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Kakoli Rroy (Friday, September 05 14 10:25 pm EDT)

 

So many around the world are celebrating their teachers today. Sept 5 is teachers day! And I thought of the one teacher (aside from my parents), whose influence surpasses that of all of my teachers combined. Most of all, I miss his humor and his calm and caring presence which always reaffirmed "purpose" in me even when I was in my wavering worst. And every time I read a brilliant book or watch a fabulous/fun film, I miss not being able to share or discuss it with him. And I was just one of many mentees. So just wanted Maria, Gabriella and Mrs. Thacker to know that Dr. Thacker is remembered and continues to inspire so many of us every day. Thank you for sharing him with so many of us.

 

Garry Beaty(Tuesday, May 20 14 10:56 pm EDT)

 

I just learned of Steve's passing. I was a classmate in the 60s at Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri. I think we knew that Steve was destined for something big.... but no idea how far he
would go. Very interesting to learn of his legacy. My prayers to his family.

 

Jen Brown EIS 2003(Monday, March 17 14 04:25 pm EDT)

 

Just wanted to let you know that I thought about your dad today.

 

May Chu(Wednesday, December 04 13 10:03 am EST)

 

It has been a year when I learnt of Steve's diagnosis while at a conference in South Africa. His presence is felt nearly everyday with many of us who worked with him. Here is wishing the family well and to know we do remember him and try to live up to expectations as a public health servant.

 

John Abbotts(Wednesday, November 20 13 10:12 pm EST)

 

This is going to be anti-climactic, but I received a note that my comment last night was being edited before posting. It has not been posted yet, so I offer the following material if it can be
incorporated into my earlier comments. If not, then I will just load it here:

First, I should note that I only recently heard of Steve's death through the Class of 1969 Alumni notes; I hope that explains my lateness in commenting.

Second, I figured out how to load the link for the article on the Pyne Prize, at:
http://theprince.princeton.edu/princetonperiodicals/cgi-bin/princetonperiodicals?a=d&d=Princetonian19690222-01.2.7&srpos=1&e=------196-en-20--1--txt-IN-pyne+prize+thacker----

If this link works, it takes one to a page with text on the left, and the article, including Steve's photo, in a tie, on the right. There is also a pdf option on the page, and it provides an image of
the entire day's issue. My electronic mistakes were in trying to copy the link to the pdf, rather than the link to the page.

Lastly, I wish to commend Ms. Goethe for the dignity and courage she showed during her presentation at the ceremony. It did not escape my attention, and I imagine that of the audience either, that her name was followed by MPH. Speakers talked of the "social DNA" that was part of Steve's legacy. It was reassuring to see evidence that his genetic DNA was passed on as well.

In saying that, if I read the pages on this site correctly, Ms. Goethe is the webmaster who will edit the posts. If that is the case, then she should feel free to keep as much of this private, if she
wishes; and to incorporate the link to Prince article only if she thinks that it would be a meaningful addition.

Thank you, Ms. Goethe, for your consideration, and for your grace under difficult circumstances.

 

John Abbotts (Tuesday, November 19 13 10:33 pm EST)

 

I was moved by the tribute to add my own remembrance. I was a roommate of Steve during our undergraduate Junior year. He was an approachable and modest person, yet displayed all the attributes that speakers at the Memorial described: a wry sense of humor, occasionally directed at me; serious scholarship; and a strong sense of social justice. Steve was co-winner of the Pyne Prize Senior year. This is described as the highest general award that Princeton University can grant to an undergraduate. I dug through university archives and found the announcement. I do not seem to be able to link to the article, but some text about the award and Steve follows:

The award goes annually to the senior who, in the judgment of the president, the dean of the college, the dean of students and the secretary of the university, has demonstrated "excellent scholarship, manly qualities, and effective support of the best interests of the university."
Thacker, a student of the biochemical sciences, has had a key role in planning "Summer in the
Cities," a program which places Princeton scholarship students in
anti-poverty jobs during the summer vacation. In addition, Thacker has coordinated the new "Winter in the Cities" program, which involves students in term-time community action projects.
The Kansas City, Mo., native plans a career in community medicine.
A member of Wilson College, he is writing his thesis on a community health center in Brooklyn.

And the article is accompanied by a photo of Steve in a tie; he must have consented for that special occasion.

I remember playing intramural basketball with Steve; and a squash lesson where he demonstrated strategy by playing shots that I could not reach, at least not without banging my racquet into the wall.
When his Mom came East for graduation, she stayed in my mother's house in NJ. I also arranged a double date with Steve, myself, and two women from my High School.

Steve and I went on separate paths after college, but he became one of our more notable classmates whose accomplishments I could follow via Class Notes.

My own medical problems developed in 2007, when I was diagnosed with Churg-Strauss, an autoimmune disease. The resulting vasculitis caused a minor stroke, with some memory loss and nerve damage toboth legs; I can still walk, but with a permanent limp. The disease is controllable with daily immune-suppressing meds.

Steve is an inspiration to us all. I can never hope to approach his accomplishments, but he inspires me to keep trying to do a little more good before my time is up.

Thank you Steve, for being a positive example in my life.

 

Mia Hill (Wednesday, November 06 13 02:36 pm EST)

 

I think about Dr. Thacker often. I miss pulling into the parking deck at the same time in the mornings and seeing him in the office. I even saw old emails from him the other day. I hope you all are doing well. May God continue to cover and comfort each of you. His memory lives on.

 

Bonnie McClendon (Friday, June 28 13 03:06 pm EDT)

 

I think about Dr. Thacker daily. I've worked in his office for 15 years, speaking almost on a daily basis. He was a kind man. His demeanor will always influence me in my daily work as his phrase now has been inherited "I am here to serve". That was his parting phrase to me whenever I needed him to sign off on documents or to share his knowledge on something. Dr. Thacker was truly one of a kind. I think about him often as I know you all do. May you be strengthened by your faith.

 

Raouf R Arafat (Monday, June 10 13 07:43 pm EDT)

 

Steve was a good friend. We had fun together since 1981 when I met him in Belbeis Egypt for the first time. I met his wife and kids long time a go. He was a great man. I was missing him and decided to see him. I visited him about 2 years ago in his office and as usual we had fun remembering our memories together. He loved his family more than anything. He was an amazing reader. I never met him without a book in his hand. He supported me when I moved to this country with my family. I miss him already. My condolence to his beautiful wife and his kids. I wish I can do anything to minimize your sadness. You will always have family in Houston if you need anything.

 

Muhammad Shakir Balogun (Saturday, April 27 13 10:41 am EDT)

 

You are indeed a bright light that has illuminated public health and epidemiology. I am inspired, fired by your accomplishments. Good nite, Steve.

 

Lindy (Monday, April 15 13 10:45 pm EDT)

 

So sorry for your loss. I lost my young husband to CJD in Dec. This had devasted our life. I have four kids and now live month to month. We will never be the same . I pray we all find peace, hope and
make sense of this rapid disease . I feel your grief , lindy

 

Doc Muhlbaier (Monday, April 15 13 11:06 am EDT)

 

I hadn't talked to Steve in some years; I just saw the obit in the Med-Alumni news. We worked together with Eva Salber at Duke (early 70's). I'll miss him, as will you all.

 

Jean Clare Smith, MD, MPH (Friday, April 05 13 09:39 pm EDT)

 

Still thinking of Steve every day, and still hard to believe this could have happened to such a remarkable man. Thinking of your family, and hoping that knowing he was so, so important to so many people, will help you during your time of loss and grief. Jean (EIS 1992-94)

 

MARTHA BOISSSEAU (Friday, April 05 13 04:09 pm EDT)

 

Thank you for contact with us still, now that Steve's gone. I think about you all often and pray your strength as you continue this journey without him. May God continue to bless you and please keep
in touch. I so enjoy reading about how you all are doing.

 

Angus Nicoll (Sunday, March 10 13 07:12 am EDT)

 

Now I have also found this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k90MjSwXmf0
Which is extraordinary and very moving. Well done Family Thacker
 

Angus Nicoll (Sunday, March 10 13 06:48 am EDT)

 

We in the European CDC also mourn one of the fathers of field epidemiology. The loss of a great man. Clearly also a great family man

 

Kristin Dooley (Saturday, March 09 13 09:26 pm EST)

 

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful today. I'm really going to miss Coach Thacker, he was simply the best...

 

John Drescher (PHA)(Saturday, March 09 13 12:58 am EST)

 

I had the good fortune to work with Steve Thacker over the course of several years. Returning from a three year detail to WHO in India with the Smallpox Eradication Program, I joined the Childhood
Immunization effort in Washington DC in 1977. Soon after my arrival I was called to the office of the chief medical officer to meet and greet the new EIS Officer from CDC. The advance word was that
we had gotten an exceptionally good one, an observation that was amply merited. Years later in Atlanta, I served as Deputy Director and later Acting Director of the Global EIS Program. Although the GEIS program had originally been formed under the International Health Program Office, an internal CDC reorganization made us a part of the Epidemiology Program Office, headed by Steve. I was always appreciative of how our program's transition was made seamless and comfortable due to his considerable efforts. We were not just welcomed but made to feel a part of the family from the start. He was so expert at running the EPO that he made his work appear effortless, a true and rare professional in both medicine and administration. Under Steve even weekly staff meetings were not just informative, but actually enjoyable. He could reliably be counted on for a reasonable discussion of issues, and a thoughtful resolution of problems, all accomplished with disarmingly good nature. His extraordinary capabilities, thoroughgoing decency, and tireless dedication served the cause of public health in immeasurable ways. It was a pleasure to know Steve and to work with him, and I will miss him.

 

Dana Tillman (Friday, March 08 13 03:57 pm EST)

 

I joined the CDC as a contractor in 2008, and Dr. Thacker was one of the first people I met. My first assignment, working at the EIS conference, he welcomed me with open arms. During one of our
breaks he mentioned his family and spoke highly of his daughters. I could sense that he was a proud Papa! We also talked about his love for basketball and that he had some games to coach. Please accept my condolences on behalf of me and my family. When I think about Dr. Thacker there is only one word the comes to mind... Integrity! He will be greatly missed! I will be praying God's strength for your family in this difficult time.

 

Al and Barbara Baumstark (Friday, March 08 13 09:20 am EST)

 

We will always cherish our memories of New Year's Eve get-togethers, of movies at the Regal, and (of course) of basketball, basketball, and more basketball. Steve will forever occupy a special place in our hearts.

 

Richard Ainsworth (Wednesday, March 06 13 10:50 pm EST)

 

I worked with Steve in the 70's at Duke University. He was energetic, intelligent and a good friend. We will all miss him and the contributions he would have continued to make. My thoughts are with
Luz & family.

 

Elizabeth Thompson (Wednesday, March 06 13 11:04 am EST)

 

Dear Maria and Family,
I am saddened to hear of your father's passing. You are in my thoughts.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Elizabeth Thompson

 

Pescha and Ellott Penso (Tuesday, March 05 13 03:40 pm EST)

 

Dear Luz, Maria and Gabriella,
We were so saddened to hear of Steve's illness and passing. Please know we are thinking of you and the family during this difficult time. With love and our deepest sympathy,
Pescha and Elliott Penso

 

Loren Cadena and Family (Friday, March 01 13 04:16 pm EST)

 

Thacker family, know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I worked only a short time with Dr. Thacker but he sure left an impression. He was a wonderful warm human being and he will be missed.
with our deepest sympathy

 

Penny Halkos (Wednesday, February 27 13 12:30 pm EST)

 

Luz and family, our deepest condolences.
May Steve's Memory Be Eternal. Best, Penny & Alex

 

Jane Suen (Monday, February 25 13 05:29 pm EST)

 

I am struggling to write this as though, by putting these words down, I’m finally resigned to the finality of Dr. Steve Thacker’s passing. I choose to remember him as someone smiling, vibrant, full
of energy and passion. I crossed paths with Dr. Thacker in May 1998, when he was the Acting Deputy Director, CDC. I had invited CDC OD to give the Welcome speech at the special Fifth Official CDC/ATSDR Commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Nobel Peace Prize Speaker Bobby Muller (The International Campaign to Ban Landmines: From Novel Concept to Nobel Peace Prize) on Monday, May 18, 1998, presented by CDC/ATSDR Asian-Pacific American Task Force. Although this task is sometimes delegated to someone else, Dr. Thacker chose to come to this program and give a warm welcome on behalf of CDC. This meant so much to me and those working to ban landmines. But I didn’t need to tell you that this was, oh so Steve Thacker.

 

Jimmy A. Harrison (Monday, February 25 13 05:24 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker’s CDC tribute provides an incredible roadmap of the journey and characteristics that a successful CDC Manager and all employees should try and emulate. This event and Dr. Thacker’s life provides us with valuable data on the actions, values, beliefs, mores, and policies that a great human being and manager should bring into the work environment. He accomplished a great deal in public health, but equally important is what he accomplished along the way, which is the impact he made on people’s lives. Watching this event was a cathartic experience for me and I hope to become a better person and employee as a result.

Jimmy Harrison

 

Lisa Reichard (Monday, February 25 13 12:15 pm EST)

 

Dear Luz, Maria and Gabby-

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."

With love,
Lisa Reichard and Claire Reichard

 

Christine Branche (Monday, February 25 13 08:21 am EST)

 

Please accept my deepest sympathies. Steve was a terrific guy who guided me through a few phases of my career. I'm sure you have heard and read that hundreds of times already. Steve was pretty nonplussed about things until he spoke of his family, and that's when he would light up! CDC lost a great public health pioneer too soon, and I lost a teacher too soon.
I pray that God will comfort you.

 

Walt Orenstein (Sunday, February 24 13 04:30 pm EST)

 

I was so sorry to learn of Steve's passing. I had the opportunity to work with Steve over many years, starting with the Legionnaire's Disease investigation in 1976. Steve, as a first year EIS
officer, was given a heavy responsibility - maintaining the line listing of cases and providing periodic analyses of the epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of the cases. I was so impressed with how he handled himself and the immense pressure. I knew greater things would come from his contributions and he lived up to his potential. The world is a better place because of the career path Steve chose and his legacy transcends generations in strengthening our public health infrastructure and better-preventing disease. We all owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude. But that debt is owed to him not only by those alive today but those who will be born, deriving the benefits from his work.

Sincerely,

Walt Orenstein

 

Carol Fludd (Saturday, February 23 13 07:15 pm EST)

 

My prayers are with the family. I will always remember Dr. Thacker as a very warm and friendly person. Whenever we passed each other in the hallways at CDC, he would always smile and greet you.

 

Kakoli Roy (Saturday, February 23 13 05:39 am EST)

 

My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Thacker, Maria, and Gabbi. Please know that there are many, many hearts weeping with you, grieving with you, thinking of you and holding you close in prayer.
Dr. Thacker's legacy, as a gifted and extraordinary scientist and an iconic leader, is immeasurable and will be with us and future generations, but more importantly, and above all, he was such a
remarkable human being, the most remarkable many of us will ever meet - that brilliant ever-curious mind, that warmth and deep compassion, that grace, dignity, and sense of fairness, that rare wit and
sense of humor, and above all, the extraordinary humility; yet never thought of himself as anything but an everyman.


Over these past few months, we quietly observed with deep gratitude, the courage, kindness and grace with which you, the Thacker family, shared this very difficult time in your lives with us, only so
that we may find solace and comfort even if it was at the cost of your privacy. You are truly an amazing family! Dr. Thacker's family defined his core, his three beautiful girls the source of his
happiness - anyone who knew him, knows that. You made him so proud!
Personally, I remain so thankful to Mrs. Thacker for the opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Thacker in late December. That beautiful memory of sitting with him, talking with him, still
connecting with him, will stay with me forever. And as had every meeting in my 9 years of knowing him, even the last meeting left me uplifted, inspired, reminded of that higher purpose, the
mission....except that I did not know it would be the last. I had promised to go back and see him after the holidays...


I was unable to attend the CDC tribute and the recent open houses as I was away in India (with my elderly parents as my mother turned 75; or, as SBT would have said "to try and continue to be a good daughter") but as I watched the event remotely, I shared with both my parents "why" I, as an economist, could be so inspired to work at the CDC (I wasn't an epidemiologist, an EISO, but he mentored me too, from when I was a very junior scientist, always more interested in what I had to say). He truly loved science, all sciences; he loved to nurture; and he cared deeply about the legacy we leave behind. And I wept as I listened to Maria so beautifully speak of her father, for her father, encapsulate so well what he stood for, and about what he might expect of us.
The huge void he leaves, personally and professionally, will stay with so many of us forever; but I also feel grateful for the years of privilege of knowing him, working with him, being mentored by
him and for the endless ways in which he transformed me, inspired me to try and be a better person. And like his many mentees, I do know how I may continue to pay back my endless gratitude to him....


As Dr. Foege said, "his social DNA continues" .... through the work we do, in how we treat others, as we continue to serve.... and strive to pay our tribute to him by just trying to live up to that
example he set before us, his quiet expectation of us.... Do science, serve the mission (not yourselves), strive to do what's right for the agency, try to bring out the best in others, be humble, and above all, and no matter what, (you must) always be nice. That simple, that inspiring, that high a benchmark.


Rest in Peace, SBT. You lived a full and wonderful life; enriched us, the agency, and this world; and truly more than earned your leave... Just that some of us were selfish, and not ready to say
"good bye"...

 

Rikk Guidotti (Friday, February 22 13 05:41 pm EST)

 

 

Dear Lucy, Alicia and I are deeply moved by Steve's passing. We remember our times together back when I was an EIS officer 1979-81, and the years have not erased our love for both of you. God Bless.

 

Evan Thacker (Friday, February 22 13 12:22 pm EST)

 

 

Dear Thacker Family,
Please accept my condolences. I am an epidemiologist and for several years I have been aware of Dr. Thacker because we share not only the same field of work but also the same last name. (Every once in a while, epidemiologists I meet will ask "are you related to Steve Thacker?") I suppose we are distant cousins. Your family will be in my prayers. God bless you all.

 

Tony McDonald (Friday, February 22 13 10:20 am EST)

 

 

May God Bless your soul Doctor and Coach Thacker. Thank you for all you have done for Public Health and Girls Basketball!

 

Bonnie (Thursday, February 21 13 05:33 pm EST)

 

 

To the Thacker Family: I am still in disbelief that such a great person is no longer with us. I loved his everyday phrase, "I am here to serve". It really hits me now and I think of this often,it
makes me want to be a better person. Dr. Thacker always ended his conversation with me "you are so kind as always and I felt the same way about him. My prayers are with the family. God bless you all.

 

CAPT Dan Clne (Thursday, February 21 13 12:15 pm EST)

 

 

RADM Thacker - I had the distinct privilege to work with you during my tour of duty at CDC (2003 - 2009) as the Health Benefits Advisor and ultimately the Director of the Commissioned Corps Personnel Office. You were always willing to assist with the myriad of PHS issues that arose through the years, which were many; selflessly giving your time (always at a premium) and offering sage advice. Sir, you were the epitome of an Officer and Gentleman.

Gone from our sight, but never our memories. Gone from our touch, but never our hearts. May God bless you and the entire Thacker family.

 

Prof Norman Noah (Thursday, February 21 13 10:30 am EST)

 

I was so very very sad to hear about Steve's untimely passing. Although I live in England and so did not have that much contact with him, I was aware of all he had done and his influence on public health. My condolences and best wishes for a long life to his family and colleagues.

Norman

 

Donna and Jerry Howard and Stacy(Thursday, February 21 13 09:56 am EST)

We love you and are greiving with you.

 

Adam Koon(Thursday, February 21 13 08:53 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker family,

Steve had a significant influence on my decision to enter public health and he continued to loosely mentor me when I was at Emory. I was always struck by his candor and warmth. He even took time to meet with me after I left Emory and Atlanta.

I had been meaning to get in touch with him and am greatly saddened to hear of his passing. I think it's quite clear that he will be missed. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

 

bill beery (Wednesday, February 20 13 07:24 pm EST)

 

Steve, rest in peace. Your family and we know that you have truly made a difference in this world - and we knew you would from our time together at Duke in the early 70s.

 

Ken Rose(Wednesday, February 20 13 05:14 pm EST)

 

I'm not someone who was very close with Steve, but I've always judged a man's character by how he treats strangers and how he performs when his perspectives are challenged.

Steve and I happened to workout at about the same time for a few years. In the locker room, he was always gracious and kind in his comments even though we were complete strangers.

Later I got a chance to witness his integrity in a group environment. His perspective was consistent and respectful, but he wasn't afraid to speak truth to power.

Steve was a CDC Leader and gentleman.

 

 

Australia Hoover(Wednesday, February 20 13 03:00 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family:

I was extremely saddened to hear of Dr. Thacker's passing. Dr. Thacker was a dear friend of CDC Federal Credit Union. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Dr. Thacker touched many lives and his legacy will live on for years to come.

 

Australia Hoover (Wednesday, February 20 13 02:59 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family:

I was extremely saddened to hear of Dr. Thacker's passing. Dr. Thacker was a dear friend of CDC Federal Credit Union. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Dr. Thacker touched many lives and his legacy will live on for years to come.

 

Linda Ainsworth (Wednesday, February 20 13 09:25 am EST)

 

I didn't hear of Steve's health until a couple of weeks ago. I'm so sorry. Lucy, I hope you remember me. I'm Linda who use to be married to Alex Perez, Virginia's daughter-in-law. My thoughts and
prayers are with your family. I always knew that Steve's work was important. We use to hang on his every word when he would come home. However, we had no idea the impact he had on the world and the legacy he left. I am grateful for knowing Steve and grateful for that impact.

 

Stirling Close (Wednesday, February 20 13 08:53 am EST)

 

Although I share your sadness, I hope you will have some comfort in knowing Dr Thacker was a leader who made an impact others can only dream of accomplishing!

 

M. Lewis (Wednesday, February 20 13 08:43 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family:
May God bless you and your family. Steve is with GOD watching over you and his daughters.

