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9:48am EDT August 20, 2004
Born: 1940, Gloucester, Mass.

Education: Bachelor's degree in history, Yale; master's degree in public affairs, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton

First job: Training associate, the Ford Foundation, Rio de Janeiro

Career moves: Increasing responsibility within Ford Foundation's Latin American Program, including four years in Brazil and nearly four years in Chile, 1964-1974; program officer for Public Policy and Social Organization, Ford Foundation, New York City, 1974-1977; special assistant to the secretary, then deputy undersecretary, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C., 1977-1979; special guest, Bookings Institution, Washington, D.C., 1980; president, Inter-American Foundation, Rosslyn, Va., 1980-1983; senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C., 1984-1986; president, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York City, 1986-1995; president, CARE USA, Atlanta, 1995-present

Boards: Co-chair, board of directors, Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C.; member, board of governors, Bernard Van Leer Group Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands; member, board of trustees, World Peace Foundation, Boston

Residence: Atlanta

What is the greatest business lesson you've learned? The most important lesson I've learned is that you and your organization cannot stand still. We must keep learning, adapting and growing, while always remaining principled -- and fixed on our long-term vision and purpose.

What is the greatest business challenge you've faced? Within CARE, we've faced tremendous challenges in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and then the war in Iraq. First, as Americans turned inward to care for their own after the attacks, our fund-raising became problematic -- at the very time it was most needed.

Second, CARE has always worked in difficult and sometimes dangerous settings around the world, but today, we face risks to the security of staff as never before. Despite these challenges, we've stayed very much on mission and continue to grow, thanks mainly to a dedicated and energized staff. We've also been fortunate to have the support of a wonderfully engaged board of directors.

Whom do you admire most in business? The person I most admired in CARE's line of work was Patrick Carey, a 30-year CARE veteran who died on May 28 from multiple sclerosis. His last assignment was as our senior vice president for program. Pat had a razor-sharp mind and a heart so big that it encompassed the whole world.

He was a man who lived by his principles and who was not afraid to make hard decisions. Pat had a great sense of humor and a rollicking laugh that nearly shook the building. He was absolutely dedicated to advancing our shared vision of a better world, and was prepared to go to the ends of the earth to do so.