to hear stories about Brian from back then and our social group expanded.

    Beth introduced me to camping in the one and only camping trip I’ve been on. We went to a great waterfall campsite.

    I remember going to a Renaissance festival with Beth, Maripage a few other roommates and they had actual renaissance stuff to wear. At the end of the night, they were all dancing around a fire with the players and Beth and Maripage fit right in and I was so jealous of their flowing skirts as they danced and drank mead while I sat in my jeans. I ended up buying an outfit myself and asking Brian what he would think if I ran away with the renaissance troupe. He said “I think you’ll be back in 3 weeks with a bunch of clothes you’ll never wear and a rash.” So right, I’m sure! But I have gotten a lot of use out of that outfit for Halloween parties, many of which I attended with Beth. We would party hop around Mt. Pleasant and Halloween became a favorite holiday.

    Beth was the first person we told when Brian and I got engaged. Of course, because we were so close, she had a way of walking into our house without knocking (ala Kramer on Seinfeld) and interrupted our celebration, but we were happy to share the news with her first. Brian and I got married in 2000 and Beth and Steve did the same in 2001 so there was lots of fun lead up to both of those things as we led somewhat parallel lives.

    I remember Beth being pregnant with the girls and we would go get pedicures and eat lunch at Dos Gringos and how much they struggled (in the way any parent does) in the beginning with managing twins. Brian and I loved to go over and babysit and give them a chance to go out and of course it jump started our own nesting urge.

    I vividly remember her phone call to me the day after Christmas when the girls turned one. She had gotten the news that she had breast cancer. I was in Richmond and not close enough to rush over, which was so difficult. I went with her to buy a wig and she opted to let the hairdresser shave her head so she didn’t have to deal with the stress of her hair actually falling out in handfuls. It was a beautiful wig, but in the end, she hated the itchiness of it and rarely wore it.

    I had my son Aiden a year and half after the girls were born and the kids grew up together for almost 2 years before we moved to Nantucket. Cancer was being managed at that point and we all spent a lot of time together as families, our relationships having changed from single friends to spouses and parents and homeowners. Our kids always did Halloween together on Lamont Street in Mt. Pleasant, although our celebrations were much tamer than the parties we used to attend.

    Beth and Steve and girls were able to make a trip up to Nantucket a few years ago, while I was pregnant with Kyle and once again, the kids had a great time together and something I hope Steve will continue to do with the girls in the future. The day I called Beth to tell her that Kyle was born was the day she told me her cancer had metastasized. She didn’t want to tell me on such a happy day, but I’m glad she did. I’ll never forget the complicated emotions of that day.

    Last April I turned 40 and in May so did my husband and a bunch of friends so we had a big party in DC so we could spend it together. Beth was thin but beautiful, and there was still so much light in her eyes. She was feeling good that week so we had a great visit.

    I love that my relationship with Beth has spanned so many years in which we our lives changed so much. We had great times just the 2 of us, or with big group outings and we matured and fell in love and got married and bought houses and had babies and raised children together. I love that we shared so much of that together and the thought of losing her is heartbreaking. I hope our children will always be friends and I will do everything I can to keep her alive in their hearts and minds as well.


  59. Calebon 25 Aug 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I first came to POGO as an intern back in 2003, and returned four years later as an investigator in 2007. I was proud to become, and am still happy to be a member of the POGO family. With the loss of Beth, I feel like I have lost that crazy aunt who always pinches your cheeks and buys you ugly reindeer sweaters for Christmas. She was a huge part of both of my stops at POGO, and a huge part of the reason I fell in love with the place. She was always sweet and encouraging but never afraid to smack me upside the head when I needed it. I can’t imagine POGO without her and it pains me that I didn’t get to see her again. My heart goes out to her ohana, both biological and POGO-gical.

  60. Jesselyn Radackon 25 Aug 2010 at 4:53 pm

    My heart and prayers go out to Beth’s family. I met her when I was in the throes of my own whistleblower ordeal, and she inspired me to dedicate my life to whistleblowers.