 

Wayne Early (Wednesday, February 20 13 08:29 am EST)

 

So sorry for your lost. I worked for Dr. Thacker for 4 years and he was always a concerned and fair person. May he rest in peace and my condolences to the family.

 

Sheila Hunter (Wednesday, February 20 13 08:21 am EST)

 

I met Dr. Thacker briefly when I started in the EIS office back in October. I was greeted with a warm smile and without anyone having to tell me of his character, I sensed that he was a warm and
caring man. My thought was later confirmed. I am saddened for your loss, but I know you have plenty of wonderful memories that will get you through the tough road ahead. My prayers are with you during your time of transition.

 

Tracy Wheeler(Wednesday, February 20 13 07:30 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family,
Your husband and father has truly been an inspiration to me, I've had the pleasure in meeting him since I have been working at CDC as a security officer. When he would come to work we would always have great conversations about basketball, coaching, family and other sports. He reminded me of my dad never missing a game with his daughters or coaching some of their games.Your dad and husband is a "GREAT" man and truly will be missed, but never forgotten! Thanks Dr. Thacker....

 

Willis Forrester (Wednesday, February 20 13 07:19 am EST)

 

So sorry for this huge loss.

 

Dick Conlon (Wednesday, February 20 13 05:48 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family,
Steve was a good, good man and we are very proud and blessed to have known him.
Our sincere condolences to you all.

Carole and Dick Conlon

 

Bill and Donna Hungeling (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:51 pm EST)

 

Luz, Maria and Gabby,
Since I first heard of Steve's sickness I have been remembering him and you in my daily prayers. He completed his journey on Friday and is now experiencing his eternal reward. Teresa's daughter
Charlotte was born within hours that same day and I can't help but believe as one is called home another is sent with a mission to carry out. Your dad and husband carried out his mission with
incredible success and is an example for all of us to follow. I am sad at his moving on but know we will one day be reunited with his smile and twinkling eyes.

 

Zanders Wooden (Tuesday, February 19 13 06:00 pm EST)

 

It was hard for me to hear about Dr. Thacker, I remember saying to him, he was the nicest Director I have ever met. He nmde no distinction of who you were and what grade level you were. He always
made me feel I was part of the agency, even though I wss at a lower level. Every morning we would meet in the exercise facility, he ws my encourager and if he did not see me there he would mention
when he saw you "you were not exercising toda." If mny people had his spirit the world would be a better place, I believe in his eyes everyone was somebody. God bless you all!

 

Elaine Bramson (Tuesday, February 19 13 05:53 pm EST)

 

We are so sad about Steve's passing. I know he is in peace with God and will be forever looking down on you keeping you safe and guiding you. The Thacker family is in our prayers and know that God is walking with you through this. Don't let go until you are ready!

 

Julia Zhu (Tuesday, February 19 13 05:08 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker family,
I am deeply saddened by your loss. Our hearts and throughs are with you. Dr. Thanker is an excellent leader and a good mentor. Thank you for sharing Dr. Thacker with all of us, his CDC family.

 

Reggie Mebane (Tuesday, February 19 13 04:53 pm EST)

 

Steve was a great mentor and friend to many including me. His life is the example we all strive to exemplify on our journey. The world is a better place because of his lasting imprint.God Bless you
and rest in peace my friend. --R.Mebane

 

Joanne & Eric Jackson (Tuesday, February 19 13 03:57 pm EST)

 

Our prayers are with you. Dr. Thacker will be missed.

 

A. Hoffman (Tuesday, February 19 13 02:41 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to each of you. You all are in my family's thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

 

N. Neely Kazerouni (Tuesday, February 19 13 02:29 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker's Family, Please accept my condolences. Dr. Thacker and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With his example and leadership, Dr. Thacker made such a tremendous impact on our public health career and service that with no doubt his spirit is content and at peace. With lots of love

 

gayle windham (Tuesday, February 19 13 01:57 pm EST)

 

Very sorry to hear about Steve's passing and so quickly after hearing about his illness. He was such a fixture at CDC and EIS. It won't be the same without him, but he certainly affected many
officers in his time. My condolences to the family and wider community. EIS '83

 

Erica Lowe(Tuesday, February 19 13 12:44 pm EST)

Words cannot express the sadness being felt right now. Dr. Thacker was a gift to all. My prayers are with the family during this difficult time. He will be missed but his legacy will live on.

 

Stephanie Arrindell (Tuesday, February 19 13 12:07 pm EST)

 

My heart is heavy with grief at the passing of Dr. Thacker. He was a fine and honorable man.

May God grant his family peace knowing that he was loved and admired by so many people.

Rest in peace.

 

Jeffrey Sokolow (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:51 am EST)

 

Steve was a stand-up guy, a real mensch (a decent person) and a straight shooter. We at the MMWR deeply respected him and appreciated his support and guidance.

 

Ocelander Mason (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:50 am EST)

 

It is with deep sadness that I write to you all today in respect to your husband and father's passing (Dr. Thacker). Today, my prayers are with you all as you experience God's peace in this difficult
time. Stand in faith knowing that he is in a better place and his memory will never die because of the legacy that he has left behind. Blessings on you all

 

Joyce Millender-Steele (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:50 am EST)

 

Over the weekend as I reflected on Dr. Thacker., I thought about an important lesson I learned from him regarding family. Make sure to put family first…it’s the priority. I recall being in a meeting
w/him, a former CDC Director and other CDC senior leaders. He noted the time and announced that he had to leave because he had to get to his daughter’s practice. I was amazed and so impressed. No one in the room blinked an eye when he got up and left. I never forgot that.

To the family…my prayers go out to you. It was clear that you were extremely important to him and he was extremely important to you. I pray that you’re able to find comfort in knowing how much you
were loved and cherished and how much he was loved and respected.

 

Sakina M. Jaffer (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:46 am EST)

 

I am deeply sad to hear about Dr. Thacker's passing away. May the Almighty bless his soul and give you all strength to bear the loss of such an exceptional human being.
You all are in my prayers.
Amen.

 

Mia Hill (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:38 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sorrowful time. Dr. Thacker was a great person to work with/for. He was one of the first people I would see when we pulled into the parking deck each morning. He will truly be missed. May God comfort you today and in times to come.

 

Deborah Adams(Tuesday, February 19 13 11:33 am EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with your family. Steve will always be a ICON to CDC.

 

Jackie Edwards(Tuesday, February 19 13 11:32 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker family our hearts go out to you. We are deeply saddened by your loss. Thank you for sharing Dr. Thacker with all of us, his CDC family. God Bless

 

Robin Randle (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:26 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family: May God give you Peace and Comfort...please know that you are in my daily thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Thacker thank you for your wisdom, leadership and passion for life.

God Bless

 

Joan Cioffi (Tuesday, February 19 13 10:24 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker family
Steve was a wonderful man and clearly you are an amazing family. Thank you for opening up your lives during this difficult time so that we who knew him could walk this jouney with you. Peace be with your all. Sincerely, Joan Cioffi. (neighbor and CDC staff)

 

Deidre Crocker(Tuesday, February 19 13 10:16 am EST)

 

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Thacker. I was an EIS officer from 2005-2007 and he was a brilliant epidemiologist and wonderful person.

 

Sheila Butler-Wheeler (Tuesday, February 19 13 10:06 am EST)

 

I was so amazed to see a Center Director sorting mail and answering the phone. That was my first meeting with Dr. Thacker while working in EPO! So warm-hearted and such a hilarious fella, with the
same personality today as when I knew him a few years ago. I will truly miss Dr. Thacker. Thank you family for sharing your most intimate moments with us.

 

Andrew Auld (Tuesday, February 19 13 10:03 am EST)

 

My sincere condolences to the Thacker family. Dr. Thacker interviewed me during my application process for EIS in 2006. During the interview he was stern but fair. During EIS we knew him as a very respected leader and he was much admired. I admire the way he lived and worked and hope I learned something from his example.

 

Camille Gonzalez (Tuesday, February 19 13 10:00 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker was AMAZING!!! During the orientation for the pilot CDC PHAP class in 2007 he simply told us to "Be of service"...not to focus on what comes after or career decision etc, simply "Be of
Service"! He is the perfect example of that exact statement which has stuck with me and will continue to be my computer screen saver well into the future!! Thank You Dr. Thacker for your inspiration and legacy!!

 

Zsaneta Stone (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:56 am EST)

 

My deepest sympathies to your family. I hope you find comfort in knowing the legacy he left for you and in you all.

 

AMY REDMON-NORWOOD (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:49 am EST)

 

To the Thacker family,

Please accept my deep sympathy for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I knew him from my work as an editorial project manager for the American Journal of Epidemiology.
He was one of the giants in the field. My love goes out to each of you on your personal loss.

 

Marsha L. Johnson (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:33 am EST)

 

My heart and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I meet Dr. Thacker years ago and he was a very, very nice man. May God bless him as now he is at peace.

 

Jeanetta Churchill (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:12 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker always made me feel welcome on my first job at CDC, working in EPO on the EpiInfo project. Always with a laugh and a smile! You will be missed.

 

T'Ronda Flagg (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:10 am EST)

 

Thank you for putting this together for us in your time of need. Dr. Thacker was a gift and I am glad that I had a chance to know him.

 

Cynthia Whitehead (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:56 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker will be greatly missed. I worked with him several years ago and he was a kind and thoughtful man.

 

Bernadette Ford Lattimore (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:48 am EST)

 

My heart and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Dr. Thacker touched so many lives in so many ways, whether it was his award-winning smile or passion for his work. He will truly be
missed, but his legacy will live on forever. God bless.

 

Michael Cullen (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:26 am EST)

 

Luz,Maria,Gabrielle

Sorry to hear of the passing of Steve. Steve was one of the few people that always took time the time to share a few moments with you. I am so happy to have been able to know Steve and coach with him, he really was a special individual. May God bless all of you. My family and I will keep you in are thoughts and prayers.

 

Joe Tribble(Tuesday, February 19 13 08:23 am EST)

 

Since working at CDC for the last 8 years, Dr. Thacker has been a prominent name that I would hear from time to time. His accomplishments preceded him as one of many very important people working at CDC who have made a tremendous difference during their tenure. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times in passing for various issues - he always seemed to be enthusiastic and concerned for the matter at hand. You could tell he was a kind soul who really cared about our mission here at CDC, and he had the presence that made you feel at ease and confident about his ability to handle anything that came his way. I certainly wish that I could have known Dr. Thacker a bit more – he will certainly be missed by his CDC family here who knew and loved him very much. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you the family during this difficult time.

 

LaGayle Brewer Bliss (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:23 am EST)

 

"Team Thacker," it is with great sadness I write to share my deepest condolences. I met Dr. Thacker years ago (late nineties) while employed with the CDC Foundation. One of my responsibilities was to assist with the facilitation of the annual EIS Alumni Conference activities. From the first time I met Dr. Thacker and EVERY time I saw him thereafter, he always had a contagious smile and something
positive to say. Please take comfort in knowing of the many lives he touched. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will truly be missed!

 

Kathie Keiner (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:19 am EST)

 

To the Thacker Family,

I have read about all the excellent work that Dr Thacker did and admiration people had for him. He was an excellent contribution to our time. My heart goes to to you all. May you find peace in
knowning so many people admired him.

 

Alison (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:17 am EST)

 

Most often ou never realize thhe impact of a person until they are gone and you read their accolades. Though I saw him and spoke on a daily basis, I did not have the opportunity to know him as a person. As I viewed your site, my heart became very heavy as I saw the man I did not know and wish I could have known him better. I see the love and feel it and know that the Almighty will carry you all through to meet him again. Be blessed and cherish those memories. GODspeed to you all!

 

Jean Davis (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:04 am EST)

 

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your love one. My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

 

Sharon Skellie (Tuesday, February 19 13 07:35 am EST)

 

Dear Luz, Maria, Gabrielle, I am so sorry to hear that Dr. Thacker has passed. I will always remember his smile, his positive energy and his love for epidemiology. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. “ - From a headstone in Ireland. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Nelson Adekoya (Tuesday, February 19 13 07:30 am EST)

 

Rest in peace!

 

Onica Blaize (Tuesday, February 19 13 07:27 am EST)

 

My heart aches for the loss of a great person. Dr. Thacker was one of a kind. When you saw him he always had a smile on his face even when he was in deep thought. He loved his family very much. My heart is with you. Your husband/father touched many lives and have helped shape many careers. May God bless you and comfort you in this difficult moment.

 

Lillian Blackwell (Tuesday, February 19 13 07:13 am EST)

 

i am very saddened to hear of Dr. Thacker's passing. He will be so missed. I enjoyed working under his leadership. CDC will not be the same without him. I pray for you Mrs. Thacker and your family and I am thankful for having had the opportunity to prepare a meal for Dr. Thacker and you. If I can be of any assistance to you, please, please do not hesitate to call.
God bless and keep you always in hie care.

Respectfully,

Lillian Blackwell

 

Cat Perry (Tuesday, February 19 13 01:55 am EST)

 

May the road rise to meet you all.

I just wanted to share a great memory I have of a CDC event my mom took me to honoring leaders in the organization. Steve and others were singing "New York, New York" with a health prevention bent: "Weeeeee'd like to stamp out! The diseases! In the world!" It was an endearing moment I won't soon forget.

Thankful for his lead to follow. Be blessed.
Cat

 

Robert Kim-Farley (Monday, February 18 13 10:44 pm EST)

 

As a CDC Colleague and friend, Steve will be greatly missed. My wife and I pray for the progress of his soul and for strength for his wonderful family in this difficult time.

 

David Callahan (Monday, February 18 13 08:41 pm EST)

 

In this time of loss, God bless you and peace be with you.

 

Verna Lamar Welch, EIS '99 (Monday, February 18 13 05:04 pm EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers are with the Thacker family. Dr. Thacker was a great role model to those of us in Public Health. He demonstrated what it meant to truly love your career, giving it 150%, while
maintaining work and life balance.

 

Joseph B Smith(Monday, February 18 13 04:30 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker lived by setting high standards for himself and in influencing those he touched with his intellect, compassion, and character. His loss is huge. We mourn his passing and honor his vast
contibutions to public health and for what he meant to us all.

 

Amanda Niskar (Monday, February 18 13 04:24 pm EST)

 

The emotions are beyond words for the loss of Dr. Thacker. He will live on in each of us who learned from him and continue to learn from him from generation to generation. May all the memories and continued inspirations be a source of comfort at this time of loss.

 

Catherine Bulka (Monday, February 18 13 04:11 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker family, I am so sorry for your loss. I interned in OSELS one summer while getting my MPH and my cubicle was right across from Dr. Thacker's office. I'd frequently see him near the
elevators in his work-out clothes.

For a long time, I had been contemplating between going to medical school vs. getting a PhD in epidemiology, with the eventual goal of applying to EIS. I was lucky enough to get to meet with Dr.
Thacker one on one for an hour or so to discuss my options. For a 23 year old intern, this was a big deal - he was such a legend! He had so many great stories about being an EIS officer and was so
warm and friendly. He was such a great mentor for me, even though I only knew him for such a brief time. You are in my prayers.

 

Eduardo J. Simoes (Monday, February 18 13 04:04 pm EST)

 

Awesome human beings like Steve should never die. He was able to balance an evidence-based and sterile view of the word through science with the certainty of a greater expectation of our deeds to all things living not explained by science. Though I never had a close relationship with Steve we often worked in many shared activities at CDC. In these events I had the opportunity to witness his
positive presence and influence. Plus he was always 'there', watching over and leading the training of young epidemiologists, developing surveillance and many other critical public health issues I
learned and worked for in the past 23 years with CDC. He always had a big and warm smile.

Cynthia Washington(Monday, February 18 13 03:22 pm EST)

I worked with Dr. Thacker briefly in ATSDR. I'm deeply saddened to hear of the passing of this Great man. CDC's leadership team will miss this nobel yet humble spirit, and won't be the same. My family and I will keep you all in our prayers.

 

Marie Josette Murray (Monday, February 18 13 10:10 am EST)

 

I was a contractor at CDC and found Steve to be one of the most genuine, nicest people I've ever met. My heart goes out to you in your time of sadness, which is shared by many.

 

Martha Boisseau (Monday, February 18 13 12:23 am EST)

 

Words can't express the sadness I feel to hear of Steve's passing. I pray you comfort and peace for the days ahead.

 

Sally Varner (Sunday, February 17 13 09:11 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family, We send our our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband and father, Steve. May it help to know that others care for you and are keeping you close in prayer and
thought as you travel this difficult journey. May Almighty God in His great wisdom and compassion keep you in His gentle care and watch over you; and may Dr. Thacker find peaceful rest His arms.
Sincerely, Al, Sally, and 'Little' Sally Varner

 

Sharri Siegmund (Sunday, February 17 13 08:56 pm EST)

 

Prior to retiring in 2003 from Emory-Rollins Schol of Public Health, I used to take the Humphrey Fellows to CDC with Dr. Phil Brachman and Dr. Thacker would present the History of CDC to them. He always presented this in such a wonderfully interesting way. It made such a positive and lasting impression with these international students. I know Dr. Thacker will be sorely missed by all who knew him. God Bless his family.

 

Uncle Dwight Thacker (Sunday, February 17 13 05:48 pm EST)

 

Dear Luz(Lucy), Maria & Gabriella ~ I am so sad! I can only imagine the pain you are felling in the wake of your loss. Steve was a true one-of-a-kind. I've always had a hard time thinking of my
Nephew as a doctor because I remember him playing basketball in his backyard in Independence or going for his daily jog(you should have seen his ragged sneakers) while visiting at his Aunt Lois' in Plattsburg; Of course I know of some of his accomplishments, but Steve always preferred taking about family, not himself. I am truly impressed by Steve's many accomplishments and sentiments expressed here on this web site. I wish for each of you the comfort of the Holy Spirit in dealing with your monumental loss. LoveYa Uncle Dwight

 

Harry J Beecham III MD FACP (Sunday, February 17 13 03:13 pm EST)

 

May Steve's courage, strength of character, and nobility of spirit continue to flow through each of you. May his memory be a blessing to you.
Jim Beecham EIS 76.

 

Chad Helmick (Sunday, February 17 13 03:02 pm EST)

 

Although I didn't work with Steve directly, I very much admired his practical attitude to public health and advancing CDC as a leader in that fieled. We will al miss him.

 

Amanda Conroy Robbins (Sunday, February 17 13 01:34 pm EST)

 

To Luz, Maria and Gabbi,
I was so deeply saddened to learn at mass this morning that your beloved husband and father had passed away. Your family has been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Dr. Thacker wasan amazing man and I grieve your loss. May you find comfort in each other, your family, friends and neighbors and know we are all praying for you.

 

With love,
Amanda and family

 

Karin Blake Granå (Sunday, February 17 13 01:25 pm EST)

 

Dear Luz and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I just want you to know that I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.


With love, Karin Blake (Paul & Åse's daughter)

 

Jan and Dennis Tolsma (Sunday, February 17 13 01:23 pm EST)

 

Jan and I were deeply saddened to learn of Steve's passing. We are so grateful for the gift you gave us to visit with him for a few minutes last Sunday. Steve was a wonderful father and husband and colleague, with a great intellect, a great spirit, and a great heart. That's why the field of public health was so good for him and why he was so good for public health. We will miss him
greatly.


Jan and Dennis Tolsma

 

Australia Hoover(Wednesday, February 20 13 03:00 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family:

I was extremely saddened to hear of Dr. Thacker's passing. Dr. Thacker was a dear friend of CDC Federal Credit Union. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Dr. Thacker touched many lives and his legacy will live on for years to come.

 

Australia Hoover (Wednesday, February 20 13 02:59 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family:

I was extremely saddened to hear of Dr. Thacker's passing. Dr. Thacker was a dear friend of CDC Federal Credit Union. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Dr. Thacker touched many lives and his legacy will live on for years to come.

 

Linda Ainsworth (Wednesday, February 20 13 09:25 am EST)

 

I didn't hear of Steve's health until a couple of weeks ago. I'm so sorry. Lucy, I hope you remember me. I'm Linda who use to be married to Alex Perez, Virginia's daughter-in-law. My thoughts and
prayers are with your family. I always knew that Steve's work was important. We use to hang on his every word when he would come home. However, we had no idea the impact he had on the world and the legacy he left. I am grateful for knowing Steve and grateful for that impact.

 

Stirling Close (Wednesday, February 20 13 08:53 am EST)

 

Although I share your sadness, I hope you will have some comfort in knowing Dr Thacker was a leader who made an impact others can only dream of accomplishing!

 

M. Lewis (Wednesday, February 20 13 08:43 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family:
May God bless you and your family. Steve is with GOD watching over you and his daughters.

 

Wayne Early (Wednesday, February 20 13 08:29 am EST)

 

So sorry for your lost. I worked for Dr. Thacker for 4 years and he was always a concerned and fair person. May he rest in peace and my condolences to the family.

 

Sheila Hunter (Wednesday, February 20 13 08:21 am EST)

 

I met Dr. Thacker briefly when I started in the EIS office back in October. I was greeted with a warm smile and without anyone having to tell me of his character, I sensed that he was a warm and
caring man. My thought was later confirmed. I am saddened for your loss, but I know you have plenty of wonderful memories that will get you through the tough road ahead. My prayers are with you during your time of transition.

 

Tracy Wheeler(Wednesday, February 20 13 07:30 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family,
Your husband and father has truly been an inspiration to me, I've had the pleasure in meeting him since I have been working at CDC as a security officer. When he would come to work we would always have great conversations about basketball, coaching, family and other sports. He reminded me of my dad never missing a game with his daughters or coaching some of their games.Your dad and husband is a "GREAT" man and truly will be missed, but never forgotten! Thanks Dr. Thacker....

 

Willis Forrester (Wednesday, February 20 13 07:19 am EST)

 

So sorry for this huge loss.

