in-memoriam

Friends Remember Jake Brewer, Beloved White House Staffer

Brewer, left, with former Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni at her wedding. (Photo by Nancy Pastor, courtesy of Christina Bellantoni)

Jacob Thomas “Jake” Brewer, a White House staffer who had worked at Change.org, the Sunlight Foundation and the Energy Action Coalition, died on Sept. 19 after a cycling accident. He was 34.  

Messages flooded social media from distraught friends and people who celebrated Brewer as a loyal friend with a big heart, someone who viewed public service as both a lifelong calling and noble pursuit. In June, Brewer left his role as general manager of external relations at Change.org to work for the Obama administration as a senior policy adviser in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.  

Former Staffer, Cancer Advocate Chip Kennett Dies at 34

Kennett, with wife Sheila, son Joe, and daughter Crosby, died Jan. 17 at age 34. (Jennifer Hughes photo via Facebook)

Updated Jan. 19 | Bayard Winslow “Chip” Kennett II, a former Capitol Hill staffer whose personal battle with lung cancer helped push Congress to take action , died Saturday. He was 34.  

On Jan. 12, Kennett went to the hospital with shortness of breath. He had been scheduled to travel to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to complete the screening process for an experimental treatment. The Kennetts remained optimistic, keeping their friends and family apprised of their progress on Facebook and their blog, Team Kennett .  

Arnie Thomas, Veteran Washington News Man, Dies at 66

Arnie Thomas , a former senior vice president at CQ Roll Call, former director of LEGI-SLATE at The Washington Post, president of the A Thomas Group and mentor to scores of co-workers over the years, died of a heart attack on April 12. He was 66 years old.  

Thomas was an advocate for his colleagues and believed that the best way for them to do great things was to encourage them to be authentic. In an interview with CQ Roll Call , he said, “To be authentic, you will never need to take off your masks and reinvent yourself. It takes so much time and energy to put the masks on and so much drama to take them off. Integrity defines you as a person of trust, and trust will continue to open the doors to opportunities.”