My late mother, Margaret Bowley (at that time Margaret Davenport) worked for Jack in the 1970's and early 1980's as his personal secretary when he was a lobbyist and shared an office on L Street with Judge Garibaldi.
Those were some of the happiest days of her life because of the work environment he created and the wonderful boss that he was. As a single mother who struggled to make ends meet he allowed her to do extra work for other lobbyists during her regular working hours and I think he provided those opportunities through his business contacts. Not a common thing for an employer to do. He also paid her a pension in addition to her salary which was and still is unheard of for a private individual employer to do. But that was Jack, generous to a fault.
He was incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable in so many areas yet a most unassuming man. Never boastful or having to be the center of attention although clearly he had plenty to boast of. When I was a child I found him to be a very serious person at all times. But that can't be completely right because I also remember the crowd that gathered at lunch time in his office's conference room to watch "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" during those years that it was on T.V. They all thought that was the most hysterical thing they had ever seen.
It was an exciting, fun place for my mother to work and he and Nadine always treated her as their equal, not as a subordinate. My whole family has always had tons of respect for Jack Crose. He was a very impressive and respectable man. I feel honored to have known him.
I send my sincere condolences to you Nadine, for losing your partner that you shared such a great and varied life with. I only wish I'd sent them sooner. And my condolences to you Jana, though it's been many years since I've seen you.
Megan, my heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry. You must be devastated by his passing because I know how close you were to him. I know you adored your father and shared a special bond with him throughout most of your life. His passing must leave a huge hole in your heart. I hope that time will eventually help soften the pain. I can't think of anything else to say to make you feel better. I love you and think about you all the time.
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