 

Dick Conlon (Wednesday, February 20 13 05:48 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family,
Steve was a good, good man and we are very proud and blessed to have known him.
Our sincere condolences to you all.

Carole and Dick Conlon

 

Bill and Donna Hungeling (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:51 pm EST)

 

Luz, Maria and Gabby,
Since I first heard of Steve's sickness I have been remembering him and you in my daily prayers. He completed his journey on Friday and is now experiencing his eternal reward. Teresa's daughter
Charlotte was born within hours that same day and I can't help but believe as one is called home another is sent with a mission to carry out. Your dad and husband carried out his mission with
incredible success and is an example for all of us to follow. I am sad at his moving on but know we will one day be reunited with his smile and twinkling eyes.

 

Zanders Wooden (Tuesday, February 19 13 06:00 pm EST)

 

It was hard for me to hear about Dr. Thacker, I remember saying to him, he was the nicest Director I have ever met. He nmde no distinction of who you were and what grade level you were. He always
made me feel I was part of the agency, even though I wss at a lower level. Every morning we would meet in the exercise facility, he ws my encourager and if he did not see me there he would mention
when he saw you "you were not exercising toda." If mny people had his spirit the world would be a better place, I believe in his eyes everyone was somebody. God bless you all!

 

Elaine Bramson (Tuesday, February 19 13 05:53 pm EST)

 

We are so sad about Steve's passing. I know he is in peace with God and will be forever looking down on you keeping you safe and guiding you. The Thacker family is in our prayers and know that God is walking with you through this. Don't let go until you are ready!

 

Julia Zhu (Tuesday, February 19 13 05:08 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker family,
I am deeply saddened by your loss. Our hearts and throughs are with you. Dr. Thanker is an excellent leader and a good mentor. Thank you for sharing Dr. Thacker with all of us, his CDC family.

 

Reggie Mebane (Tuesday, February 19 13 04:53 pm EST)

 

Steve was a great mentor and friend to many including me. His life is the example we all strive to exemplify on our journey. The world is a better place because of his lasting imprint.God Bless you
and rest in peace my friend. --R.Mebane

 

Joanne & Eric Jackson (Tuesday, February 19 13 03:57 pm EST)

 

Our prayers are with you. Dr. Thacker will be missed.

 

A. Hoffman (Tuesday, February 19 13 02:41 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to each of you. You all are in my family's thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

 

N. Neely Kazerouni (Tuesday, February 19 13 02:29 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker's Family, Please accept my condolences. Dr. Thacker and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With his example and leadership, Dr. Thacker made such a tremendous impact on our public health career and service that with no doubt his spirit is content and at peace. With lots of love

 

gayle windham (Tuesday, February 19 13 01:57 pm EST)

 

Very sorry to hear about Steve's passing and so quickly after hearing about his illness. He was such a fixture at CDC and EIS. It won't be the same without him, but he certainly affected many
officers in his time. My condolences to the family and wider community. EIS '83

 

Erica Lowe(Tuesday, February 19 13 12:44 pm EST)

Words cannot express the sadness being felt right now. Dr. Thacker was a gift to all. My prayers are with the family during this difficult time. He will be missed but his legacy will live on.

 

Stephanie Arrindell (Tuesday, February 19 13 12:07 pm EST)

 

My heart is heavy with grief at the passing of Dr. Thacker. He was a fine and honorable man.

May God grant his family peace knowing that he was loved and admired by so many people.

Rest in peace.

 

Jeffrey Sokolow (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:51 am EST)

 

Steve was a stand-up guy, a real mensch (a decent person) and a straight shooter. We at the MMWR deeply respected him and appreciated his support and guidance.

 

Ocelander Mason (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:50 am EST)

 

It is with deep sadness that I write to you all today in respect to your husband and father's passing (Dr. Thacker). Today, my prayers are with you all as you experience God's peace in this difficult
time. Stand in faith knowing that he is in a better place and his memory will never die because of the legacy that he has left behind. Blessings on you all

 

Joyce Millender-Steele (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:50 am EST)

 

Over the weekend as I reflected on Dr. Thacker., I thought about an important lesson I learned from him regarding family. Make sure to put family first…it’s the priority. I recall being in a meeting
w/him, a former CDC Director and other CDC senior leaders. He noted the time and announced that he had to leave because he had to get to his daughter’s practice. I was amazed and so impressed. No one in the room blinked an eye when he got up and left. I never forgot that.

To the family…my prayers go out to you. It was clear that you were extremely important to him and he was extremely important to you. I pray that you’re able to find comfort in knowing how much you
were loved and cherished and how much he was loved and respected.

 

Sakina M. Jaffer (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:46 am EST)

 

I am deeply sad to hear about Dr. Thacker's passing away. May the Almighty bless his soul and give you all strength to bear the loss of such an exceptional human being.
You all are in my prayers.
Amen.

 

Mia Hill (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:38 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sorrowful time. Dr. Thacker was a great person to work with/for. He was one of the first people I would see when we pulled into the parking deck each morning. He will truly be missed. May God comfort you today and in times to come.

 

Deborah Adams(Tuesday, February 19 13 11:33 am EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with your family. Steve will always be a ICON to CDC.

 

Jackie Edwards(Tuesday, February 19 13 11:32 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker family our hearts go out to you. We are deeply saddened by your loss. Thank you for sharing Dr. Thacker with all of us, his CDC family. God Bless

 

Robin Randle (Tuesday, February 19 13 11:26 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family: May God give you Peace and Comfort...please know that you are in my daily thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Thacker thank you for your wisdom, leadership and passion for life.

God Bless

 

Joan Cioffi (Tuesday, February 19 13 10:24 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker family
Steve was a wonderful man and clearly you are an amazing family. Thank you for opening up your lives during this difficult time so that we who knew him could walk this jouney with you. Peace be with your all. Sincerely, Joan Cioffi. (neighbor and CDC staff)

 

Deidre Crocker(Tuesday, February 19 13 10:16 am EST)

 

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Thacker. I was an EIS officer from 2005-2007 and he was a brilliant epidemiologist and wonderful person.

 

Sheila Butler-Wheeler (Tuesday, February 19 13 10:06 am EST)

 

I was so amazed to see a Center Director sorting mail and answering the phone. That was my first meeting with Dr. Thacker while working in EPO! So warm-hearted and such a hilarious fella, with the
same personality today as when I knew him a few years ago. I will truly miss Dr. Thacker. Thank you family for sharing your most intimate moments with us.

 

Andrew Auld (Tuesday, February 19 13 10:03 am EST)

 

My sincere condolences to the Thacker family. Dr. Thacker interviewed me during my application process for EIS in 2006. During the interview he was stern but fair. During EIS we knew him as a very respected leader and he was much admired. I admire the way he lived and worked and hope I learned something from his example.

 

Camille Gonzalez (Tuesday, February 19 13 10:00 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker was AMAZING!!! During the orientation for the pilot CDC PHAP class in 2007 he simply told us to "Be of service"...not to focus on what comes after or career decision etc, simply "Be of
Service"! He is the perfect example of that exact statement which has stuck with me and will continue to be my computer screen saver well into the future!! Thank You Dr. Thacker for your inspiration and legacy!!

 

Zsaneta Stone (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:56 am EST)

 

My deepest sympathies to your family. I hope you find comfort in knowing the legacy he left for you and in you all.

 

AMY REDMON-NORWOOD (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:49 am EST)

 

To the Thacker family,

Please accept my deep sympathy for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I knew him from my work as an editorial project manager for the American Journal of Epidemiology.
He was one of the giants in the field. My love goes out to each of you on your personal loss.

 

Marsha L. Johnson (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:33 am EST)

 

My heart and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I meet Dr. Thacker years ago and he was a very, very nice man. May God bless him as now he is at peace.

 

Jeanetta Churchill (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:12 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker always made me feel welcome on my first job at CDC, working in EPO on the EpiInfo project. Always with a laugh and a smile! You will be missed.

 

T'Ronda Flagg (Tuesday, February 19 13 09:10 am EST)

 

Thank you for putting this together for us in your time of need. Dr. Thacker was a gift and I am glad that I had a chance to know him.

 

Cynthia Whitehead (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:56 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker will be greatly missed. I worked with him several years ago and he was a kind and thoughtful man.

 

Bernadette Ford Lattimore (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:48 am EST)

 

My heart and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Dr. Thacker touched so many lives in so many ways, whether it was his award-winning smile or passion for his work. He will truly be
missed, but his legacy will live on forever. God bless.

 

Michael Cullen (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:26 am EST)

 

Luz,Maria,Gabrielle

Sorry to hear of the passing of Steve. Steve was one of the few people that always took time the time to share a few moments with you. I am so happy to have been able to know Steve and coach with him, he really was a special individual. May God bless all of you. My family and I will keep you in are thoughts and prayers.

 

Joe Tribble(Tuesday, February 19 13 08:23 am EST)

 

Since working at CDC for the last 8 years, Dr. Thacker has been a prominent name that I would hear from time to time. His accomplishments preceded him as one of many very important people working at CDC who have made a tremendous difference during their tenure. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times in passing for various issues - he always seemed to be enthusiastic and concerned for the matter at hand. You could tell he was a kind soul who really cared about our mission here at CDC, and he had the presence that made you feel at ease and confident about his ability to handle anything that came his way. I certainly wish that I could have known Dr. Thacker a bit more – he will certainly be missed by his CDC family here who knew and loved him very much. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you the family during this difficult time.

 

LaGayle Brewer Bliss (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:23 am EST)

 

"Team Thacker," it is with great sadness I write to share my deepest condolences. I met Dr. Thacker years ago (late nineties) while employed with the CDC Foundation. One of my responsibilities was to assist with the facilitation of the annual EIS Alumni Conference activities. From the first time I met Dr. Thacker and EVERY time I saw him thereafter, he always had a contagious smile and something
positive to say. Please take comfort in knowing of the many lives he touched. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will truly be missed!

 

Kathie Keiner (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:19 am EST)

 

To the Thacker Family,

I have read about all the excellent work that Dr Thacker did and admiration people had for him. He was an excellent contribution to our time. My heart goes to to you all. May you find peace in
knowning so many people admired him.

 

Alison (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:17 am EST)

 

Most often ou never realize thhe impact of a person until they are gone and you read their accolades. Though I saw him and spoke on a daily basis, I did not have the opportunity to know him as a person. As I viewed your site, my heart became very heavy as I saw the man I did not know and wish I could have known him better. I see the love and feel it and know that the Almighty will carry you all through to meet him again. Be blessed and cherish those memories. GODspeed to you all!

 

Jean Davis (Tuesday, February 19 13 08:04 am EST)

 

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your love one. My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

 

Sharon Skellie (Tuesday, February 19 13 07:35 am EST)

 

Dear Luz, Maria, Gabrielle, I am so sorry to hear that Dr. Thacker has passed. I will always remember his smile, his positive energy and his love for epidemiology. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. “ - From a headstone in Ireland. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Nelson Adekoya (Tuesday, February 19 13 07:30 am EST)

 

Rest in peace!

 

Onica Blaize (Tuesday, February 19 13 07:27 am EST)

 

My heart aches for the loss of a great person. Dr. Thacker was one of a kind. When you saw him he always had a smile on his face even when he was in deep thought. He loved his family very much. My heart is with you. Your husband/father touched many lives and have helped shape many careers. May God bless you and comfort you in this difficult moment.

 

Lillian Blackwell (Tuesday, February 19 13 07:13 am EST)

 

i am very saddened to hear of Dr. Thacker's passing. He will be so missed. I enjoyed working under his leadership. CDC will not be the same without him. I pray for you Mrs. Thacker and your family and I am thankful for having had the opportunity to prepare a meal for Dr. Thacker and you. If I can be of any assistance to you, please, please do not hesitate to call.
God bless and keep you always in hie care.

Respectfully,

Lillian Blackwell

 

Cat Perry (Tuesday, February 19 13 01:55 am EST)

 

May the road rise to meet you all.

I just wanted to share a great memory I have of a CDC event my mom took me to honoring leaders in the organization. Steve and others were singing "New York, New York" with a health prevention bent: "Weeeeee'd like to stamp out! The diseases! In the world!" It was an endearing moment I won't soon forget.

Thankful for his lead to follow. Be blessed.
Cat

 

Robert Kim-Farley (Monday, February 18 13 10:44 pm EST)

 

As a CDC Colleague and friend, Steve will be greatly missed. My wife and I pray for the progress of his soul and for strength for his wonderful family in this difficult time.

 

David Callahan (Monday, February 18 13 08:41 pm EST)

 

In this time of loss, God bless you and peace be with you.

 

Verna Lamar Welch, EIS '99 (Monday, February 18 13 05:04 pm EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers are with the Thacker family. Dr. Thacker was a great role model to those of us in Public Health. He demonstrated what it meant to truly love your career, giving it 150%, while
maintaining work and life balance.

 

Joseph B Smith(Monday, February 18 13 04:30 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker lived by setting high standards for himself and in influencing those he touched with his intellect, compassion, and character. His loss is huge. We mourn his passing and honor his vast
contibutions to public health and for what he meant to us all.

 

Amanda Niskar (Monday, February 18 13 04:24 pm EST)

 

The emotions are beyond words for the loss of Dr. Thacker. He will live on in each of us who learned from him and continue to learn from him from generation to generation. May all the memories and continued inspirations be a source of comfort at this time of loss.

 

Catherine Bulka (Monday, February 18 13 04:11 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker family, I am so sorry for your loss. I interned in OSELS one summer while getting my MPH and my cubicle was right across from Dr. Thacker's office. I'd frequently see him near the
elevators in his work-out clothes.

For a long time, I had been contemplating between going to medical school vs. getting a PhD in epidemiology, with the eventual goal of applying to EIS. I was lucky enough to get to meet with Dr.
Thacker one on one for an hour or so to discuss my options. For a 23 year old intern, this was a big deal - he was such a legend! He had so many great stories about being an EIS officer and was so
warm and friendly. He was such a great mentor for me, even though I only knew him for such a brief time. You are in my prayers.

 

Eduardo J. Simoes (Monday, February 18 13 04:04 pm EST)

 

Awesome human beings like Steve should never die. He was able to balance an evidence-based and sterile view of the word through science with the certainty of a greater expectation of our deeds to all things living not explained by science. Though I never had a close relationship with Steve we often worked in many shared activities at CDC. In these events I had the opportunity to witness his
positive presence and influence. Plus he was always 'there', watching over and leading the training of young epidemiologists, developing surveillance and many other critical public health issues I
learned and worked for in the past 23 years with CDC. He always had a big and warm smile.

Cynthia Washington(Monday, February 18 13 03:22 pm EST)

I worked with Dr. Thacker briefly in ATSDR. I'm deeply saddened to hear of the passing of this Great man. CDC's leadership team will miss this nobel yet humble spirit, and won't be the same. My family and I will keep you all in our prayers.

 

Marie Josette Murray (Monday, February 18 13 10:10 am EST)

 

I was a contractor at CDC and found Steve to be one of the most genuine, nicest people I've ever met. My heart goes out to you in your time of sadness, which is shared by many.

 

Martha Boisseau (Monday, February 18 13 12:23 am EST)

 

Words can't express the sadness I feel to hear of Steve's passing. I pray you comfort and peace for the days ahead.

 

Sally Varner (Sunday, February 17 13 09:11 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family, We send our our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear husband and father, Steve. May it help to know that others care for you and are keeping you close in prayer and
thought as you travel this difficult journey. May Almighty God in His great wisdom and compassion keep you in His gentle care and watch over you; and may Dr. Thacker find peaceful rest His arms.
Sincerely, Al, Sally, and 'Little' Sally Varner

 

Sharri Siegmund (Sunday, February 17 13 08:56 pm EST)

 

Prior to retiring in 2003 from Emory-Rollins Schol of Public Health, I used to take the Humphrey Fellows to CDC with Dr. Phil Brachman and Dr. Thacker would present the History of CDC to them. He always presented this in such a wonderfully interesting way. It made such a positive and lasting impression with these international students. I know Dr. Thacker will be sorely missed by all who knew him. God Bless his family.

 

Uncle Dwight Thacker (Sunday, February 17 13 05:48 pm EST)

 

Dear Luz(Lucy), Maria & Gabriella ~ I am so sad! I can only imagine the pain you are felling in the wake of your loss. Steve was a true one-of-a-kind. I've always had a hard time thinking of my
Nephew as a doctor because I remember him playing basketball in his backyard in Independence or going for his daily jog(you should have seen his ragged sneakers) while visiting at his Aunt Lois' in Plattsburg; Of course I know of some of his accomplishments, but Steve always preferred taking about family, not himself. I am truly impressed by Steve's many accomplishments and sentiments expressed here on this web site. I wish for each of you the comfort of the Holy Spirit in dealing with your monumental loss. LoveYa Uncle Dwight

 

Harry J Beecham III MD FACP (Sunday, February 17 13 03:13 pm EST)

 

May Steve's courage, strength of character, and nobility of spirit continue to flow through each of you. May his memory be a blessing to you.
Jim Beecham EIS 76.

 

Chad Helmick (Sunday, February 17 13 03:02 pm EST)

 

Although I didn't work with Steve directly, I very much admired his practical attitude to public health and advancing CDC as a leader in that fieled. We will al miss him.

 

Amanda Conroy Robbins (Sunday, February 17 13 01:34 pm EST)

 

To Luz, Maria and Gabbi,
I was so deeply saddened to learn at mass this morning that your beloved husband and father had passed away. Your family has been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Dr. Thacker wasan amazing man and I grieve your loss. May you find comfort in each other, your family, friends and neighbors and know we are all praying for you.

 

With love,
Amanda and family

 

Karin Blake Granå (Sunday, February 17 13 01:25 pm EST)

 

Dear Luz and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I just want you to know that I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.


With love, Karin Blake (Paul & Åse's daughter)

 

Jan and Dennis Tolsma (Sunday, February 17 13 01:23 pm EST)

 

Jan and I were deeply saddened to learn of Steve's passing. We are so grateful for the gift you gave us to visit with him for a few minutes last Sunday. Steve was a wonderful father and husband and colleague, with a great intellect, a great spirit, and a great heart. That's why the field of public health was so good for him and why he was so good for public health. We will miss him
greatly.


Jan and Dennis Tolsma

Samantha Jones (Sunday, February 17 13 01:18 pm EST)

 

I was sadden to hear of Dr. Thacker's passing. My first time meeting him was at the Chamblee Campus (CDC), I was the lead security officer at that campus. He always had a smile and kind words for the security staff at CDC. Dr. Thacker will be greatly missed.

Samantha Jones

 

Renee Sabol (Sunday, February 17 13 12:52 pm EST)

 

Luz and family,
I am so sorry for your loss.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Renee

 

Francine (Thacker) Holtzen (Sunday, February 17 13 06:13 am EST)

 

Dear Luz, Maria & Gabriella,
I've wanted to let you know that you've been in my & my family's hearts and prayers especially since learning of Steve's illness. Now we are praying for your comfort and peace in cherishing this
life with him on earth and in knowing you'll be reunited with him someday in heaven. Even though we don't get to see you enough, you are all so special to us and Steve's untimely passing is a true
heart-break. I hope you can come to the midwest and let the Thacker's love on you. I'm thankful you have so many in your hometown who love you and will care for you in this grief. God sent his Holy
Spirit as a comforter, and we pray you feel God's supernatural comfort as well. With love, Francie, Rick, Ella & Beck

 

Bob and Patsy Howell (Sunday, February 17 13 04:03 am EST)

 

Luz, Maria, Gabreille,
We are very sorry for your loss. We will always remember Steve as a kind friend to us and a great coach for our girls. He always had a grin on his face as he frequently ran/walked by our house. He
was so loved by all. You are in our prayers.
Bob and Patsy

 

Ron Cooper (Sunday, February 17 13 03:17 am EST)

 

Dear Gabbi, Maria, and Mrs. Thacker,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Dr. Thacker for his kindness, integrity, humility, and love for his family. He was truly a great man who I came to admire and respect in the few
short years I knew him. The messages and outpourings of love on this site are testaments to Dr. Thacker's virtue and the wonderful life he led. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
With warmest regards and love, Ron

 

Nedra Garrett, OSELS PHSIPO (Saturday, February 16 13 10:42 pm EST)

 

To the Thacker Family, I am so sorry. May you find comfort in days ahead of the precious memories you've shared and the memories others have shared with you. I pray that God continue to strengthen
you and give you peace.
Dr. Thacker will be greatly missed.

 

Geraldine Perry, EIS 1990 (Saturday, February 16 13 09:38 pm EST)

 

Luz, Maria, Gabrielle,
As so many have noted, Steve was a wonderful person and mentor who was loved by so many of us, especially his EIS family. I feel blessed to have known him. On every occasion that our paths crossed,
we would exchange notes about Maria and Catrina, and the new additions to our families. I will truly miss his updates.
May God Bless you all and accept Steve’s kind soul and spirit into his Kingdom.

 

Fran newman (Saturday, February 16 13 08:38 pm EST)

 

Luz and family. My thoughts and prayers go out to yall doing this difficult time. Steve was one of my favorite patients. May he rest in peace. Fran Newman

 

Anil Thota (Saturday, February 16 13 07:51 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker will always be a role model and inspiration for all of us who serve in public health. A most remarkable man. My condolences to the family. Your unity and strength during this most
difficult time has been simply amazing.

 

Jean Clare Smith, MD, MPH (Saturday, February 16 13 07:49 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker family: I am still in disbelief. Steve was so, so special. I can only hope that the oupouring of love from people like us, can give you some small comfort in this time of grief and
sadness. Much love

 

Duc (Saturday, February 16 13 07:37 pm EST)

 

My condolences to Dr. Thacker family.
Dr. Thacker interviewed me for EIS and I still remember that interview. He is an EIS legend. Thank you Dr. Thacker! You will be missed.