    More recently, we had been professional counterparts.

    Beth may not have changed the world, but she definitely shoved it in the right direction.

  61. Todd Bowerson 25 Aug 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I remember when I first came into contact with POGO. I still had the grit of Iraq behind my ears, the confusion of reintegration overwhelming my mind and a body that was worn out. There were a few months when I had no idea what to do with myself. My student loans had run out so school was no longer an option. The congressman I had worked for was no longer in office. My social life was less than existent. It was a tough time in my life and one of first times I ever felt that I was not making a difference in the world.

    The bright light that is POGO came into my life out of nowhere. I was forwarded a job announcement from a friend regarding an opening for government oversight work. As I read through the job listing for a defense investigator I thought to myself “I can’t do this at all.” But as I read more about POGO and the work they do I realized that I had been a defense investigator for years and didn’t even know it through all of my military experiences and observations. As I clicked through the POGO website and read reports, memos and blogs about corrupt defense contractors all of the content had a unifying theme. Beth. She was the backbone of everything that motivated me to apply for the job.

    I think it was a Tuesday afternoon in February when I went in for the interview. I sat at the conference table with a majority of the POGO staff staring at this young, confused, and in many ways, disheveled Marine. I really wanted the job, but the intimidation was overwhelming and I thought I was going to blow it. As I scanned the room I looked for a face of inspiration. A face that I could confide in and make a connection to. I saw Scott who gave that lawyer dead mans stare- no go. I looked at Peter who I thought wanted to reach across the table and choke me- no go. Danielle and Keith were there too but they were the head honchos- no go. Then there was this smiling face looking back at me. Black curly hair that made me smile. Glasses that made me know she was a bright as her smile. It was Beth- good to go.

    It was one of the proudest moments in my life when I was hired. I knew POGO took a chance with this young Marine and wanted to contribute to POGO as much as I could. But I also knew that my contributions would be dwarfed by what I was going to learn from new colleagues. My lessons in government oversight, defense contracting and transparency all came down to Beth. From the first day I walked in the door, that same smile was always there to answer questions and teach me. Beth taught me how hard work can pay off. She taught me that taking the time to get everything right and then sharing it with the world actually can make a difference. More importantly, she taught me that just one voice can make a difference.

    I do not think there is a day when I look back at my life and do not think of my time at POGO. And for me, POGO is Beth. All of her wisdom, hard work and passion has taught me that life is the greatest gift from the world and what we do with it is the greatest gift to the world.

    I don’t know where I would be right now without Beth being a part of my life.

    To you Beth, I will and always will be, Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) to making this world a better place.

  62. Kelli Baldwinon 26 Aug 2010 at 7:58 am

    Beth was such a kind and inspirational person, not only for her dedicated work ethic to POGO, but also for the way in which her love for her family and for her girls was so obvious when she spoke of them. I was only an intern with POGO for a short while, but I will always remember the warm and caring woman she seemed to be–and at the same time a model of strength in how she handled her illness. My deepest condolences to her family.

  63. Lisa Baumgartner Bondson 26 Aug 2010 at 10:09 am

    When I look through photos of my 15 year journey in DC, there is one person in almost all of them: Beth D. I know it’s selfish, but, when she died on Sunday morning, I felt like a huge piece of my life was ripped away–my heart broke, literally.

    I haven’t known life — personal and professional — in DC without Beth. We played together, travelled together, worked together, and began to become adults together. Although I feel blessed to have had as much time as I did with Beth, it wasn’t enough damn it.

    Beth shaped my career and turned me on to nonprofit work. We served as each other’s career and life advisors and I am going to be lost without her. Beth was the first person that told me to embrace my horrible impatience–she let me know that it would be essential to the work I do. She was right.

    Beth wasn’t always “easy” to be with or work with. I am quite sure that I will never know anyone as stubborn as she was. In return for her insight that my impatience was a gift, I was able to help Beth embrace her outrageous, incredible, impenetrable stubbornness. Not many people could make such a difficult quality–being wildly stubborn–into a gift from the angels–but Beth certainly did.

