Mayo Clinic remembers Cokie Roberts, Mayo trustee

Mayo Clinic remembers Cokie Roberts, Mayo trustee

September 17, 2019 02:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Longtime political reporter and analyst with ABC News and NPR died at the age of 75.

Roberts joined ABC News in 1988 and was co-anchor with Sam Donaldson of the Sunday political show "This Week" from 1996 to 2002.

She also joined the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees in 2016.

Gianrico Farrugia, Mayo Clinic President & CEO issued this statement, "We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing earlier today of our dear friend and Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees member, Cokie Roberts. We are grateful we had the honor and pleasure of working with Cokie. She exemplified integrity and compassion. 

One of America's pioneering female journalists, Cokie had a passion for history and deep admiration for the Sisters of Saint Francis. During her keynote speech at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine commencement ceremony in May, 2018, she said, 'Oh yes, I know all about the marvelous Mayo brothers and their remarkable father … but if it hadn't been for a pushy nun who wouldn't take 'No' for an answer, Saint Marys Hospital would never have been built, and what became known as Mayo Clinic might not have ever existed.'

Many things will be written and recalled in the coming days about Cokie's remarkable career and amazing life, but most importantly, great leaders leave their mark on humanity. We are all better for having known Cokie."

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