 

Susan J. Shaw (Saturday, February 16 13 06:35 pm EST)

 

Please accept my condolences on the passing of dear Steve. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Susan

 

Greg Heath (EIS 1985) (Saturday, February 16 13 02:56 pm EST)

 

My condolences to the Thacker family at this time of grief and loss. Thank you for sharing Steve with us throughout the years of his service at CDC. He was truly a remarkable human being, one who
lived life to its fullest and loved his family, his friends, and his work. May God grant you peace, mercy, and hope in the wake of Steve's passing.

 

Ismael Ortega (Saturday, February 16 13 02:41 pm EST)

 

It is indeed very sad that a man like Steve had to leave us all too soon.

My sincere condolences to the family and loved ones

 

Peter Nsubuga, EIS 1998(Saturday, February 16 13 01:59 pm EST)

 

This is truly sad, Dr. Thacker inspired many of us, a lot us saw him as the contemporary father of EIS. One thing I will remember was that he always responded almost immediately to any request for
advice. May you rest in peace Dr. Thacker. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

 

Mike McGeehin(Saturday, February 16 13 01:58 pm EST)

 

This is a sad day. Steve's life was too short, but what a marvelous example of a life well lived.

 

Kathy Gallagher(Saturday, February 16 13 12:57 pm EST)

 

I am so sorry for your loss and the tremndous sadness that you his family are feeling right now. I hope that as time passes, you can take solace in knowing that Steve's legacy will live on in those
he met and touched. My thought and prayers are with you. Kathy

 

Rima and Muin(Saturday, February 16 13 12:53 pm EST)

 

We are deeply saddened by Steve's passing. Thinking of and praying for you. So thankful for the opportunity to visit last weekend. Love

 

Annette Darrington(Saturday, February 16 13 12:47 pm EST)

 

Words cannot express the sadness that I felt when I heard of the passing of Dr. Thacker. He had a warm spirit and a good heart. Just know that he will always be watching over you.

 

Dennis Perrotta, retired Texas State Epidemiologist (Saturday, February 16 13 11:13 am EST)

 

Public health and epidemiology lost a true hero this week with Steve's passing. He shared a vision of cooperation and collaboration between CDC and the epidemiologists in state health departments and
helped us (CSTE) organize in support of that vision. He always treated me and others with kindness and respect, and our exchanges were flavored with his own brand of humor.
There aren't enough words to thank Steve for his contributions. Warm thoughts of condolences to the Thacker Family.

 

Nakki Price (Saturday, February 16 13 11:04 am EST)

 

May you always be comforted with loving memories of Steve.

 

Brenda jackson (Saturday, February 16 13 10:25 am EST)

 

When I heard the sad news yesterday my heart skip a beat. To know a nice kind man had die. Steve will always be remember in my heart because he was just that kind of man. My prays got out to the
family.

 

Jeanne Alongi (Saturday, February 16 13 10:11 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart and my prayers are with you.

 

Milton and Louise Bailey (Saturday, February 16 13 09:51 am EST)

 

Dear Luz, Maria, and Gabriella:
No words can adequately express our sadness. Steve's presence made this world a better place; we are all diminished by his absence. You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

 

Kathy Chastney (Saturday, February 16 13 09:50 am EST)

 

My heartfelt sympathy to you all. We all loved Steve and we are heartbroken along with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers as is he. Thanks for all you have done to let us share our memories of
this very remarkable and beloved man.

 

Jillian Doss ( PHPS 2007) (Saturday, February 16 13 09:41 am EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I was saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Thacker he was an amazing person and made many contributions to CDC and the
various fellows like myself who were part of PHPS. He will truly be missed.

 

Gayle Daniels (Saturday, February 16 13 09:26 am EST)

 

Thank you for sharing your loving memories of your father. I am saddened to hear of Dr. Thacker's death. While working in PHPS, Dr. Thacker was always approachable, never intimidating, always
encouraging with a great smile, even while exercising. My prayers are with you all. I Thessalonians 13-18.

 

Kathi and Jeff Lybarger (Saturday, February 16 13 09:19 am EST)

 

Thinking of you all during this time

 

SangWoo (Saturday, February 16 13 08:48 am EST)

 

You touched so many souls and numerous minds with your passion for public health. You will be truely missed.

 

Sharunda Buchanan (Saturday, February 16 13 08:26 am EST)

 

Dr. Steven Thacker was a truly caring man. He was always genuinely interested in others and was obviously a man who loved his family. (Thanks so much for sharing him with us!) Because of Steve's
encouragement and profound influence, I owe my successful journey into the EIS world. Steve, we'll certainly miss you and your infectious smile!

 

Maryam Haddad (Saturday, February 16 13 07:14 am EST)

 

So many of us cannot imagine CDC and EIS without Dr. Thacker, and we mourn his loss along with you. Thank you for helping us learn more about him and share in his last days by creating this website
for us. I don't think there is anybody else at CDC whom I both awed and appreciated so much. He was really a champion for us, and he leaves behind a rich legacy that will continue to bless not only
new public health professionals but everyone in the agency. For example, our individual learning accounts were, as I understand it, his branchild. I won't be able to attand an EIS conference without
looking for him in his usual spot in the back of the room; he always managed to make it to the smaller breakouts. And he would *walk* the EIS Prediction Run faster than many of us could jog. Doug
Hamilton would occasionally warn EIS officers to remember to list their EIS affiliation on papers --- or else he'd be hearing from Dr. Thacker. I loved walking through the CDC Museum when it would
flash up that famous 1976 picture of him interviewing an Legionnaires patient. Yet in personal interactions, Dr. Thacker was never intimidating, always smiling and encouraging, remembering the names of people he only saw once or twice a year. What a role model, a true public health hero. I will miss him.

 

Altovise (Saturday, February 16 13 12:43 am EST)

 

While there no words that will help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are being lifted in thoughts and prayer.

 

Gene Lengerich (Saturday, February 16 13 12:28 am EST)

 

I am saddened to hear of Steve's death. He was pillar of epidemiology and public health, yet never too busy to encourage and challenge me. May God bless you with wonderful memories of Steve and that
those memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.

 

Joe Durbin (Saturday, February 16 13 12:16 am EST)

 

Condolences to the family and loved ones of a very great person. Warm wishes, Joe

 

Mehran S. Massoudi, EIS 94 (Friday, February 15 13 11:39 pm EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers are with the Thacker family; what a wonderful man, great husband, a great dad, and a great role model for all. He will be truly missed but not forgotten....
God bless,

 

Millie (Friday, February 15 13 09:55 pm EST)

 

Sorry to hear about uncle Steve he was a good man... now he is resting in peace... love you guys my prayers go out to the family.

 

Eric Gogstad (Friday, February 15 13 09:07 pm EST)

 

I am saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Thacker. He was an inspiration to me from a personal and professional perspective. It was his kindness, patience and persistence that really resonated
with me in my interactions with him over the years. Please know that his memory will be long-lived at CDC and he will continue to touch many people through the programs he started and developed over
the years.

 

Kamil Barbour (EIS 2010) (Friday, February 15 13 08:50 pm EST)

 

My condolences for your loss. Though I didn't know Dr. Thacker that well. He seemed like a wonderful person that has done so much for CDC. He will surely be missed.

 

Maureen Sinclair Bartee (Friday, February 15 13 08:50 pm EST)

 

I am so sorry to hear the news of Steve's illness and death. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time. Steve was one of the first people I met when I started at CDC and
throughout the years, he continued to be an inspiration and mentor. I will always have fond memories of him - thank you to his family for sharing him with our CDC family for so many years. I hope
your loving memories of your husband, father, and grandfather help you to get through this difficult time.

 

Tracy, Tyler & Ashlyn (Friday, February 15 13 08:31 pm EST)

 

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts.

In the short time we have been neighbors, we have grown to love you. Please, never hesitate to call on us.

 

Michelle (Friday, February 15 13 08:01 pm EST)

 

To my family, I'm just seeing about Steve. I am so happy we were able to spend some time and that Ava had the honor of meeting such a wonderful man. Please if you need ANYTHING at all call me. We
love you

 

Jataun Smith (Friday, February 15 13 08:00 pm EST)

 

My heart is very heavy right now. Dr. Thacker was a wonderful person. Please know that warm thoughts and prayers are with you right now. May you continue to find the comfort and strength in one
another for the coming days.

 

Mamta and Manu (Friday, February 15 13 07:52 pm EST)

 

Hi Maria

We just learned of your father's passing and wanted to pray for strength and peace for your family. As we both have lost a parent suddenly, we know this journey is not easy. I hope you're able to
remember the good memories you were able to share with him that no one will be able to take away. May he rest in peace knowing what a loving family he raised and left behind.

 

Terrie Slaton (Friday, February 15 13 07:29 pm EST)

 

You are all in my prayers. I wish you continued strength and comfort in the coming days.

 

Mili Cordero (Friday, February 15 13 07:24 pm EST)

 

Dear all
My prayers are with you all!
Steve will always be remembered... but so will you, for all your love and support.

 

Ken Castro (EIS 1983) (Friday, February 15 13 06:56 pm EST)

 

We just saw the sad news... Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May Steve now rest in peace... Irene&Ken

 

Georgia Bickel (Friday, February 15 13 06:31 pm EST)

 

Dear Luz, Maria, and Gabriella, Words can not express what an amazing man Dr. Thacker was - and will always be as he lives on in the many contributions he has made to this world. All of our love to
you.

 

Diane Harris (Friday, February 15 13 06:22 pm EST)

 

My condolences to the Thacker Family. I had only met Dr. Thacker a few times, but feel the loss along with the rest of the CDC family. Take care.

 

Marian McDonald (Friday, February 15 13 06:20 pm EST)

 

My deepest sympathy.
Love to you all.

Mariana

 

Ken Dominguez (Friday, February 15 13 06:16 pm EST)

 

We will miss Steve tremendously! Will keep Steve and the Thacker family in my prayers! God bless you!

 

Farah Parvez (Friday, February 15 13 06:12 pm EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Wishing you much strength and peace.

 

Georgia Bickel (Friday, February 15 13 05:23 pm EST)

 

Love to you all

 

Chloe Tonney (Friday, February 15 13 12:49 am EST)

 

Dear Steve, Luz, Maria and Gabby...The CDC recognition to honor Steve was a wonderful celebration. I'm sure you, Steve, may have even been surprised by the many things - great and small - that we all
love and admire about you! Delighted to hear the visits were such an encouragement - a great example of 'you get what you give,' - and it's lovely to watch all the love and support that you have
given to so many over the years flood right back to you! My love... Chloe

 

Vincent Hsu, EIS 2001 (Thursday, February 14 13 06:45 pm EST)

Dr. Thacker's dedication to improving public health by increasing trained professionals such as myself continues to inspire me to do the same for others.

 

Rosa McPherson-Greene (Thursday, February 14 13 02:19 pm EST)

To a wonderful person.