    One story from my “times with Beth” file epitomizes who she was to me and many others… We spent 3 fabulous weeks together in Italy. One of our goals while there was to climb Mt. Vesuvius. 99.9% of the people who climb Mt. Vesuvius drive half way up the volcano, park their car, and walk up the short, easy, lovely paved trail to the summit–in about 15 minutes. Not Beth Daley.

    Beth insisted that we not join those boring lemmings — we would see more and enjoy everything more if we blazed our own trail. She had read about an almost secret, impossible to find and follow trail on the back side of Vesuvius. You didn’t argue with Beth in situations like this, so, off we went. After about four arduous, hot, sweaty, righteous and beautiful hours–we reached the summit. The park ranger dude saw us come up the less populated side of the volcano and came over to see if we were ok. He told us that almost no one climbed that way without getting lost or injured. Beth threw her head back and laughed (if you knew her, you know that the laugh was distinctive) a huge laugh. The ranger said that each year, almost 500,000 people “climb” Mt. Vesuvius the easy way. When Beth asked how many people each year climb the better, more stunning way he replied, “Two. Usually crazy Americans like you.”

    That’s classic Beth — blazing trails, never afraid of what it might take to live in the better way — no matter how hard it might be. She knew the truth and she lived it: good things, things worth fighting for were always more difficult, painful, heartbreaking, beautiful and meaningful and rewarding.

    Thanks Beth for you love, your laughter and your life. While I still refuse to imagine life without you, us BOARs are going to all we can to make sure that your work, your laughter, your stubbornness and spirit lives on…

    XO Dearie, Lisa B.

  64. Maripage Grubicon 26 Aug 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Beth and I were housemates with 6 other people in a fantastic Mt. Pleasant row house around 1996. Over the years our friendship drifted, as sometimes they do in life. We stayed in touch periodically, but hadn’t seen one another in many years. Still Beth was one of those friends one never forgets.

    The things I remember best about Beth are her confidence and passion, she could really stand her ground in a debate, she always had a smile on and appreciated a good laugh, she was determined and driven and no-one could boss her around. And she could kick-ass at pool. Even after a few margaritas. (I learned early to never play against the woman…she was a shark!)

    Beth is/was an inspiration… a tough, strong woman, not afraid to fight to do the right thing, who didn’t apologize for her power in her work space, entirely Feminine and Woman, with an ability to teach, to love and to inspire others to do their best.
    Beth leaves a remarkable legacy of which her daughters and family should be so proud. And I hope to god one of her daughters inherited her cut-throat, kicking-ass, game of pool.

  65. Janis Ford Ahernon 26 Aug 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I’m heartbroken for Beth’s parents, sister, husband and daughters. I can tell by reading the wonderful, heartfelt posts above how much she was loved. I hadn’t seen Beth since she was a young lady. Steve and Georgeanna were dear friends of my girls’ father and me.

    I’m now living in NH and my Neice is Danni above. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found Beth on Danni’s facebook page. Now my heart is broken for this wonderful, loving family. It sounds like she has really left her mark on the world and in the hearts of those who knew her well. I am so sorry.

  66. Nate Meyeron 27 Aug 2010 at 11:49 am

    I wish I knew Beth better… Sadly, she was out of the office during most of my time at POGO. The few times that I did interact with her were times that she brought her daughters to the office too, and they were wonderful. When they were in the office, both Beth and her daughters brought even more life into what was already a vibrant environment. I know that she will be missed by everyone at POGO.

  67. Debbie Katzon 27 Aug 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Writing about Beth is a very daunting task. I am a lawyer. I write short, declarative statements for a living. Not good enough. For Beth, i want to write like Pablo Neruda. Something like Ode to a Beautiful Woman or Ode to a Mother Who Fought So Hard for Her Girls or Ode to a Warrior.

    In my grief, i have thought a lot about how best to honor Beth’s life — and how to be more of what Beth was — tenacious, and audacious and bold and brave and committed and funny. Very, very funny. Her laugh was infectious. Her humor was smart and bodacious. How can I — how can we — carry on where she left off — with her work, with her friends, with her vision of the world?