Dr. Steve Thacker

~~~HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY~~~

 

Marian McDonald (Thursday, February 14 13 09:58 am EST)

 

On this day that shines a light on love, I send greetings of love and respect to you, Steve, and to Luz, Maria, Gabby, Patrick, John, and Noah.
Un abrazo fuerte-Mariana

 

Joel Breman, EIS 1976 (Wednesday, February 13 13 04:31 pm EST)

 

Steve, Whenever and wherever I think of the best of the best at EIS and CDC your smiling face emerges. Peace to you and your marvelous family.

 

Barry McLaurin (Wednesday, February 13 13 10:50 am EST)

 

Praying for the whole family.

 

Lisa M Lee and Frances McCarty (Tuesday, February 12 13 08:06 pm EST)

 

Steve, We are sorry to have missed seeing you last weekend-- know that we were thinking of you from DC! We're so glad to hear all went well. It is wonderful to hear that the visits brought you such joy.
Wishing you a peaceful day.
Love, Lisa and Frances

 

Elsie Ogletree (Monday, February 11 13 04:40 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, we missed seeing you walking through halls and chatting. You have always been such a personable and unassuming person. Never giving thought to rank, be it Dr. Scientist or
administrative, you alway dignified everyone with a warm handshake and smile. We thank you for your generous contribution to Public Health. We also thank your family for sharing you with us, the CDC
community and for the love, strength and courage they have demonstrated during this time.

 

Wanda Jones (Monday, February 11 13 03:04 pm EST)

 

Reading back over the comments and the blog--I'm struck by the 'lift' Steve has been to so many of us in our careers. As mentor, teacher, leader, friend: He's simply the best.

 

Traci Pole (Camilli)-PHPS 2004(Saturday, February 09 13 12:59 pm EST)

 

Thank you for your commitment to public health and for inspiring others to love and appreciate this field. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God Bless!

 

Victor Cardenas (Saturday, February 09 13 02:41 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker and family: At top of your contributions to epidemiology and making CDC the premier public health institution, your support to the FETPs, International nights at EIS Conferences and TEPHINET are great contributions to global health. Thank you!

 

Laura Rank (Ours)(Friday, February 08 13 11:28 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! I am a 2004 PHPS graduate and am grateful to you for leading the way to make the programs a reality. You have touched the lives of many! God
bless!

 

Annie Burt (Friday, February 08 13 01:35 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Never worked directly with you, but can always remember your pleasant disposition.

 

Gary Giovino (Friday, February 08 13 12:01 pm EST)

 

Steve: Our paths crossed a few times during my decade at CDC in the 1990s. When I describe CDC culture to people now I think of you among a few people I remember as pillars - such an appropriate
word. Thank you for all you have done for so many people. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

 

Roger Anderson, Ph.D. (EIS 1966), CDC retiree

(Thursday, February 07 13 07:45 pm EST)

 

I have such great and fond memories of Steve Thacker: his state of birth (Missouri) and hometown (Independence) are the same as mine; our discussions and familiarity of locations within and around
Kansas City, Mo; his friendliness; his love of basketball and other sports; Steve taking me home one afternoon after my carpool driver forgot and left; his varied and important managerial and
administrative positions while at CDC; and Steve’s extraordinary service to CDC and public health. Steve you’re always in my thoughts and prayers and thank you for the continued and outstanding
service during your CDC career. May God’s blessings be bestowed to everyone in the Thacker family.

 

Stephen Margolis, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Emory University

(Wednesday, February 06 13 04:18 pm EST)

 

Dear Stephen,Luz, Maria and Gaby: Ifirst met Stephen when he was a first year medical student at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and I was a new Assistant Professor of Pharmacology. We both sat on a
committee to create the first environmental health course for medical students in the United States, called "Ecology in Medicine." We then reconnected in 1978 when I was recruited to CDC (in the STD
Division). When Stephen became head of EIS I was honored to submit (very sparingly) letters of recommendation for the EIS program. Not one candidate I supported was turned down.
I feel the way I would if my son were hurting. It hurts.
Be strong and love each other.
Stephen Margolis (retired)


P.S. My son Commander Andrew Margolis (PHS, AIDS Center) holds Stephen in awe!

 

Cathy Spruill (Wednesday, February 06 13 06:27 am EST)

 

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for all the help and encouragement you have given me over the years at CDC.

 

Edgar R. Monterroso (Wednesday, February 06 13 02:30 am EST)

 

I admire Dr. Steve Thacker for what he contributed to Public Health in general but specifically for what he did for CDC and for Epidemiology. He interviewed me in 1991 when I was applying for the
Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) which changed my professional path and gave me an opportunity to serve at CDC. He continued to be a mentor through the years and his humble way of approaching issues was a daily teaching moment when I would see him at the gym. His legacy will continue for years to come and hopefully he would have influenced others to pass on his wisdom for generations to
come.

 

Tom Savel (Tuesday, February 05 13 11:11 pm EST)

 

I'm sorry I didn't have the chance to thank Steve, in person, for everything he did for CDC. If it weren't for him, I know my life would have turned out very differently. Though about 22 years later,
I think it always amused him that we both went to the same medical school. Over the past few weeks I've reached out to make sure that all his fellow classmates know about this website. Thanks again
Steve....

Tom

J

ean Clare Smith, MD, MPH (Tuesday, February 05 13 09:25 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family: I am sure your guestbook will be overflowing after today's ceremony. I hope the outpouring of love and appreciation and gratitude will give you some measure of comfort during
these painful times. All of us at CDC are still in disbelief that such a fate could affect Steve. I am thinking about all of you every day.

 

Kathy Kohler Banke (Tuesday, February 05 13 03:00 pm EST)

 

Steve's passion for public health, and particularly his experience in and appreciation for surveillance, altered the course of my career quite significantly. I can still remember hearing him talk
enthusiastically about these topics during my EIS course, and I was always impressed with his insightful questions and comments during Epi Grand Rounds and the EIS conferences. Thanks in large part to his inspiration, I went on to work quite a bit in surveillance both while at CDC and subsequently in the international health consulting world. A huge thank you to Steve for setting me down this path. Thinking of you and your family.

 

Phillip Lamb (Tuesday, February 05 13 02:35 pm EST)

 

The ceremony today was touching. I thank god I got to work with Steve when I started at cdc in 1995. I pray for Steve and family every day. To the dauther that spoke today I also pray for to keep
strong .

 

Mark Gershman (Tuesday, February 05 13 02:14 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and Thacker family,
The ceremony today was extremely touching and important. All of you in the Thacker family are so strong to be going through Steve’s illness privately and also to be willing to share some of the
experience with the myriad of Steve’s friends, colleagues, and associates. Steve’s professional accomplishments in public health are legendary and inspirational. Though I never worked directly with
or under Steve, as an EIS officer I benefitted indirectly from his oversight and visionary guidance of the EIS program. Steve, I feel very fortunate to have bumped into you at the Roybal campus gym a
number of times in the past few years and through our brief chats to experience you as the humble, warm, caring, and sincere person that you are.
My thoughts and prayers are with Steve and the entire Thacker family during this journey.

 

Marian McDonald (Tuesday, February 05 13 12:56 pm EST)

 

Maria--thank you for your beautiful presentation today,and thanks to the whole family for sharing your father/husband with us all these years. We have been so blessed and honored to know him and
benefit from his many gifts to the world.

 

Susan J. Shaw (Tuesday, February 05 13 11:42 am EST)

 

Maria your presentation was beautiful. The Tribute Ceremony wonderful. Thank you and God bless. My prayers are with all of you. Susan J. Shaw

 

Dawn Seckinger (Tuesday, February 05 13 10:54 am EST)

 

I am honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Thacker and learn from his wisdom. He is such a natural leader and I wish his family the best during this difficult time. He will
be greatly missed by us all at CDC.

 

Heather Peto (Monday, February 04 13 04:54 pm EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks for all that you did to support the CDC Experience students over the years!

 

Andy Sumner (Monday, February 04 13 04:14 pm EST)

 

As CDC oldtimers our memories could build a stairway to the sky. You truly have been a renaissance man whose enthusiasm, excellence, and compansion for humanity will live in our hearts forever. Our
thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

 

Antonio Neri (Monday, February 04 13 03:37 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker and family, I am truly inspired by your relentless energy, keen wit, and presence felt throughout the world. You truly have shaped public health as we know it. The world is a better
place for millions of people because of you. Thank you!

 

Howard/Howie Chatterton (Monday, February 04 13 03:31 pm EST)

 

There are people in one's life that are special and that remain special even when the time spent together was relatively brief, people who remain special decades after you were last in contact with
them, people who you know would greet you warmly and with great interest should your lives intersect once again--people who will always live on in memory. Thank you Steve and Lucy for informing my
life.

 

Tom Sinks and Kelley Scanlon (Monday, February 04 13 11:45 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker clan:
Kelley and I are sending you our best wishes and sincere appreciation for everything Steve has done for public health, CDC, and our family. Steve was EPO director when Kelley became an EISO. She and
I met while working on an epi-aid in MA. We married one year later and our 3 children (Nicholas, Hannah, and Sarah Halle) are all connected in the Thacker web. Hannah had the pleasure of playing on a girls basketball team beaten by Coach Steve. We've enjoyed a long and memorable professional relationship with Steve. He is greatly admired by everyone and we miss his everyday contribution to the
organization and the community.

 

Muireann Brennan  (Monday, February 04 13 11:37 am EST)

 

Dear Dr Thacker and family, I have been thinking about why I feel it is important to me to go to the ceremony tomorrow. I realize it is because I believe Dr. Thacker played a huge role in making EIS
(and through it CDC) what it is today. When we honour him we honour the values he transmitted and it also reminds me why I care about what I do.

 

lata Kumar (Monday, February 04 13 10:08 am EST)

 

Dear Dr.Thacker and family,
THinking of you and prayers to cope during this difficult time.
I have never worked with Dr.Thacker but met him regularly at the gym on campus. A great leader and so humble!

 

Mary Kamb (Monday, February 04 13 09:39 am EST)

 

Dear Steve and Family,
Sending you prayers and love during this difficult time. Steve, thank you for your many years as an inspirational mentor and face of CDC and EIS for so many of us. Dear Family, Your kindness in
keeping all of us connected to Steve during this difficult time is such a wonderful "Thacker" trait, thank you all.

 

Kesha Billingsley-McClarin (Monday, February 04 13 09:02 am EST)

 

I would like to send my prayers to Dr. Thacker and family during this time. I worked in OWCD/OSELS twice and also did some consultant work with Dr. Thacker and he was always kind. I remember showing Dr. Thacker my photos I took at a photo shoot and he always remembered me and when I would be reintroduced to him when working with various companies he would say "oh I know her she is our model and smile." That meant a lot to me to know that he remembered me from the first time I worked in his office.

Dr. Thacker always promoted health and fitness and I remember speaking with him about his coaching. He was easy to talk to and never too busy as a Director that he would not make time for his staff. Thank you for making my experience here at CDC a good one.

 

Joseph B Smith (Saturday, February 02 13 09:56 am EST)

 

Please know you remain in my thoughts, Steve. Your professionalism, kindness, and concern for others has set a standard that also fully represents the ideals and goals of CDC and touches all you have known.

 

Tasneem Malik (Friday, February 01 13 05:25 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker and the Thacker Family,
May you draw courage and strength from your family, friends, and from the countless prayers, blessings and good thoughts sent by all of the people whose lives you have touched every day.

 

Joseph Carter (Friday, February 01 13 02:40 pm EST)

 

Steve and Thacker family. Just a note to thank Steve for all of the years of friendship and professional support at CDC. You and family are in our prayers

 

Frederic Grant (Thursday, January 31 13 03:17 pm EST)

 

I knew and admired your father. He helped inspire a generation of public health professionals. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Frederic Grant, PhD, MPH. Chief Scientist - Northrop Grumman.
Associated Professor - Emory University.

 

 

Michael Basso (Thursday, January 31 13 01:43 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family,

Steve and I traveled to Shanghai in 2010 to formally open and support the country's first Center for Field Epidemiology. This program was modeled after the CDC FETP, and the facility was state-of-the
art. What I remember most though was the way Steve represented us, CDC, and the U.S. Already viewed as a respected scientist, Steve proved to be a model of diplomacy and eloquence, while still being approachable and down-to-earth.

His fortitude was also remarkable on this trip as one evening after hours, we visited the World Expo and upon arrival, a staircase of no less than 100 steps stood between us and the venue. Although
an elevator was available farther away, Steve insisted that his bad knees would not cost us extra time. In pain, he hiked and climbed each step without comment or flinch. However, there was a very
appropriate response when we both reached the top and noticed an escalator less than fifty feet away!

My thoughts are with you at this time, and my memories will always be of Steve's personality, character, and his many contributions.

 

Marian McDonald (Thursday, January 31 13 11:12 am EST)

 

Ustedes estan en mis pensamientos todos los dias.
Les mando saludos carinosos.

 

brenda sims (Wednesday, January 30 13 09:19 pm EST)

 

Prayers are coming your way. you can never have enough of thoes.i don't know husband but your family has done such a great job on this web site i feel i got to meet him thru all of your .if there is
anything i could do too help .you have my email. i had a friend with jcd . i used to just go and sit with her so that her caregivers could take time with each other . you have to do this you know
all of you. love and prayers for all of you .

 

Jean Clare Smith, MD, MPH (Wednesday, January 30 13 07:38 pm EST)

 

Family: I think about Steve and you every day. Although I am just one person in his history (EIS 1992-94) I hope that my caring can bring you some small comfort. He had an enormous impact on my life.
I will miss him very, very much. What a loving family you are, an inspiration.

 

BarryArgroves (Wednesday, January 30 13 06:40 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker and family,
My name is Barry Argroves, and a close friend of mine, Brenda Sims, told me about Dr. Thacker's diagnosis of CJD. About 7 years ago, my mother contracted Sporadic CJD, and passed away just over 5 years ago. We were blessed in that most of that time, she was comfortable, happy, and semi-independent. We were offered, and participated in a study at UCSF, headed by Dr. Michael Geschwind and Dr. Stanley Prusiner. They were very helpful in our working with my mom, and we were thankful to be able to be a part of their study. We also tried a number of alternative therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which we feel really improved her quality of life and our time together. I told Brenda that I would contact you, and would be glad to talk with you about our experiences, if you feel it would be helpful. My cell # is 706-207-4823. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if I can be of any help in any way. May you feel God's love and support in your time together.

Barry Argroves

 

Parmi Suchdev (Wednesday, January 30 13 01:56 pm EST)

 

I remember well meeting Steve for the first time during my EIS interviews in 2005. He has been such an inspirational role model to me and countless others on how to have a meaningful career in public
health service.

 

Mary Strickland (Wednesday, January 30 13 01:26 pm EST)

 

I enjoyed working with the entire staff at OWCD during a brief period in 2008, but I especially enjoyed working with Dr. Thacker. He was always so professional, personable, health conscience and
family oriented.

I will continue to keep the family uplifted in prayer.

 

Cecile Town (PHPS '99)(Wednesday, January 30 13 12:45 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,
On one of my first days at CDC you spoke to our group and I will always remember it. Imagine what it can do for a person's career, to immediately be welcomed and impacted by someone like that. Thank
you! I keep you and your family in my thoughts.

 

Ann O'Connor (Wednesday, January 30 13 12:22 pm EST)

 

Upon joining CDC in 2006, the reverence which people spoke of Steve Thacker was striking. In my own engagements with Steve, he exuded not only strength of intellect but a natural ease with people. I
feel lucky to have crossed paths with Steve in my career. My thoughts are with Steve and your family during this difficult time.

 

Aaron Zee (Wednesday, January 30 13 12:15 pm EST)

 

Know that you will be counted in my prayers as you go through this ordeal. I've never met you, but have been aware of you over the nearly 27 years I've been at CDC.

 

Lee Annest (Wednesday, January 30 13 11:58 am EST)

 

I met Steve when I first came to CDC in 1983. He also became my boss here in the Injury Center in the 1990s. He always supported and encouraged me in my work in injury surveillance. He has been an
inspiration to me through the years in terms of all he has done for CDC, public health and surveillance systems throughout the country (and world for that matter). What a fantastic human being and
friend he is. Thank you, Steve, for all you have given each of us who know you. I pray for God's grace and peace for you and your family.

 

Marian McDonald (Wednesday, January 30 13 11:46 am EST)

 

Sending love to you all in this difficult time.

I am looking forward to the ceremony honoring Steve next week.

 

Melida Chinn (Wednesday, January 30 13 11:43 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,You are so missed. Thanks for making me feel welcome on your team. You and your family are in my prayers.

 

Teresa Durden (Wednesday, January 30 13 11:22 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker and family,
I am grateful for the advice and perspective you offered at work, and more recently, during our short chats about kids and sports at CDC fitness center. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your
family.
Teresa Durden

 

LCarter (Wednesday, January 30 13 11:21 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker is a great and wonderful person. I remember all our conversation were about basketball due to the fact he coached basketball and I played basketball in my high school days. It sadden me
to know what you and your family are going through at this time. Dr. Thacker was a great role model and leader of CDC. I echo Molly Lamb's comment...Thank you for being the welcoming face in
OWCD/OSELS. Best Wishes to you and your family.

 

Becky Wolf (Wednesday, January 30 13 11:18 am EST)

 

Steve, many others have commented on the amazing contributions you have made to CDC and public health (and I wholeheartedly agree with all those sentiments). So I'd just like to say that I always
loved it that you wore a polo shirt to everything, even back in the day when all the other senior leadership had ties and jackets on. I loved that, and even though it was a small thing it said great
things about you!

It was a true pleasure working with you on various ommittees and workgroups over the years. And running with you a few times years ago. Your contributions have been great, in the truest sense of the
word.

 

Cookie Schaffer (Wednesday, January 30 13 11:16 am EST)

 

Dear Luz and family,
I am so sorry to hear this news. I miss seeing you at the MJCC. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

 

Mike Pratt (Tuesday, January 29 13 12:36 pm EST)

 

Steve has always been an inspiration and often in new and surprising ways. Of course as a leader at CDC, but who knew that he might apply meta-analyses to sports injuries or quietly coach and mentor
at St. Pius or be the one who made CDC's lifestyle program sound and sustainable. It was always a pleasure to cross paths with Steve, a thoughtful, special guy who made his mark on many of us and
will be long remembered by his extended families.

 

Molly Lamb (Monday, January 28 13 11:26 pm EST)

 

I remember the first time I met you Dr. Thacker - at my EIS interview a few years ago. I knew you were big in the EIS world so I was a bit intimidated, but you were such a warm and interesting person
to talk to. It was the most fun I've ever had at an interview, and all of my subsequent interactions with you have been just as lovely as that first conversation. Thank you for being the welcoming
face of EIS.

 

Lynn Mayer (Monday, January 28 13 03:30 pm EST)

 

Dear Luz and family-
I'm so very sorry to receive this news about Steve. Even though we taught fitness classes together for many years our paths seldom cross now and I have not seen you in such a long time. I hope that
you and your beautiful family will find strength in sharing many wonderful times with such a remarkable man. My love and care to each of you.

 

Ken Castro (EIS 1983) (Saturday, January 26 13 10:54 am EST)

 

Dear Steve, Luz, Maria, and Gaby: You continue in our thoughts, especially as we reflected on the most recent announcement of the registration for the 2013 EIS conference (62nd). Can't fathom the
concept of an opening session without Steve there to welcome us and declare the opening of the this annual gathering. It is evident that you have contributed immensely to the formation of public
health professionals around the world. I also concur with Kevin DeCock's observation: it is truly inspirational to witness the example you have all set of solidarity and support during this difficult
time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, and looking forward to seeing you all during the upcoming and well-deserved recognition planned at CDC for February 5th. Best regards,

Irene and Ken
Castro

 

Elaine Cramer (Friday, January 25 13 06:51 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and family,

You have been a great role model to me and many others as a leader, researcher, and manger in the public health community. Your development and support of the EIS program and alumni is a great
gift.

Best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time.
e

 

Marshalyn (Friday, January 25 13 04:20 pm EST)

 

Steve and Family,
You are in my thoughts. Steve, you represent all that is good about CDC and public health. You always had a smile and kind word for me. I will cherish the memories of that forever.

 

Elaine Bramson (Thursday, January 24 13 06:29 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker family, We want you to know we have you in our prayers long distance from Panama. Just found out about this and know that God is walking with you through this! Steve, you are an
incredible person and I know Luz is right there keeping everyone straight and strong. Our love and prayers, Ronnie and Elaine Bramson

 

Elaine Castillo (Thursday, January 24 13 06:27 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker-Thank you for being such an amazing and inspirational mentor and boss during my HSHPS internship for grad school back in 2005. I remember you always, as such a dedicated and hard working professional yet still fun and light hearted. You always talked great things about your family and was so proud of your daughters. You always gave great life and career advice and I thank you. I want you and your family to know, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. With much respect Elaine

 

Ariel Ansley (Thursday, January 24 13 01:23 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker- Thank you for being such an amazing mentor and boss during my internship and fellowship at CDC (2007-09). I'll never forget your joking ways, the encouragement as I transitioned to
medical school, our similar passion for Global Public Health and trading random stories in the break room of our hilarious international trip experiences. You're truly my inspiration. Thank you for
being humble and kind, along with being brilliant. I didn't know that combo even existed in Medicine. Praying for you and your family.
My highest regards and respect, Ariel

 

Carol Runyan (Wednesday, January 23 13 09:37 pm EST)

 

Steve,
On behalf of the injury research community, I know I speak for many in saying "thank you" for your leadership in public health broadly and for helping guide the NCIPC through a critical transition
period a number of years ago.

With deep respect and admiration,
Carol Runyan

 

Sheryl Lyss (Wednesday, January 23 13 08:14 pm EST)

 

Wow—I just got back to this site after a time away, and was honored and struck to realize, as a fellow Missourian, that Steve and I also share the same birthday! I will now have a special time of
year to think of him and his legacy.

 

Lisa M Lee (Wednesday, January 23 13 03:24 pm EST)

 

Hi, Steve. Thinking of you today and wanted to let you know. Hope you and your family are holding each other close.
Best,
Lisa.

 

Paul Sittenfeld (Wednesday, January 23 13 01:26 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve - The news has just reached us. My thoughts are with you: you have clearly done so much for so many. What a legacy. All best, Paul Sittenfeld '69

 

Maria Lugo (Tuesday, January 22 13 10:28 pm EST)

 

Lucy,sad to hear about Steve illness and the family will be in my prayers.We just found out and may God Bless you all and give you all much time together.

 

Charlotte D. Kabore' (Tuesday, January 22 13 05:33 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker Family,

I am praying for you all. Keep the faith!

 

Anna Grigoryan (EIS Class of 2006) (Tuesday, January 22 13 04:42 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
Many thanks for everything you have done for the EIS and CDC. Thank you for many opportunities to learn from you and be guided by your leadership. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your
family.

 

Georgia Bickel (Tuesday, January 22 13 08:42 am EST)

 

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Still love Dr. Thacker commenting on our oyster feast at Kilkenny as "Russian Roulette on the half shell." You are the smartest person I know! And have always
been the first source for the most important information. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to my dad. The entire Bickel family loves you!

 

George H. Vaughan, Jr., CAPT, USPHS (ret) (Tuesday, January 22 13 07:33 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker:

Thank-you for your contributions to the public health community. Thank-you for your kindness as well.

 

Jackie Stephens (Monday, January 21 13 09:16 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve, Luz and Girls,

I am so sorry to hear about your illness. I remember the fun we had at St. Pius. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Gabby, I am sending a great big hug to all of you, especially you sweet
Gabby.

Love, Jackie Stephens

 

Mary Kimberly (Monday, January 21 13 02:28 pm EST)

 

I first met Steve when he was part of a panel that interviewed me for a leadership program at CDC in the early 1980s. Even though I did not get accepted for the program, I remember Steve as a kind
and professional person. He was always genuinely interested in what I was doing when I saw him. I saw him rarely, but when I retired in June 2011, he sent me a very nice email congratulating me on my
retirement.

I am very sorry to hear of Steve's illness and will keep him and you all in my prayers.

 

Nicole Sharp (Sunday, January 20 13 10:13 pm EST)

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with your father and family. Thank you for sharing the very tough times you are all experiencing. Gabbby, you are and always will be special to me.

 

Robert Barmore (Sunday, January 20 13 10:06 pm EST)

 

To The Thacker family, You are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Know that I`m just a phone call away. Hold on and make memories...

 

Kelly (Sunday, January 20 13 09:00 pm EST)

 

Maria and family,
I am so sad and sorry to hear about your dad. I can't even imagine...My heart breaks for you. You definitely have my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Love,
Kelly (Gannon) escorpizo

 

Joseph Reid (Saturday, January 19 13 06:08 pm EST)

 

Steve, In my 20 years at CDC our paths crossed too many times to recount, but I was always impressed by your professionalism, dedication and contribution. I wish you and your family peace and
fulfillment.

 

Chloe Tonney (Saturday, January 19 13 10:58 am EST)

 

Steve, Luz, Maria and Gabby...
Thinking of each of you this morning and wanted you to know. Steve, I pleasantly ran across several of your famous "time to chat?" emails and had a nice chuckle about some of the dilemmas where your
leadership - and especially your humor - have been the secret sauce to successful outcomes. You are our 'burning bush' on all things CDC!
I am enormously grateful for your friendship. Your "here to serve," and "always a pleasure," approach to life and work allow your epidemiologic brilliance to shine even brighter. Thank you for
pointing the way for the rest of us! Covering each one of you in prayer for your continued strength and courage!

 

Kevin M. De Cock (Saturday, January 19 13 08:13 am EST)

 

Steve and family -
thank you for your immense contributions, Steve, as well as personal kindness. To the whole Thacker family, all best wishes for courage and strength, and thanks for setting such an example of
solidarity and support.

 

Jessie R. Magloire-Legros (Friday, January 18 13 07:50 pm EST)

 

Tres Cher Dr. Thacker

I miss speaking French with you whenever we met in the hallways at CDC. I fondly remember your reminiscing about your work in Haiti as an EIS officer; I will always treasure your story of swimming in
the dark in the hotel Oloffson pool and being "attacked" by a bat. There was so much wit and humor in that story. I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Thacker recently and was buoyed by her charm,
kindness, and wit. I am so glad to see that you have not only your biological family but the entire CDC family and friends/colleagues from all over the world wishing you thoughts of wellness and
praying for a miracle in your life. For years, you have been the first person from CDC to introduce so many fellows (PMF, PHPS, etc..) to CDC's illustrious history. I honor you and am eternally
grateful for your support while I have been at CDC. I want to share one of my favorite verses from the Bible with you and with your family: "He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on
Thee". Isaiah 26:3. Avec Beaucoup d'Amour, d' Admiration et de Respect! Jessie

 

Susan J. Robinson (Friday, January 18 13 05:23 pm EST)

 

Our work at CDC is never done and Dr. Thacker's accomplishments and leadership will remain an inspiration. Thank you, Steve and brave family, for allowing us to express our deep appreciation through this Web site and upcoming event.

 

Stephanie Zaza (Friday, January 18 13 02:31 pm EST)

 

Steve - I had one of those moments today when someone asks me a question and my first thought is, "What would Steve do?" It happens a lot and I'm really glad that you taught me so much during the
past 3 years in OSELS (and the 18 years before that!).

 

Cammie Chaumont Menendez (Friday, January 18 13 01:54 pm EST)

 

God bless you Dr. Thacker - I continue to remember all the kindness you have shown me and think of you very often. I wish you the most meaningful, loving moments with your family.

 

Dr. T. Demetri Vacalis (Friday, January 18 13 12:50 pm EST)

 

My friend, we accomplished much together -- electronic MMWR, Ep-X, increased electronic readership of scientific information and a continuing education program linked to the MMWR for MDs, nurses and others. You are an inspiration to us all.

 

Mary Sue Lancaster (Friday, January 18 13 12:20 pm EST)

 

Thank you for your outstanding contributions to CDC and public health. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Sakina M. Jaffer (Friday, January 18 13 12:15 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker and family:
You are in my thoughts. My prayers are with you for strength during this challenging and difficult period of life.

 

Deborah Dee, EIS 2007 (Friday, January 18 13 12:07 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
Thank you for all you've done for the EIS program and CDC. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I know you are cherishing and making the most of your time together. God bless you.

 

Cam McIntyre (Thursday, January 17 13 10:19 pm EST)

 

Steve and Steve's Family -
Steve and I were together in the EIS class of '76. I have followed your career and have been proud of all you have done to improve the health of all on our planet. You have served and contributed so
much. Thank you. And it was good to spend time with you at the EIS 50th celebration.
Cam

 

Dawn Castillo, Director, Division of Safety Research, NIOSH

(Thursday, January 17 13 10:51 am EST)

 

Though we have never met in person, I have benefited from your leadership in surveillance in your scholarly work and the CDC infrastructure you helped established. I always enjoyed your presentations and learned from them. THANK YOU for all that you have done for CDC and the public's well-being!

 

Cristi Schwarcz (Thursday, January 17 13 09:32 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker - You and your family are in my thoughts during this time. You have left such an indelible mark on so many and your brilliance is matched only by your kindness and the respect of all of
those who know you. All my best, Cristi

 

Guang Zeng (Wednesday, January 16 13 08:33 pm EST)

 

Dear Mr and Mrs Thacker:
I am Guang ,your Chinese friend. I am very sad of hearing that Steve was developed CJD. He is my good friend of whole life. During June 1985 to July 1986 I once followed him to study surveillance,
EIS field epidemiology and public health in EPO, CDC. During that period he and all your family members, and EPO colleagues gave me great help and treat me so kind and nice. I was invited to visit
your home several times. From that time I had a dream to have China- EIS in my life and Steve encouraged me to come true it. Only in the year of 200l China really established our own EIS, Chinese
Field Epidemiology Training Program, and so I became its director till now. I remembered in the year of 2003 in Nanjing. China CDC invited Steve as honored guest to attend he the ceremony of the
first cohort graduates of China-FETP. He highly congratulated to this China’s achievement and mentioned our long term personal friendship in his speech at that ceremony. He was the earliest CDC
doctor who contributed China-FETP.I hope Steve could read my email.

Dr Guang Zeng MD, MSc
Chief epidemiologist in Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Director of Chinese Field Epidemiology Training Program (CFETP)
Counsellor of Beijing Municipal People's Government
27 Nanwei Rd. Beijing 100050, China
Tel:+86-10-63033030
Fax:+86-10-63022556

 

Jim Marks (Wednesday, January 16 13 05:57 pm EST)

 

Steve, I am sorry that I wont be able to be at your event. We worked so long together-EIS 76 and Legionnaires and even since I left CDC. You are in my thoughts. Jim

 

Lynda Delaney (Wednesday, January 16 13 04:27 pm EST)

 

Dr Thacker, Your presence is greatly missed. Thank you for your kindness, dedication and commitment to all things. My son enjoyed meeting you while volunteering this summer, despite just having recovered from knee replacement you took the time to meet and greet him with a smile. I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and wish you well. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Pam Lutz (Wednesday, January 16 13 04:14 pm EST)

 

Thinking of you and your family often. I miss our discussions about the importance of EIS – isn’t 60 years enough? – and our weekly movie reviews. I greatly appreciate the opportunities you have
given me over the years, the support and kindness you show all staff, your genuine interest in those you encounter on a daily basis, your commitment to public health, and your devotion to family. We
miss you at OSELS and send you warm thoughts and prayers.

 

Jim Lange (Wednesday, January 16 13 01:51 pm EST)

 

A very bad call from the ultimate ref. Your legacy will transcend this event.

 

Bill Baine, P.U. '66, EIS '72 (Wednesday, January 16 13 01:39 pm EST)

 

Steve brought order to the reporting of diseases from the states and tremendous leadership to EIS, even if my former secretary Burnese Harper could not get him to wear a tie. I looked forward to
seeing him every April.

 

Greg Istre (Wednesday, January 16 13 12:47 pm EST)

 

Steve,
You have been in my thoughts often over the 30+ years of our friendship, and more so now. Our prayers are for your continued strength, to guide you through these challenges. Thank you for touching so
many lives.

 

Andrea Sharma, EIS 2004 (Wednesday, January 16 13 11:52 am EST)

 

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

Andy Pavia (Wednesday, January 16 13 11:39 am EST)

 

Dear Steve and family,
You touched so many lives and careers and set a shining example. Few can say that. My thoughts are with you all.

 

Kristie Appelgren, EIS '11 (Wednesday, January 16 13 11:38 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
Wishing you and your family strength, grace, and the joy of each day together. Thank you for all you have done.
With best wishes,
Kristie

 

Kelly Henning (Wednesday, January 16 13 11:33 am EST)

 

Steve - I miss our chats and ramblings about EISOs we both knew and liked over the years. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Emily Jentes (Wednesday, January 16 13 11:32 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,
Thank you for being a champion of the EIS program. You have been instrumental of the careers of many young public health professionals. Thank you for your selfless and tireless work throughout your
career. You are an inspiration to us! We are thinking of you and your family at this time.

 

Stephanie Zaza (Wednesday, January 16 13 11:30 am EST)

 

Steve - missing you and thinking about you every single day. Luz, Maria and Gaby - wishing you comfort during this very difficult time.

 

Valerie Curry (Wednesday, January 16 13 11:04 am EST)

 

Dr Thacker, I miss our little chats as we made our afternoon coffee, they were always entertaining and enlightening. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Livi (Wednesday, January 16 13 09:40 am EST)

 

I never knew your name but I saw you often in the CDC's gym in the morning. I admired you for your dedication to working out even with a slight cough you made sure you got your workout in. I am
keeping you and your family in my prayers.

 

Thelma K. Williams (Tuesday, January 15 13 03:53 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, Thank you for the many opportunities to learn from you and be guided by your leadership. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Your legacy at CDC will live on in the mrfzefany lives you have inspired and touched.

 

Leigh Cash (Tuesday, January 15 13 03:30 pm EST)

 

I had the great pleasure to meet and chat with Steve while on a visit to CDC earlier this fall. He was amazingly kind and generous with his knowledge. We shared a few good laughs about the view from
his office, the random deer nibbling the edge in the early mornings, and thoughts on family, life and work. My husband and I were devastated to hear and are keeping your family in our thoughts and
prayers.

 

Melissa Shepherd (Tuesday, January 15 13 03:29 pm EST)

 

You are an inspiration to so many people who love, admire, and respect you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

 

Andrew Autry (Tuesday, January 15 13 03:16 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker -

I have enjoyed getting to know and work with you these past few years. You are a shining example of what CDCers should aspire to be.

 

Marian McDonald (Tuesday, January 15 13 03:03 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and Family--Sending you saludos of love, respect, and appreciation. You are in my thoughts.

 

Niki Keiser (Tuesday, January 15 13 02:39 pm EST)

 

Steve: Please know that you are one of the good guys at CDC and served as an inspiration to me and so many others. You always stepped up to whatever was needed with such professionalism and let's get it done attitude (with humor of course). I remember a Director thanking you for "Acting" so much that you deserved an Oscar. I'm sending prayers and angels to help you and your family at this
difficult time. Peace.

 

Vince Radke (Tuesday, January 15 13 02:38 pm EST)

 

Steve,
Thank you for all you did for Public Health.
Vince Radke

 

Sherry Bolden (Tuesday, January 15 13 02:33 pm EST)

Dr. Thacker,

Thank you for being you! I appreciate the encouragement you gave me to continue to walk the stairs to the 6th floor of our building; especially when I wanted to give up (smile). Your kindness and
laughter is truly missed. My prayers are with you and the Thacker family.

 

Martha R. Boisseau--NCCDPHP/DRH/MIHB

(Tuesday, January 15 13 02:32 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, although we didn't work together here at CDC, your work and reputation are legendary. I'm praying for your strength in these challenging days. And I pray for your family's strength and
courage in the days to come. Thank you for all you've done to make the world a better place. Your living has NOT been in vain.

 

Patty Everett (Tuesday, January 15 13 02:17 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, I have enjoyed working with you. It was always a pleasure to talk to you. I miss seeing you at Century Center Campus and being able to help you with a computer problem. You and your
family is in my prayers.

 

Erika Edding (Tuesday, January 15 13 01:16 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, While I have never had the pleasure of meeting you, I have heard nothing but wonderful things about you from colleagues at all levels from various Centers since I arrived at CDC in 1997.
May God's grace cover you and your family.

 

Angie Frey (Tuesday, January 15 13 01:02 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, You were my introduction to CDC, my first supervisor. That was long ago, and I will always cherish the memories of your devotion to your beautiful wife and girls and your job. Your
character is obvious to all who know you, and your contributions to humanity are immeasurable. I am fortunate to know you, and wish peace for you and your family.

 

Mira Lewis Hornbeak (Tuesday, January 15 13 12:56 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker and Family -
My prayers are with you always. You have served as a beckon to the public health community.
Dr. Thacker, I can't thank you enough for your words of wisdom while dealing with my mother's illness - your wisdom was and is enlightening. I miss your challenges in the gym!!
May God continue to bless you and the family.

 

Duane Smith (Walden Security guard now CDC employee)

(Tuesday, January 15 13 12:45 pm EST)

 

Hi Steve,
Now I know who that pretty lady I saw you with all these years I would see you in and around Decatur! You've been an inspiration for the changes I made in my life to stay on course and follow my
dreams. I miss seeing you around here. I send you and your family best wishes and prayers,

 

Donna Knutson (Tuesday, January 15 13 12:44 pm EST)

 

Steve and Family: Sending you strength during these trying times. Thanks for your dedication and willingness to teach folks like me!

 

Ellen Wan (Tuesday, January 15 13 12:39 pm EST)

 

Just thinking of you and the great inspiration you have provided to multitudes of young professionals starting their careers in public health and at CDC. Thank you.

 

Peggie Neill(Sunday, January 13 13 05:42 pm EST)

 

Steve -
You are a core part of my memories of EIS. You showed the way for how to make public health part of daily life. Prayers and grace for you and family on this journey.

 

Galen Carver (Saturday, January 12 13 03:44 pm EST)

 

Steve, so sorry to hear this news. I am thinking about you and want you to know how much I respect you and how much I enjoyed working with you at CDC. Your friend and colleague, Galen Carver.

 

Sally Faith Dorfman, EIS '80 (Friday, January 11 13 08:46 pm EST)

 

Steve, I still cherish your encouragement, years ago at my last EIS conference, to teach public health to undergrads. I'm now at West Point, trying to put together a seminar series for cadets. With
ongoing thanks to you.

 

Melissa Schwartz (Wednesday, January 09 13 03:53 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, I miss our almost daily chats by the water fountain. You are a wonderful leader and fantastic person both professionally and personally.I am also proud to call you my neighbor; need to
tend to the yard? Just let me know!

 

Joy herndon (Wednesday, January 09 13 10:11 am EST)

 

Happy belated birthday, Steve. I still remember celebrating both your birthday and Norma's birthday while in DSES.

 

Kathleen Varda (Tuesday, January 08 13 09:07 pm EST)

 

You are and continue to be an inspiration to me and my family throughout the past many years (won't say how many b/c I don't want to show my age:)). Of course, I have been a thorn in the Thacker
family side at times. I appreciate not only your professional but personal guidance as we navigated the many illnesses that AJ faced during his first year (late night calls). Maria has always been
like a sister to me and you and Luz have been a second set of parents. I love all of you so much and you are in my thought every minute of every day. - Kathleen(Mark and AJ)

 

Drew Baughman (Tuesday, January 08 13 07:28 pm EST)

 

Steve-Thanks for supporting and authorizing my first course at Emory! You have been an inspiration to me and many others at CDC and beyond. I have always admired your gravitas and example of doing
what is needed. You will always be the man!

 

MariBeth Gagnon (Tuesday, January 08 13 01:01 pm EST)

 

I wish I could look out my window and see you out for your run or on the treadmill downstairs. Your smile and dedication is an inspiration to all of us.

 

Millie Linville (Tuesday, January 08 13 12:50 pm EST)

 

Hi Dr. Thacker! I love the new pictures of you and your family that Maria has put up for all of us "Thacker Cheerleaders" to enjoy. The photos are very touching. My favorite of you from "school" is
the one with mustache and long hair. It's a trip! We really miss you. Also, a big thank you, Maria, for your energy and passion in putting together this site.

 

May (Monday, January 07 13 03:18 pm EST)

 

 

Dear Steve,
Miss having you around the office, especially running with a "challenge du jour" question which you have always undertook with great humor and patience. Just to let you know you are missed and
thought of frequently.

 

Donna Garland (Monday, January 07 13 02:53 pm EST)

 

Steve, Thank you for all you have given over the years! I smile with each memory of working with you. I appreciated your time, your wit, your brilliance.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - D

 

Oona Powell (Monday, January 07 13 01:54 pm EST)

 

Steve, I hope you and your family had nice holidays together and I hope you had a very happy birthday. You are in our thoughts every day. We are mindful of all you have given to us, and we are very grateful. Thank you! My best wishes to you and your family as you face this enormous challenge together. Just know that we are here to help in any way we can.

 

Nakki Price (Monday, January 07 13 10:54 am EST)

 

I was so devastated to receive the message regarding Dr. Thacker's illness. As a young professional, I look up to him with his picture of health and awesome accomplishments. All of you are in my
prayers. I'm so honored to have met and worked with him in my career while at CDC.

 

Nedra Garrett (Monday, January 07 13 10:40 am EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God continue to strengthen you and your family during your illness. I appreciate all the support you have provided to me, particularly to the
Informatics Fellowship program. Many thanks for always be willing to take a moment to share a greeting or thought. Stay encouraged.

 

Shara Senior Wesley (Monday, January 07 13 09:59 am EST)

 

Hello Thacker Family, First I would like wish you all a very Happy New Year! Dr. Thacker was my first boss when I started at the CDC in 2006. The thing was... he was more than a boss to me at this
time. He was a mentor and a friend. I remember sharing so many office chats about his basketball team or coffee selection of the day. He was always so encouraging as I was trying to complete my
fellowship assignments. He always spoke of his family and you could just feel the love he had for you all. I am praying for you all daily and am so very appreciative for your offering this
website/guestbook for others to share in our celebration on the wonderful man that your father is to so many of us. God bless you always

 

Rosa McPherson-Greene (Monday, January 07 13 08:02 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker and Family,

I feel honor to have worked with you during my first encounter at CDC, at Clifton Road, Bldg 1. I will always remember your smiling face and cheerful hello. You probably remember my last assignment
was with the Chief Operating Officer. You never fail to stop and chat, those are fond memories that I will never forget. I am deeply sadden to hear about your illness. May God give you and your
family strength in the coming days and months. Fondly,

 

Michael Greenberg (Monday, January 07 13 03:14 am EST)

 

Dear Steve,
Thanks for all you have given - to the field of public health and epidemiology, to me personally at a seminal point in my career. My thoughts are with you and your family.

 

Tanisha Denny Hill (Saturday, January 05 13 11:58 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,

You have inspired me from the moment I met you when I started at CDC as a contractor. You encouraged me to join a women's basketball league and rekindled my love for the sport. You are a great scientist, an inspiring coach and an exceptional human being with a wonderful spirit. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.

 

Sally Varner (Friday, January 04 13 05:55 pm EST)

 

Dear Coach Thacker, Keeping you and your dear family in our prayers. Thanks for all the coaching and friendship. God bless. Al,Sally & 'Little' Sally Varner

 

Hal Margolis (Friday, January 04 13 05:36 pm EST)

 

Steve - you have always been an inspiration to me and so many others over the years at CDC. You are in our prayers in these difficult times

 

Maureen Barnes (Friday, January 04 13 11:59 am EST)

 

Steve-So very sorry to hear about your illness. Our family has so many fond memories of you coaching our daughter in basketball. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Maureen and Bob
Barnes

 

Theresa Potts (Thursday, January 03 13 02:06 pm EST)

 

Happy belated birthday Dr. Thacker. I do miss you from stopping to talk to me in the breakroom and the halls. It doesn't seem the same. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

 

Nelson Adekoya (Thursday, January 03 13 11:51 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker: My family and I are praying for your speedy recovery. With God all things are possible.

 

Natarsha Thompson (Thursday, January 03 13 08:25 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,

Thinking of you and your family as this time.

 

Erika serrano (Thursday, January 03 13 02:59 am EST)

 

Hi Steve, Please know that my thoughts and prayer are with you during your recovery .

 

Patrick Flaherty, PHPS '98 (Wednesday, January 02 13 10:22 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve,
I am thinking of you and your family during this time. Thank you for your incredible support of CDC and public health. You are an inspiration to me and to many, many people.

 

David Callahan(Wednesday, January 02 13 02:54 pm EST)

 

Steve,
Wonderful seeing the pics of you and the girls (my apologies, Gabriella and Maria--your SPX pics on your Dad's desk are CDC fixtures for many of us!).
David Callahan

 

Stephanie Zaza (Wednesday, January 02 13 10:49 am EST)

 

Happy Belated Birthday, Steve! Hope it was a great day with lots of love (and cake).

 

Megan Sawchuk (Monday, December 31 12 03:05 pm EST)

 

Hello Steve and Thacker family!
Thank you for the gift of this wonderful site and sharing your lives with us. The photos are wonderful. I am looking forward to some added inspiration hearing about Steve using the recumbent bike he
received for his birthday. We are thinking of you all and wishing that 2013 brings you much love and many joyful moments.

 

Bonnie (Monday, December 31 12 10:56 am EST)

 

Hi Dr. Thacker,

I can't believe I forgot to send Happy Birthday wishes yesterday. I hope you had the best Birthday possible!

 

Lisa M Lee and Frances McCarty (Sunday, December 30 12 09:04 pm EST)

 

Happy Birthday, Steve! Hope you can hear our wishes all the way from DC! Hope you all are enjoying the day.. Cheers--
Lisa and Frances.

 

Elvin Hilyer (Sunday, December 30 12 03:26 pm EST)

 

Hello Steve. I have the 31st as your birthday, but just in case it is today - wishing you the happiest possible birthday, today or tomorrow. Believe it or not, I think about you every day. Elvin

 

Sally Brown (Sunday, December 30 12 10:43 am EST)

 

Happy birthday, Dr. Thacker! Hope this is a wonderful day for you and your family.

 

Sally Deuschle (Saturday, December 29 12 05:19 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family:

I just received the news and wanted to convey my concern and thoughts to you all.

My father, Kurt Deuschle, was very fond of Steve and I guess you could say, he was probably one of his favorite students of all time. I met Steve many years ago when he was a young med student and
came to my parent's house for one of their famous parties. My Dad looked at Steve as another son...one who actually liked science! Something none of his three children took or pursued
academically.

Steve gave a very eloquent and thoughtful eulogy at my Dad's memorial service and I was very grateful for his presence there. So many of his former students were leading successful and busy lives it
was hard to get people to commit to coming to the service, but Steve came and stayed afterward for the luncheon and to speak to myself and Jeanne.

A few years later, he was kind enough to meet with my son in Atlanta and counsel him on finding work in the area. My son was very appreciative of his time and advice and did find work shortly
thereafter.

I know that if my Dad was alive today he would have been one of the first ones flying down to Atlanta to see Steve and would have moved heaven and earth to get him the best care available.

Please relay to Steve that our family wishes him a very Happy Birthday and that we are thinking of him. All our best to your family and take care.

Sincerely,

Sally Deuschle

 

Mark Mancinelli (Saturday, December 29 12 10:50 am EST)

 

Doc
While I only got to coach with you for one season, the time was enjoyable and appreciated. Your mix of passion for improvement, and overall humor brought the right balance to the court. Thank you for
the opportunity to be a part of your staff.

Blessings and prayers to you and your family,

Mark Mancinelli

 

Gene & Brenda Matthews (Saturday, December 29 12 07:40 am EST)

 

I woke up early this morning remembering that tomorrow is your birthday. Just a note to let you know that a lot of us CDC'ers from back in the day,who have since relocated to the Chapel Hill area,
have you and your family in our hearts this weekend. Kind thoughts go out to you and your family from the gang in NC, including Ed Baker, Ward Cates, Bill Roper, Bert Peterson, Gary West, Jim Allen
and many others. Gene & Brenda Matthews

 

Linda Stewart (Friday, December 28 12 09:25 pm EST)

 

Happy Birthday, Steve. The pictures of you and your wife and girls and Noah at Christmas are priceless. We love you all. Linda and John Stewart

 

Anthony Pringle (Friday, December 28 12 08:58 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,

I too remember when I first met you. It was my first day on the job at the Lifestyle Fitness Center at Clifton, you walk towards me and introduce yourself with a firm handshake and I will never
forget that. You are always smiling and very friendly, I’m so saddened by the news of your illness. Just by looking at all the comments that people left for you, shows that you are truly loved and
will never be forgotten. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

 

Taylor Krause (Wednesday, December 26 12 01:12 pm EST)

 

Dear Coach Thacker,
Before I moved to Atlanta I had never heard of AAU basketball, and when I tried out for your team for the first time in 7th grade I thought there was no way I would make the team. When I did I was
scared that it would be to tough or that I wouldn't be able to handle it, but you changed all of that for me. For 5years you were the best AAU coach I could've asked for! You helped develop me as a