    We did good work together. And we had tremendous fun doing it. Beth loved fighting the good fight. She was always smart and strategic. Beth was always so generous with her time and attention that it was humbling. She delighted in and adored her girls and did everything in her power to be with them as long as possible. She loved her husband. She loved her life.

    The fact that she is no longer with us is cruel and wrong. And frankly, i am furious that breast cancer continues to be the scourge that it is and that it continues to claim the lives of our friends and lovers and mothers and wives and children. And that it has claimed the life of our wonderful friend Beth Daley. In closing, i want Traci and Ginger to know that their mom was beloved and special to so many of us. When i think of her, i think of a poem by Marge Piercy called “To Be of Use.” Here it is:

    To Be of Use

    By: Marge Piercy

    The people I love the best
    jump into work head first
    without dallying in the shallows
    and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
    They seem to become natives of that element,
    the black sleek heads of seals
    bouncing like half-submerged balls.

    I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
    who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
    who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
    who do what has to be done, again and again.

    I want to be with people who submerge
    in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
    and work in a row and pass the bags along,
    who are not parlor generals and field deserters
    but move in a common rhythm
    when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

    The work of the world is common as mud.
    Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
    But the thing worth doing well done
    has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
    Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
    Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
    but you know they were made to be used.
    The pitcher cries for water to carry
    and a person for work that is real.

    Even at the end — when Beth was very, very sick and all treatments had failed — she insisted that she was lucky. She truly appreciated the life she had. I am very sorry that it was cut so short. I join a large community in saying that I miss her terribly.

    My condolences to you — Steve, Traci and Ginger; and to everyone else who had the good fortune to have Beth in their lives and feels the pain of her absence.

  68. Glenn Walpon 28 Aug 2010 at 10:19 am

    In 2002, when Steve Doran and I were experiencing some trying personal times, I had the blessing to communicate with Beth on many occassions. She was always kind, considerate and understanding, and did much to help Steve and I through our turbulent times; more then she knew. Always listened, always understood, always cared, and it all came from her loving and sensitive heart. She is missed indeed, but I know she now rests in the bosom of the Almighty, in her most deserved peace and comfort.

    My deepest sympathies to her loved ones who await on this earth until the day they are reunited with their beloved Beth.

  69. Laura MacKenzieon 28 Aug 2010 at 2:47 pm

    As a group house for 30 years+ 1854 Wyoming earned a reputation for housemates having interests in causes to improve the world in some way. From when it first began as an anti-Viet Nam war group, people who lived there over the years worked or volunteered for to antiapartheid, The Guardian, anti-nuclear issues, children in need, the earth, and on. Beth joined as one of nine. She was as passionate for her causes as she was about having fun and certainly added much creativity to the Halloween Parties and fund raisers for various groups held in 1854. I saw her only once after she moved on, in a food store, with her two darling, rambunctious girls. She looked so beautiful and still had those sparkling eyes. I heard about her death through a mutual old housemate friend and was deeply saddened. As I read through her obituary and all the annectdotes above, I am amazed at how much life she crammed into her short one. My heart goes out to her family; I am sure she will be so proud of her daughters’ life choices as she was supportive of ours.

  70. Charlie Crayon 31 Aug 2010 at 11:17 am

    I am still stunned. This is a big loss for the community of activists and contract reform advocates.

    Although I didn’t work closely with Beth, the few times I recall leaning on her for help revealed how persistent and clear-minded she could be.

    My condolences to Steve and the family, as well as Beth’s colleagues at POGO.

  71. James Grimaldion 02 Sep 2010 at 12:48 pm

    My sincere condolences to Beth, her family and her Pogo colleagues and to all who knew and worked with Beth. While her loss is painful, her legacy lives on in POGO. We will remember Beth for her commitment to seeking the truth and justice for those who have the courage to expose the truth.