player and also taught me lessons about life. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers all the time, and I cannot thank you enough for all the time, effort and dedication you put into SPX women's
basketball. I and so many others are very grateful for all that you do.

 

Kathy and Joe Cavallaro (Wednesday, December 26 12 08:40 am EST)

 

Dear Steve,
You have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We admire and appreciate your technical leadership, always enriched with a very human and personal touch. In addition, we have fond memories of you at church and school events over the years. You were always there supporting, cheering, and admiring the beautiful women in your life! Peace.

 

Lisa M Lee and Frances McCarty (Tuesday, December 25 12 06:48 pm EST)

 

Merry Christmas, Steve, to you and your family. Know that we are thinking of you.
Best,
Lisa and Frances

 

Stephanie Zaza (Monday, December 24 12 11:21 am EST)

 

Dear Steve, Luz, Maria and Gabbi,
You are in my heart today and every day. Wishing you a beautiful and peaceful Christmas. With love, Stephanie

 

 

henry rodriguez and family (Monday, December 24 12 08:03 am EST)

 

Coach Thacker,my family and i are without words!what we do know is that we were and are very lucky to have met you!! you were absolutely great to both Tiffany and Nicole as basketball players but more importantly as young ladies! thank you so much from one father to another!

 

Amanda Niskar (Sunday, December 23 12 08:10 pm EST)

 

Steve, Happy Birthday to you! And Happy Holidays to you and your family. Since 1995, you've been my guardian angel, career coach, and mentor. Thank you for all you do.

Blessings,
Amanda

 

Leslie Graitcer (Sunday, December 23 12 05:30 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and Thacker family: Please know that Philip and I are thinking of you every day. Cherish these days together , as I know you do. Your example has helped us to remember to cherish our own
and express our love even more demonstrably and often. Love the family pictures! What a beautiful family! Remember that every day is a blessing in some way.

 

Rachel K (Saturday, December 22 12 07:51 am EST)

 

Steve & family, wishing you a peaceful and happy holiday together.

 

Wanda Jones (Friday, December 21 12 02:43 pm EST)

 

Thinking of you, Steve and family, this holiday season. Blessings to all!

 

Rebecca Baggett (Thursday, December 20 12 04:57 pm EST)

 

While I don't know you personally, I work with several of your father's colleagues in the Genesis of the CDC project. I was so saddened to hear that he had received such a devastating diagnosis. I
lost my own mother to early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. And while not exactly the same, I know the pain of losing someone you love very much to a neurodegenerative condition. I will add your family to
my prayers, and I hope you can all enjoy this holiday season together.

 

Nancy Bailey (Thursday, December 20 12 03:17 pm EST)

 

I want to say thank you for your support and for taking such good care of CDC and our health over the years. I miss your dropping by my office in the late afternoons and sharing some thoughts before
departing for the day. I agree - you are definitely one of the Good Guys! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Karen Scarlett-Adams (Thursday, December 20 12 11:59 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,
Try not to get overwhelmed by the full scope of your illness instead look at it one day at a time. Get through each day knowing that you are a blessing to others and you are blessed. The Thacker
family is in my prayers.

 

Farah Parvez (EIS 2000) (Thursday, December 20 12 11:23 am EST)

 

Dear Steve,
Thank you for all that you have done for EIS Officers and the field of Public Health over the years. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you much love, peace, and
happiness.

 

Mary Barkley (Thursday, December 20 12 10:20 am EST)

 

Hi Doc,
Thanks for your personable and witty way while working for you in the OD...it made my first job at CDC a memorable one. I have great respect for your dedication (sunrise to sunset) to public health.
You and your beautiful family are in our prayers...may God bless you with peace and strength. R/S, Mary

 

Phil Landrigan, EIS 1970 (Wednesday, December 19 12 08:38 pm EST)

 

Steve, All of us at Mount Sinai wish you and your family strength, love and joy. Thank you for your many lectures in our MPH program. Thank you for the many students you have mentored. Merry
Christmas.

 

Julie Dunn Howanitz (Wednesday, December 19 12 05:56 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family,
I was so saddened to hear about Mr. Thacker's illness. I will always cherish those IHM days...especially the IHM basketball days! I hope that you know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that you enjoy your holidays together and have a very special Christmas and birthday.

 

Dylan Krause (Wednesday, December 19 12 05:56 pm EST)

 

Dear Coach Thacker,

Over these past six years of my basketball career you have taught me so much.I don't know how you put up with all of us girls for the all these years, it takes a special person to do what you did.
You are a big part of the reason I am playing college basketball today and I just want to let you know everything you did for me is greatly appreciate. You and your family are in my thoughts and
prayers!

Sincerely,
Dylan

 

Vivian Okafor (Wednesday, December 19 12 05:23 pm EST)

 

Coach,
I do not know where to start. I am still looking out for you to step out of your car for practice, so I can ask all kinds of questions. You always have that smiling assurance that my girls are doing
okay. I am sorry to sound selfish, but what am I supposed to do now. I can't get past this news. If I am missing you this much, I cannot begin to imagine how your family feels. Thank you so much for
being you.
All my love. The girls (Obi and Kaodi) wish you the best

 

Pam Dunn (Wednesday, December 19 12 01:08 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve, Luz, and Girls: Julie received an email today for the Locker Room dedication at St. Pius and shared it with me. Steve, I am so very shocked and saddened to hear of your illness. I
remember our days together at IHM and St. Pius fondly. Not many of us can leave this world knowing that we truly made a difference, but you can. Your dedication to your career and to your family and
community is unmatched. You touched many, many people through the years with your kind spirit. You all are in my prayers. May peace be with you.

 

Sant Perez (Wednesday, December 19 12 12:04 pm EST)

 

Praying for all the Thacker family.
Steve was a very positive force in my daughter's life (Katie Perez). I will always respect him for the sacrifices he made on behalf of the SPX girls program. Those that played for him considered it
a true honor.
God bless you all.

 

Tara McCarthy (EIS class of 2001) (Wednesday, December 19 12 10:23 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,

I too remember the day I first met you. We were at an EIS conference (the year it was not at CDC). I had gotten into the elevator and you struck up a conversation right away. Gave me a hard time --
joking with me. You knew I had played basketball at Duke...you knew so many things about me. I gave you a hard time right back. As we got off the very SLOW elevator all the other EISOs pulled me to the side and said "do you know who that was?" Of course I had not a clue. You had this unassuming way about you and yet the mere fact that you knew who I was made me want to try even harder to make sure I would never let you down. It is something that has stayed with me all these years...even though I have not been at CDC since 2001. I have so much respect and admiration for you and how you treated people and the work you did. I have tried very hard in my work to get to know those around me and to encourage them in their endeavors. Your influence goes far beyond the walls of CDC. I am so sad to hear of this news...but I know that the world is a better place because of you and that you have touch so many of us. I wish I could come to the gym and just play ball. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I do believe in miracles and I hope you find peace in your soul. God bless, Tara

 

Sarah Y. Park (EIS '02) (Tuesday, December 18 12 10:20 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,
I remember the day I first met you, the day of my EIS interview. It was a beautiful autumn day, and though I was nervous, we had a great conversation as you asked me to elaborate on my interests and plans. Later, once I became an EIS officer, I felt honored that you remembered my name and who I was. Of course, running into you periodically in the old CDC gym probably helped. ;o) Thank you for being an inspiration and for all you have given of yourself to EIS officers, CDC, and the public. I am very saddened that we all will be deprived of your shining presence too soon, but hope that you and your family will be able to have still many more wonderful moments together.

 

Bob Chatfield (Tuesday, December 18 12 07:53 pm EST)

 

Steve,

It was a true honor to work with you in the OWCD days. Your intelligence, drive, wry sense of humor, and dedication to public health are deservedly legendary. You were somehow an island of calm and
voice of reason in the many CDC reorganizations and just being associated with you inspired me (and undoubtedly others) to strive to do better. The outpouring of respect and admiration reflected in
these comments are richly deserved and underscore the extent to which you have made a difference in the lives of others. Thanks for being such a great boss; I always enjoyed our impromptu discussions
about movies, books, and of course, sports. May God grant you and your family strength and peace in the days ahead. You always have been, and will be, one of the "good guys." Bob C.

 

Nathalie Philippe (IHM '94) (Tuesday, December 18 12 04:58 pm EST)

 

Hi Coach-

I looked at all the comments and saw so many comments from so many people connected to you in so many ways. I still can't dribble, but I've been able to impress in summer pick up games with a sweet "give and go" layup. Thank you for believing in me when I was a clumsy kid trying to learn how to play the game. I don't doubt that you're taking this on --with the support of Luz, Maria, and Gabby--like the true champ you've always been. Sending you love and all kinds of positive thoughts during this time.

 

Aun Lor (Tuesday, December 18 12 04:26 pm EST)

 

Steve, I remember you told me that having two girls (daughters) creates a lot of joy and happiness in the family. I can tell you are always a proud father. I now have two daughters (8 years old and
11 months), plus a 6 years old boy, though I don't think you have met the boy and our baby daughter. No matter what else happens, and you know what we've been through in the Cambodian Killng Fields, I am happy. Thank you for your wisdom and guidance through these years. My family is thinking of you and your family.

 

Dale Indergaard (Tuesday, December 18 12 03:31 pm EST)

 

Steve- I just found out about your illness and wish you peace of spirit as it runs its course. I enjoyed our time working together on human resource issues at CDC.

 

Jo Elliott (Tuesday, December 18 12 02:49 pm EST)

 

Coach Thacker
I am so saddened by the news of your illness. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. My hopes and prayers are with you in this holiday season of miracles. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for my daughter. Elizabeth met you when she started playing basketball in the 6th grade at St. Pius X. She was fortunate to play for you for 7 years. Now that she is in college, it has made me reflect upon all of those crazy basketball days which I miss SO much. Thank you for your patience, knowledge, leadership, humor, and "getting" Elizabeth while at times other coaches did not. It was a special group of girls and a special time in which you will always be a part of. We are so fortunate that you elected to spend your free time coaching girls
basketball at St. Pius. I know how proud your wife and daughters must be. I am forever grateful.

Jo Elliott (Mom of Elizabeth/SPX 2012)

 

Tina Sang (Tuesday, December 18 12 02:22 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,

Thank you for welcoming new fellows into CDC. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Sincerely, Tina

 

Carmen Walker (Tuesday, December 18 12 12:42 pm EST)

 

Hi Family, my prayers for your sustained love, strength and power. I sure am gonna miss seeing ur Dad's big beautiful legs in the gym! Precious memories :-)

 

Maggie Barnes (Tuesday, December 18 12 11:56 am EST)

 

Dear Coach Thacker and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I can only hope that my daughters have a coach just like you when they start playing. You have always been an amazing and inspirational role model. My Love
Always,
Maggie Barnes

 

Etienne Krug (Tuesday, December 18 12 07:09 am EST)

 

Dear Steve and family, a big hug from Geneva. I keep excellent memories from you during and after my EIS years, so was shocked to hear the bad news. Thanks for the warm welcome and the great and friendly advice over the years. You are a model for many of us in your professional and personal life. The world needs more people like you! Best of luck. I'll be thinking of you.

 

Virginia Lee (Tuesday, December 18 12 04:44 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
I am deeply saddened by the news, and you and your family are in my thoughts. During my time as a PHPS fellow, you left a deep impression on me. Your leadership, intellect, warmth, and kindness were appreciated by many of us fellows. It was always a pleasure having you speak to our class. Wishing you and your family the best.

 

Janet Mohle-Boetani (Monday, December 17 12 10:39 pm EST)

 

Hi Steve- I just want you to know I'm thinking about you. You are one of the people I look forward to seeing every year at the EIS conference- I appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication to the EIS
program and for your ongoing support of the EIS alumni association. Thank you for all that you've done for me and for the EIS program.

 

Pauli N. Amornkul (EIS '97) (Monday, December 17 12 06:27 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
I am forever grateful for the unquantifiable impact you've had on my life and my career... not to mention the myriad contributions you've made to the lives of the public. Wishing you many more
cherished moments with your loved ones, as you continue to create beautiful memories and live life to the fullest. You and your family are warmly in my thoughts.

Alejandro Azofeifa (EIS 2010)(Monday, December 17 12 03:29 pm EST)

Dr. Thacker,

I will never forget our interesting conversation, or “interview”, about public health during the first day of EIS interviews in the fall of 2009. Thank you for all the great things you accomplished
in public health and the many people you impacted with your vision, leadership and experience. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

 

MMWR Team (Monday, December 17 12 02:58 pm EST)

 

A special message to Dr. Thacker and family from MMWR

prepared by Maureen Leahy
desktop publishing team

www.cfraines.com/sthacker.holiday.final.html

 

Debbie Bankston (Monday, December 17 12 12:23 pm EST)

 

Steve
I will always remember you as a "gentle soul". You spent time with us at NCEH for a little while. Thank you for your quiet presence, sound guidance, and gentle manner. I have always looked up to you
as one of the "BEST' at CDC.

 

Ralph Caraballo (Monday, December 17 12 08:54 am EST)

 

As an 1995 EIS officer, I had the pleasure of meeting Steve back then. I have always have great respect for Steve as a professional and a human being. Definitely he has touched many lives at CDC,
including mine. He has been an inspiration. I wish him and his family all the best. Ralph

 

Kathy Gallagher (Sunday, December 16 12 09:24 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,

I so enjoyed the time that we worked together in OSELS and consider myself honored to have woked with a public health legend like yourself. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that you are
enjoying this time with your family.

 

Kathy Walker (Sunday, December 16 12 12:37 pm EST)

 

Steve, Luz, Maria and Gabbi, only God knows the path that we are all destined for. Sometimes we don't understand why things happen the way they do. I love you all and please let me know if there is
anything that I can do for you. You are all in my prayers and I do believe in miracles. God bless you all.

 

Fatima D. Mili (EIS 1989)(Sunday, December 16 12 11:56 am EST)

 

Dear Steve,
I will never forget your warm and welcoming smile during my EIS interview. You were representing EPO at that time, and have been a remarkable role model and inspiration to me since then--Thank you so much. My thoughts are with you and your beautiful family.
Fatima

 

Robert S. Lawrence, MD (Sunday, December 16 12 10:15 am EST)

 

Dear Steve:
My heart goes out to you and your family as you deal with your illness. Thanks for all you have done for public health and for the EIS.
Warmly,
Bob Lawrence

 

Terrell Weitman (Saturday, December 15 12 09:42 am EST)

 

We were devastated to hear about Steve's illness. The world can ill afford to lose such a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Ed Baker (Saturday, December 15 12 08:37 am EST)

 

Dear Steve-Thank you so much for being the inspirational role model you are for thousands of us- for your dedication, optimism, adaptability, and generous spirit. You and your family are in my heart
and my prayers. Your example continues to help me to be a better person and to rededicate myself to our shared commitment to serving others. With warmest regards, Ed

 

Vicki Brown (Friday, December 14 12 07:33 pm EST)

Steve, you and your in my thoughts and prayers

 

Christina Khaokham (EIS '09) (Friday, December 14 12 07:18 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker and family,
I'm saddened to hear about your illness. Sending warm wishes for continued strength, resilience, and humor during this time.
With deep respect and gratitude,
Christina

 

Diane Hairston-Nash (Friday, December 14 12 04:54 pm EST)

 

May the skill of the doctors, the advancements in medicine, and your own personal strength all work
together as an unbeatable team to get you well again. I will always keep you and the family in my prayers.

 

Kathi Reeves (Carmen Villar's former Executive Asst)

(Friday, December 14 12 04:48 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker, I'm soo heartbroken to hear of your illness. When we exchanged greetings awhile ago you were wearing your cheerful smile that I've seen soo many times when you met with Carmen or others in the OD:). I will keep that smile in my memory and believe I will continue to see it brighten everyone's day. Keeping you and your family in thought and prayer. Have faith in the Lord; he
will give you and your family comfort and strength and help you through all that you now face.

 

phillip lamb(Friday, December 14 12 01:44 pm EST)

 

Hi Steve

It me phillip lamb I am glad I got to work with you . Keep god first. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

 

Cheryl Robbins, EIS 2007(Friday, December 14 12 01:39 pm EST)

 

Thinking of you and your family and hoping you all enjoy some quality time together over holidays.

 

Jennier Evans sister of Jataun Smith (CDC)

(Friday, December 14 12 01:11 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker, I have never met you but I feel as though I have known you for sometime and this is because of my sister Jataun Smith. She speaks very highly of you and that is often. She was very
hurt to hear of your illness and so was I. I will keep you and your family in my prayers daily. Take care, and keep God first.

 

Jim Buehler (Friday, December 14 12 01:08 pm EST)

 

Steve, I wish I could thank you in person for the wonderful opportunities you've provided me and so many others at CDC. Lydia and I think about you every day and wish the best for you and your
family. Jim

 

Paul Cieslak, EIS 1992 (Friday, December 14 12 01:05 pm EST)

 

God be with you, Steve and family. You're in my prayers.

 

Bob and Karen Williams (USPHS)(Friday, December 14 12 12:28 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and family - Many of us have been blessed to know you. We have been comforted by your guidance and direction over the years. We have been consoled by you at times of travail. We enjoyed your humor and good cheer. Now our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We hold you up as a shining example of a great mentor and friend. You are what is good, respected, and precious about humankind. With admiration and respect--

 

Denise Giles (PHIF, 2003) (Friday, December 14 12 11:17 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker: As a new public health informatics fellow attending the summer EIS training, your opening remarks impressed me. You reminded us, that beyond the numbers, is a human person for whom we serve. I carry this sentiment with me to this day and it is a remarkable way to follow.

 

Tina Tan (EIS 2000)(Friday, December 14 12 10:57 am EST)

 

Dear Steve and Family,
My thoughts and prayers to you all. Steve, as everyone has noted, you are a great inspiration to all of us who have followed the public health path (still remember being inspired by you during the
EIS course!). Wishing you all the best.

 

Robert A. Hahn (Friday, December 14 12 10:46 am EST)

 

Dear Steve:
I wish you comfort in these difficult days. You are fortunate to have such a loving family to surround you. Know also that I and hundreds, if not thousands of others at CDC, are thinking kindly of
you and wishing you all well. Robert Hahn

 

Barbara Rimer (Friday, December 14 12 09:34 am EST)

 

Dear Steve and Thacker Family,
As a member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, I am so grateful for Steve's advice and support over the years. Sad cannot even describe the depth of my emotion in hearing the
terrible news. my thoughts are with you all.

 

Emily Sutlive Skaggs (Friday, December 14 12 09:18 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker family, I remember Coach Thacker as my 7th grade AAU St. Pius basketball coach. He always brought the bag of eye shields and had us do drills where we couldn't look down and see the
ball. We may have disliked them, but you did that to make us better and challenge us. You are a great person, coach, and example to the whole Saint Pius family!

 

Hope King(Friday, December 14 12 07:48 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God continue to keep you strong.

 

Jeff Sacks(Friday, December 14 12 07:40 am EST)

 

Steve - I have many fond memories of working with you on things ranging from the PHS transformation and CDC awards board to the Stachybotrys inquiry. You have been a steady hand at the helm and made many contributions to public health and the well being of staff at CDC. You are already missed. Know that I and many others care about you.

 

Robin Nandy (EIS 2002) (Thursday, December 13 12 09:26 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve. You are and will always be an inspiration to us all. Your guidance and mentorship is firm in te memory. Wish you and the family a fulfilling holiday season despite the difficult times.

 

Geri (McAlister) deGruy (Thursday, December 13 12 07:22 pm EST)

I wish I had a word that would comfort all of you. Steve, I'm so sorry you're ill. Know that you are all in my heart and prayers.

 

Kimberly Walker (Thursday, December 13 12 06:24 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I recently had several groups from the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department to tour the CDC, and there was a video of a very
youthful investigator of Legionnaire's Disease, Dr. Steve Thacker. What a great video and I could see a part of him in his 2 beautiful daughters. Mrs. Thacker has always left such a memorable
impression on me with her devotion to her family. Thank you Dr. Thacker for all that you have done for CDC, EIS, and the Commissioned Corps. I appreciate working with you and learning from you for so
many years.

 

Lynda (Cupell) Roth (Thursday, December 13 12 04:54 pm EST)

 

When I was Dr. Thacker's secretary and worked under him in EPO, I felt like a valued employee. Dr. Thacker was intense and had high expectations, but we knew and understood his expectations. He was fair and would be in the mail room sorting with the rest of us if his time allowed. I loved working for and with him.

 

Felicia Lewis (EIS '04) (Thursday, December 13 12 03:59 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and family,
I'll never forget my EIS interview with Steve, and how he visibly glowed when we started talking basketball -- his reputation had preceded him but all my nervousness went away when it became clear what a good person he is. What a brilliant, gentle, lovely man; we are all privileged for knowing him. Thinking of you all with love and light.

 

Mansi Shah Das (Thursday, December 13 12 01:37 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve,

As evidenced by the outpouring of love and admiration in these comments, you are truly a role model and an inspiration for so many. We never worked together directly, but I distinctly remember a
chance encounter in a CDC breakroom where we had a brief conversation and I was awestruck by your positive outlook, your gracious nature, and the passion you have for public health. Wishing you all the best. Thank you for all that you have done.

 

Bill Collins (Thursday, December 13 12 01:04 pm EST)

 

Steve, don't know if you remember me from my days in Hospital Infections Program and Health & Safety(Clinic/EAP/Lifestyle contract. Wishing you all the best in your medical challenge. My thoughts
& prayers are with you & your family. Bill

 

Anne Trontell (EIS 1990) (Thursday, December 13 12 12:52 pm EST)

 

I am sad to hear of this challenge that all of you are facing and wish you continued strength and courage. Wishing you all the best.

 

Meredith Reynolds (EIS '99) (Thursday, December 13 12 12:48 pm EST)

 

Steve, you've been an incomparable role model and inspiration to so many. I will be holding you and your family in the light.

 

Deborah Lambert (EIS 1986)(Thursday, December 13 12 12:48 pm EST)

 

I was very sorry to read the EIS email yesterday. I have not been at CDC since 1988, but have fond memories of Steve and others. My CDC experience laid a great foundation for my career.
This website is wonderful. My aunt had CJD, a terrible thing.
I will hold you all in my prayers.
Love,
Deb

 

David Taylor (Thursday, December 13 12 12:47 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve,
Awfully sorry to hear the news. The last message I have from you is dated 2011 when we discussed Kate Winslett's portrayal of an EIS officer. If there ever was a model of an EIS officer it would be
you. I send my best wishes and may you have a great Christmas holiday with your family.

 

Jenny Williams (EIS 2001) (Thursday, December 13 12 11:44 am EST)

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Dr. Thacker. You have always (and continue to be) an inspiration to us all.

 

Mack H. Sullivan, Jr., MD (Thursday, December 13 12 10:45 am EST)

 

I extend my deepest sympathy. My cousin succumbed to this sinister disease in June of 2010. She lived in coastal SE Georgia. As a physician, my role as an analyst between Mayo Clinic and my family was emotionally turbulent. God bless all of you!

 

Bill Kassler (Thursday, December 13 12 10:10 am EST)

 

Steve,
You have been a mentor and inspiration for so many of us, myself included. All my best; with respect, admiration and fondness.

 

Jamey Giddens (Thursday, December 13 12 10:09 am EST)

 

May God bless Dr. Thacker and his family during this trying time.

 

Tom Ortiz (Thursday, December 13 12 09:24 am EST)

 

Thacker Family,
Our prayers for all of you during these difficult times. Treasure the time you have together.
Tom & Georgian ortiz

 

F. Douglas Scutchfield (Thursday, December 13 12 09:21 am EST)

 

The Sisters of Nazareth at Bardstown Kentucky are saying a novena for you and your family. In my prayers too.

 

Mary and Dave Hunter (Thursday, December 13 12 07:03 am EST)

 

With love to you with whom we shared so many wonderful times... So long ago. What a beautiful family you have. We are heartbroken that you are all suffering , and remember that marvelous mind and fabulous sense of humor of Steve's, which we always treasure. Hugs to you.....

 

Siiri Bennett(Thursday, December 13 12 01:02 am EST)

 

Steve, I am so very sorry to learn of your illness. To me you have always represented the best that CDC has—and what I strive to be. Thank you. I wish you and your family the very best.

 

Joan Rubesch (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:24 pm EST)

 

I am devastated to hear this news. It's been many years since I have seen Steve and his beautiful family, but I remember fondly our CDC carpool days and seeing Lus and the then young girls at our IHM parish. My love and prayers go out to you all. May God strengthen and bless you through the beautiful love you share.

 

Herman Tolentino (Wednesday, December 12 12 10:19 pm EST)

 