  72. Ralph Scotton 03 Sep 2010 at 8:06 am

    I got to know Beth during the campaign she helped lead to save Klingle Valley a few years ago. She was an inspiring leader who often opened up her home for strategy meetings. Everything others say here about her warmth, humor, dedication and professionalism was evident, even in this completely voluntary struggle. Lots of cold hours collecting petitions on street corners in Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and elsewhere and hot afternoons picketing City Hall and working street fairs. I have a nice photo of Beth dressed up as a tree from this period. We were sure we’d lost that campaign several times before we finally won it. It takes a special kind of person to keep fighting when it looks like defeat is almost certain. The city and the world will miss Beth deeply.

  73. bryanon 03 Sep 2010 at 9:18 am

    Wanted to share this piece on Beth by POGO Founder Dina Rasor:


  74. Denise Woodson 20 Sep 2010 at 8:12 am

    Beth, will always be remembered for her fire and brimstone that could light up the world and create good out of ash! Though I have not seen her in 20 years reading about her leaves memories crashing through my brain and I mourn her death and the loss to the good fight. She did more than most do in a life time and with twins. I hold them and her husband in my heart. She was not perfect as no one is, but pretty damn close. Her spirits is still rocking the world. Thank you Beth for all you have done to make the world a world a place you daughters would want to live in. They are blessed in so many ways.

  75. Marie-Louise Clarkon 06 Jan 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Just learning of Beth’s passing now; I knew she was near the end of her battle.

    In honor of Beth Marie Daley: a true friend, activist and one of the smartest and most compassionate human beings I’ve known. I am touched by Beth’s committment to her work and how it made such a diiference for people. As you all know, she loved her work and her cause did not go unnoticed.

    I now live on the west coast, so I did not know Beth as a Mother or wife, but I am sure she pulled that role off as well as she did all others with a loving smile and infused with laughter. Beth made people feel cared for because her heart and spirit were big enough to look beyond herself and walk in other peoples’ shoes.

    We met in DC in our ealry 30’s. She was my neighbor and friend. She and I and a bunch of other friends would gather weekly to make dinner, party, laugh and watch movies together. I rememebr one of her specialities was chicken and a blues cheese dressing salad with fancy lettuce. She was a gourmet.

    Beth was beautiful inside and out. We called her Elizabeth after the famous E. Taylor. I also traveled across country a decade ago with here. She was easy going and I remember always willing to admit her fobiles (which seemd like very few and minor). Beth’s life and her unfortunate passing inspire me to be a better person, step out of focusing on my own little problems and to be grateful. She was taken way to young. Think of how much more she would have done in her career and personal life! The world is at a loss. Blessing to her daughters, husband, family and many colleaugues and friends. No forgetting Beth!

  76. Douglas Kinanon 31 Mar 2011 at 8:05 am

    I didn’t know Beth Daley, but I do know of her strength and struggle because my wife contracted breast cancer at the age of 29 and died in 1983, at the young age of 36.

    One thought that comes to mind is how such a bright light, Beth Daley, who was blessed with enormous quality and goodness and a desire to make this world a better place had to leave, while so many low character individuals flourish and thrive off the misery they intentionally create for others.

    To those of you who knew her, you were just plain lucky to have such a friend. To those of us who didn’t know her, we were lucky too, to have her on our side.

    Condolences to her family. There is no doubt that she left her indelible high quality character traits in the hearts and minds of her children.


  77. Jonathan M. Eisenbergon 12 Jul 2012 at 1:06 am

    When I was a junior in college in spring 1991, I was an intern for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, where I met Beth, then a permanent staffer there. She was so committed to social justice…and so, so much fun to work with. Beth made me fall out of my chair laughing at her witty comments and stories that I still remember. I stayed in contact with Beth for a few years, but then fell out of touch…but, of course, could never forget her. So charismatic and smart and vibrant; the kind of person who naturally makes everybody around her happier. I looked Beth up on the Internet a few days ago, to try to get back in touch after many years, and I learned that she’s gone from this world. Wow, is that hard to believe. It really is. She was so good. I give my deepest condolences to her family.

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