One of the things I remember is coming across you in the hallway one day, as you were making your regular rounds on the fifth floor of 2400, and you mentioned to me "I heard you have already become a bureaucrat!" I can definitely say because you make those rounds, it makes the bureaucrat's work more bearable. Yours is one life but one that has touched and made a difference in thousands and no one can take that away from you. I am sad to hear about your illness and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. - Herman Tolentino, MD (PHIFP 2004)

 

Carlos del Rio (Wednesday, December 12 12 09:59 pm EST)

 

Querida familia Tacker: I am saddened to hear about Steve's illness. He is a great man and, during these difficult times, he will need all the love and support you can give him. My prayers are with
you.

 

Dick Jackson (Wednesday, December 12 12 09:22 pm EST)

 

Much love to you all. Steve is a wonder guy and it rubbed off on his family, and his Pius Teams and his officers and everyone else. From the west coast Thacker fan club, Dick Jackson

 

Ruth Jajosky (Wednesday, December 12 12 08:59 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you are able to spend a lot of time enjoying your family during the upcoming holiday season. My best to you.

 

Philip Singer, Duke FP Residency 1978 (Wednesday, December 12 12 08:58 pm EST)

 

Steve and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve, you have been a great mentor, leader and role model for many.

 

Carol Walters (CDC Friend)(Wednesday, December 12 12 08:36 pm EST)

 

Steve, I am thinking of you and your family at this time.

 

Stacy Bean (Wednesday, December 12 12 08:30 pm EST)

 

Steve,

Richard and I am are saddened to hear about your condition. We are praying for you and your family. Thanks for your incessant dedication to the girl's basketball program at SPX. Your legacy will live
on. You have touched many lives. May God pour out his blessings on you.

 

Elizabeth Bancroft EIS '99 (Wednesday, December 12 12 08:18 pm EST)

 

Steve has inspired me and intimidated me, in equal parts, to become a better public health official and better epidemiologist. Thank you for all that you do. And to the Thacker family- may all the
words of love and respect warm your hearts during this very tough time.

 

F. Douglas Scutchfield (Wednesday, December 12 12 08:06 pm EST)

 

Steve, please know that my heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers, I will ask the monks at Gethsemani Abbey and the Sisters of Nazereth for prayers, a novena from the sisters.
You are a very dear friend and valued colleague, I am with you tonight and as time goes on. Let me know how I can help. Scutch

 

Heather Menzies (EIS 2006) (Wednesday, December 12 12 07:58 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
You have touched the lives of legions of EIS Officers. Thank you for your inspirational leadership, extraordinary contributions to CDC and tireless dedication to the EIS Program. Thank you for all
that you have given to all of us. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Lynn Sosa (EIS 2005) (Wednesday, December 12 12 07:50 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,
You were one of the first people I met when I came for my EIS interview. I have always considered myself lucky that I could make this claim! Thank you for your leadership and contributions to CDC and EIS. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Donald Shriber (Wednesday, December 12 12 07:20 pm EST)

 

With best wishes, enormous gratitude and endless admiration.
For limitless kindness and patience.
And inspiration.
For giving us so much to aspire to.
A jock, a genius, a friend, a father. A quiet giant. A mensch.

Chatanooga, 1996. My first day at CDC. Steve began teaching me (public health and kindness). For me you've grown taller every day.

 

Steve spellman (Wednesday, December 12 12 06:15 pm EST)

 

Please know that you are being prayed for EVERY day. Your St.Pius family loves you!

 

Daniel Hoffman (Wednesday, December 12 12 05:18 pm EST)

 

I just heard the terrible news. Although I haven't seen Steve in quite a while, I will never forget my time at CDC and working with Steve. Although I was his successor as the ADS at the National
Center for Environmental Health back in 1990, nobody could ever replace Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

 

Danielle Kahn (Wednesday, December 12 12 05:17 pm EST)

 

I am very sorry to hear of your illness. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I want to thank you for all your help and guidance during my CDC years. Your kindness and receptiveness
had an impact on me.

 

Richard Klein (Wednesday, December 12 12 05:10 pm EST)

 

I...along with many, many others...have been enriched and improved by knowing and working with you. It has truly been a pleasure. On to the next great adventure.

 

Li-lien Yang (Wednesday, December 12 12 05:06 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,

You probably don’t know this but your encouragement and support since the diagnosis of my own illness has sent me a strong message: “It’s a problem but we will deal with it. And you can do it.” I
will never forget that you actually reached out to your time keeper and tried to figure out how you could donate leave to me. And when you asked about my health, your calmness and optimistic attitude really gave me assurance that I could at least try my best to deal with my illness one day at a time. Learning about your recent diagnosis, I felt like another heavy blow were thrown at me. I want
you to know that I firmly believe you know how to fight this, and you know not just your family are with you, but many many of us whom your kindness has touched in many ways are also with you. I will
keep you and your family in my prayers.
Li-lien

 

Deborah Adams (Wednesday, December 12 12 04:40 pm EST)

 

Hi Steve, it has been a pleasure to have worked with you since the early 90's with the MMWR Weekly Tables and the 122 Cities. I consider you an ICON of CDC. Thank you for everything. I still have
those red books.

 

Noreen and Terry Kane (Wednesday, December 12 12 04:28 pm EST)

 

So sorry to hear the news. Give Steve our best wishes

 

Laura Franzke (Wednesday, December 12 12 04:27 pm EST)

 

I first met you while working late while sitting on my office floor (NCPHI), and you walked by and asked if the government couldn’t afford chairs? I responded that the recession had hit everyone
hard. It then occurred to me that this might be the “new” leadership- “The” Dr. Thacker. I then ran down the hall and asked if you were - Dr. Thacker. You smiled and laughed (…I was a little
nervous). I then realized you were not only a public health leader and icon, but you also have a great sense of humor too. I only wish you and your family warm and peaceful energy during this
difficult time. Warmly, Laura Franzke (OSELS/SEPDPO/PHIFP)

 

Abigail Shefer EIS '92 (Wednesday, December 12 12 04:26 pm EST)

 

Steve, you have been an inspiration to me and countless other EISers and really everyone at CDC. Thank you for looking out for everyone over all these years. When i think of my time at CDC, you are
one of the people i will always think about. Thank you.

 

Richard Garfein, EIS '97 (Wednesday, December 12 12 04:16 pm EST)

 

Steve has touched the lives of 1000's of P.H. profs, like me, whose careers touch millions more. We are so grateful to Steve for his guidance and his family for sharing his time with us. Peace.

 

Katie O'Connor (EIS 2010) (Wednesday, December 12 12 04:11 pm EST)

Dear Steve,

"Finding the right work is like discovering your own soul in the world." -Thomas Moore

You have been an inspiration to all of us. Thank you.

 

Kevin Winthrop (Wednesday, December 12 12 03:57 pm EST)

 

just wanted to send my best to Steve. He is a wonderful mentor and I enjoyed working for him immensely. He has done wonderful things for the public health of this country.

 

Jack and Ann Jackson (Wednesday, December 12 12 03:32 pm EST)

 

May God give you the strength and courage to endure this awful time in all your lives. We have been stunned at the diagnosis. Know we're thinking of you all.

 

Yolanda Jacobs (Wednesday, December 12 12 03:30 pm EST)

 

It's with a heavy heart, I received the news of Steve. I sincerely enjoyed working with him at CDC. I send my best to you and the family during this difficult time. May you have the strength to get
through.

 

Ralph Cordell (Wednesday, December 12 12 03:30 pm EST)

 

Steve-

You've been one of my heroes and role models and I am honored to have worked for you - even if indirectly. If agencies had personalities, CDC would have yours.

 

Megan Davies (EIS 1998)(Wednesday, December 12 12 03:24 pm EST)

 

Steve,
You continue to be an inspiration to generations of epidemiologists and public health leaders. We know that you will meet this challenge with the strength and grace that you have met all others.

 

Angie Deokar (PHPS '06)(Wednesday, December 12 12 03:14 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, I will always remember when you came to our PHPS graduation following a basketball game and wearing shorts and a t-shirt. It was an example of incorporating public health into our every day lives (and also a reminder to laugh and not take ourselves too seriously)! You and your family are in my thoughts.

 

Paige Welch (Wednesday, December 12 12 03:10 pm EST)

 

Your hard work and dedication have led to magnificent improvements in public health. May you find peace in your heart by knowing your spirit will live on through all that were touched by your
kindness, intelligence and perseverance. Prayers are being said for you and your beautiful family.

 

Tom Hales (EIS '86)(Wednesday, December 12 12 02:58 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and Family: So sorry to hear of your illness. You were/are a GIANT in public health. Your leadership during the training of thousands of EIS officers will continue your legacy for decades
to come.

 

Chuck Gollmar (Wednesday, December 12 12 02:55 pm EST)

Steve,

My prayers wil include you and your family. I very much enjoyed working with you over the years. You epitomized the role of epidemiology in public health

 

Flo Thompson (Wednesday, December 12 12 02:44 pm EST)

 

Stay strong, Dr. Thacker. In this season of love and hope, I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

 

April Smith-Velasco (Wednesday, December 12 12 02:36 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and family - The news reached me recently through other former colleagues at CDC. I had the privelage of working with Steve during my tenure at CDC, and have always been impressed by his knack for accomplishing everything with a smile. My heart and prayers go out to you.

 

Rachel Bennett (Wednesday, December 12 12 02:36 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker family,
My name is Rachel Bennett and I am a colleague of Dick Jackson's at UCLA. I wanted to reach out to you because I lost my own mother to CJD last month. Dick told me what a wonderful man your father
is, and I just wanted to say that your family is and will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Julie Berny Akabogu- George, Md, M.P.H. (EIS '90)

(Wednesday, December 12 12 02:30 pm EST)

 

Dearest Steve, Luz, Maria and Gabriella, greetings from California and a passionate admirer of the work and life of Dr Thacker. My heart goes out to you but most importantly, you will all be in my
prayers. Know that nothing is impossible with God, so lean on that Higher power. All will be well in time...

 

Larry (Wednesday, December 12 12 02:26 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker and Family - I am very sad to hear about the diagnosis. My thoughts are with you all. Dr. Thacker was an amazing presence at CDC and he will be sorely missed. Wishing you peace and
strength though this hard time.

 

Kwame Asamoa (Wednesday, December 12 12 02:23 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker, sad to hear of this diagnosis but I wish you all the best

 

Grace Emori (Wednesday, December 12 12 02:21 pm EST)

 

Steve, the news of your illness has filtered all the way to me in Oregon and I am crushed! Not to my friend, the brilliant, thoughtful and caring Steve. Trust our loving God and He will take care of
you and your family. Fondly, Grace

 

Garry Lowry (Wednesday, December 12 12 02:05 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker and family, I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Steve, you made a distinct impression on me my first day here at CDC as a new PHPS fellow. Wishing you peace, comfort, and
happiness.

 

Harrison and Christine Spencer (Wednesday, December 12 12 01:00 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve, Luz and family

Christine, I and our boys have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve, you have been a far reaching beacon of leadership,science and influence for so many in EIS, at CDC and elsewhere.

We are thinking of you.

 

Asim Jani (Wednesday, December 12 12 12:12 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and Family,

May you find the oasis of deep peace and strength within yourselves individually and as a family as you meet this challenge. May you receive all the heartfelt prayers of healing coming your way from
so many. And amidst the struggles, may you always experience the great joy of knowing how much of an impact you made for so many in their career paths. Thank you so much for all that you have done for EIS, CDC and public health.

On behalf of my family as well, I send you our love and prayers.

Asim, Smruti, and Arjun

 

Jen Brown (EIS 2003) (Wednesday, December 12 12 12:11 pm EST)

 

Steve Thacker is a champion of modern applied epidemiology. By training so many EISOs, he has had an immeasurable positive impact on the health of the American public. My condolences to you and your
family for this extremely difficult diagnosis. Keeping all of you in my thoughts.

 

Ned Hayes (Wednesday, December 12 12 12:04 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve,
Thank you for the help you gave me when I was at CDC, and for your steady leadership. I'm sorry to hear of your illness and I admire your courage, and your family's strength.

 

Clare Dykewicz (Wednesday, December 12 12 12:03 pm EST)

 

Steve, Thank you. You have been the quintessential CDC epidemiologist, and have been a wonderful role model to many EISOs. Your legacy is immeasurable. My thoughts & prayers are with you &
your family.

 

Wun-Ju Shieh (Wednesday, December 12 12 12:00 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve,

As a pathologist, I did not have the privilege to work directly with you; however, I did have the pleasure to work with many EIS officers under your excellent supervision and unparalleled
directorship. Your contribution to CDC and public health will be forever treasured by all of us.

My thoughts are with you and your family. Wish this message on 12/12/12 at 12 pm will bring the best wishes and a peaceful holiday season to you and your family.

 

Reuben Varghese (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:58 am EST)

 

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

 

Denise Garrett (EIS 96)(Wednesday, December 12 12 11:56 am EST)

 

Steve,
I am very sorry to hear about your illness. Please know that we are thinking about you and your family during this most difficult time. I pray you all find comfort, peace, and strength in the midst
of the storm. Love and Blessings!

 

Josh Berlin (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:56 am EST)

 

Steve, so good to spend some time with you again recently at CDC. You have always been, and will always will be, a beacon of public health in my mind. I have learned so much over the years, watching, listening and talking with you. I will especially and fondly look back on our Duke and college hoops talks. With fondest regards, my thoughts are with you and your family.

 

Caren Ginsberg (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:50 am EST)

 

Dear Steve,
Sending best wishes and positive thoughts to you and your family.

 

Robert Cannon (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:49 am EST)

 

Dear Steve and Family,
I first felt your presence in Mobai, Sierra Leone at Doctor Kobba's clinic where you were greatly admired and appreciated. At the CDC you were always someone to admire and emulate. Please move through these difficult times knowing so many have gained by your presence. Take care, Bob

 

CDell Grant (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:46 am EST)

 

To the Thacker Family,
Dr. Thacker (Steve) is a wonderful and thoughtful human being. I worked with him almost 20 years ago. I am sending prayers upstairs for you and your family.

 

Jeanne Alongi (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:46 am EST)

 

Dear Thacker Family,

I am so, so sorry. I first met Steve when I came to CDC 15 years ago to start my Public Health Prevention Service fellowship. Steve, you taught me so much so that year and over the years that
followed. Your commitment to excellence in public health practice inspires me in my work still.

I'm sending all of you much love and prayers for peace and fulfillment in your time together.

 

Wendy Heaps (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:39 am EST)

 

Dear Steve,
You have touched so many lives. For me, your friendly presence at CDC and commitment to public health has always been an inspiration. As a CDC leader you have always been available to engage in discussions and to offer guidance to the rest of us. Thank you!
Peace and grace.

 

Aaron Mendelsohn (EIS 2003) (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:26 am EST)

 

Dear Steve,

My thoughts are with you and your family. I thank you for your support and mentorship during my EIS experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you.

 

Scott L. Tomar, EIS 1993 (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:25 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker,
I am so sad to hear about your illness. I'll always respect and admire everything you've done for public health and EIS. My prayers go out to you and your family

 

Corlis (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:24 am EST)

 

Keep the faith, we are all praying for you and family.

 

Loreen Herwaldt (EIS 1980-1982) (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:24 am EST)

 

I am very sorry to learn of your illness Steve. I am praying for you and your beautiful family.

 

N. Neely Kazerouni (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:13 am EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Your example and inspiration have made my EIS training and public health career a reality and an enjoyable journey. Thank you for all that you have done for us.
With much love & gratitude

 

Deblina Datta EIS'99 (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:12 am EST)

 

Steve, I have long admired your career with CDC as a scientist, leader, and mentor. This year you took time from your busy schedule to make sure I received the Epidemiology issue dedicated to the EIS program while I was posted overseas. It is this type of gesture which you regularly dispensed with such sincerity that says so much about your character. I am humbled by your tremendous contributions to EIS, CDC and Epidemiology. Blessings upon you and your family. With great admiration, Deblina

 

Peter Patriarca, EIS 1980 (Wednesday, December 12 12 11:06 am EST)

 

Dear Steve - you may not remember, but you were my supervisor on my very first Epi-Aid. It seemed as though you just as wet behind the ears as I was, but I would soon learn, both then and
subsequently, that you were among the very brightest and the best, a person that the rest of us humanoids could only hope to emulate. There is a bright star in the sky with your name on it that we
will always be able to see and aspire to for the rest of our days.

 

Greg Heath (EIS 1985) (Wednesday, December 12 12 10:54 am EST)

 

Steve,
My heart goes out to you and your family at such a time as this. Your impact on me during my 20+ years at CDC can be summed up as challenging, inspirational, and joyful. The occasional run together (when your knees were still good! and your infectious smile and laugh are most remembered. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Grace, mercy, and peace,

Greg

 

Emily Lankau (EIS 2011)(Wednesday, December 12 12 10:52 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, you and your family are in our thoughts. Perhaps without even knowing it, you have had such an impact on me and my EIS experience.

 

Cyndy Whitney (EIS 93)(Wednesday, December 12 12 10:50 am EST)

 

Dear Steve and Family

I am so sad to hear about the illness. Steve has been so influential for many of us at CDC and around the world, and we are all very grateful to him. My thoughts go out to you.

 

V. Malone (PHPS '06)(Wednesday, December 12 12 10:45 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, I send to you the joy that you have always given to me and to others. Do you know that I referenced you in a paper last week for my doctoral studies? It is such an honor to know you. My
prayers and love are with you and your beautiful family. Thank you for being such a shining example! You're a Rock Star! :)

 

Jeneita Bell (EIS 2009)(Wednesday, December 12 12 10:38 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, we didn't get to know one another well but you left a positive impression on my during my EIS interview and EIS conferences. I remember being very nervous before my interview with you
because others had warned me that you were tough. Contrary to my fear, we had a wonderful conversation and exceeded the time limit while discussing basketball!

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your service to CDC and public health.

 

David Ripperton (Wednesday, December 12 12 10:37 am EST)

Steve,
I was saddened to hear about your illness. I think of our time together playing basketball and softball in Atlanta with fond memories. I hope you and your family enjoy the upcoming holidays together.
I know they are very lucky to have such a wonderful husband and great Dad. You're definitely #4 in anyone's lineup.

David Ripperton

 

Shahed Iqbal (EIS 2007)(Wednesday, December 12 12 10:36 am EST)

I have always had the highest respect for Dr. Thacker for his contribution to public health and his leadership at CDC. Thought someday I'd have the chance to work with him. I am saddened by the news.
My very best wishes to Dr. Thacker and his family.

 

Elizabeth Cochran (Wednesday, December 12 12 10:29 am EST)

 

My prayers are with the Thacker family. Steve was a great freind and co-worker to me while working for NCEH. Please keep me informed.

 

Candy Holtzman (Wednesday, December 12 12 09:56 am EST)

 

My thoughts are with you, Steve and family. I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing your family photos. It's been many, many years...

 

Allison Longenberger (EIS 2010)(Wednesday, December 12 12 09:53 am EST)

 

I did not get to know you as well as I would have liked but your reputation and your service to public health have no comparison. You certainly inspired many EIS officers, including myself. Thinking
of you and your family during this difficult time.

 

Brandy Peterson (PHPS '06)(Wednesday, December 12 12 09:41 am EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, sending you and your family warm thoughts and strength along this part of the road. It's clear that your journey on life's road has yielded so much joy in abundance and you continue to
share that joy with so many others.

 

T Stephen Jones (Wednesday, December 12 12 09:37 am EST)

 

Sorry to hear of this trouble for a much-admired friend and his family.

Will keep you all in my heart and wishing you all the strength you need to get through this.

steve jones

 

Tom Burns (Wednesday, December 12 12 09:34 am EST)

Luz -

As a parent of Steve's team last year, I wanted to let you know that we are sending prayers and thoughts to Steve and your family. I have always respected Steve's commitment to the girls at St. Pius X and just want you to know that we think of you each and every day.

Tom Burns (father of Gabby Burns - class of 2016)

 

Mark Lobato (EIS 1992)(Wednesday, December 12 12 09:28 am EST)

 

Steve: You are an exemplary model of what it means to live by "data for public health action."

I still laugh at the memory of trying to convenience you that a move from San Francisco to Berkeley for EIS was significant. With a smile you asked for the P value. Of course you were right!

Warmest thoughts for you and your family. Bright Blessings.

 

Ron Campbell (Wednesday, December 12 12 08:27 am EST)

 

Steve, Your presence and stature quickly came to my attention when I arrived at CDC 4-1/2 years ago. Your contributions to public health and CDC are nothing short of remarkable. You have touched,
influenced and inspired many folks at CDC -- myself included. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

 

Tom Chapel (Wednesday, December 12 12 06:43 am EST)

 

Steve: Carolyn Beeker said it best--you are the "poster boy" for all that's good about CDC. I remember doing a restructure of the Program Offices back in Macro days. You were the classic good
solider; the sole one not looking out for their self-interest. I have been in awe as you took on one challenging (i.e. thankless) special task after another from successive directors. All with grace
and competency. Thinking of you.

 

Ken and Irene Castro (Wednesday, December 12 12 05:19 am EST)

 

Steve, Luz, Maria, and Gabrielle: please receive our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes. We sent a separate comment with our telephone contact information and offer to provide a hearty Puerto Rican
meal. Best personal regards to all!

 

Elizabeth Elliott (Tuesday, December 11 12 11:22 pm EST)

 

Hey Coach Thacker,
I just wanted to let you know how much you have impacted my life and so many of the girls who you coached lives. You were such an inspiration to me, not only in the basketball field, but also in
everyday life. I am so sorry to hear about what has happened. I just wanted to let you know that you have all of us thinking about you and your family and that all of our prayers are heading your
way. I just wanted to let you know how much you have impacted my personal life these past seven years. I couldn’t have asked for a better coach. You were a great basketball coach who truly cared
about your players and you made me want to be a better person in general. I’ll see you during the Christmas Classic!! Love you!

 

William Wong (Tuesday, December 11 12 10:21 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve: In 2002, when I was an EIS Officer assigned to San Francisco, you came out to California to visit a few officers in the field. I appreciated your visit very much and the time you spent
meeting with me. I will always remember your teaching and guidance, your leadership, your professionalism, and your kindness. You are an inspiration, and you represent all that is good in medicine, in public health, and at CDC. You have touched so many throughout your career, and I am thankful I had the opportunity to work with and to learn from you. Thank you for making a difference in all of our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I send my best wishes and hopes to you, Will

 

Melissa Van Dyke (EIS '06)(Tuesday, December 11 12 10:07 pm EST)

 

Dear Dr. Thacker,
Thank you for your leadership and dedication to the many EIS officers that have been trained at CDC and your substantial contributions to the public health community. My thoughts and prayers are with
you and your family.

 

Amy Peterson (Tuesday, December 11 12 10:03 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve,
While many warned that being interviewed by you for EIS had brought some to tears, I will never forget sharing stories of rowing, discussing my work in Kirksville Missouri and that you were from
there, and all the interesting things that came up. It was the most fun i've ever had in an interview. EIS was an amazing experience and you are and were an inspiration to us all.

 

Timothy Holtz (Tuesday, December 11 12 09:48 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and family,
Your professionalism and dedication to the work at CDC has made us all better people, and the agency a better place. Your life has been an inspiration to so many. Best wishes for a quiet and peaceful
holiday season.

 

Karen Groux (Tuesday, December 11 12 08:33 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve, some of my best memories of CDC are working with you over the years. You have been so special and inspirational to so many people! I will continue to hope and pray for a miracle. Karen

 

Trevia Pereira (Tuesday, December 11 12 08:01 pm EST)

 

I am so sorry to hear of Steve's illness. I worked with him at CDC several years ago, and he was so dedicated to his daily exercise, that it's hard to believe he could now be so ill. Enjoy the
holidays together, and I'll keep all of you in my prayers.

 

Sherry and Ted Tsai (Tuesday, December 11 12 07:43 pm EST)

 

Dear Steve and Lucy,
Your smiles have not dimmed over the years.
With much love,
Sherry and Ted

 

Carmen (Tuesday, December 11 12 07:28 pm EST)

 

Dear Thacker family- I believe in miracles and you are a living one; a family full of love, happiness, and kindness. I have known Dr. Thacker professionally for more than 20 years and I always knew
he is one among those few who are blessed with extraordinary creativity, strength, and intelligence; and who use their talents generously with deep humanity and dedication to create a better world,
these are even fewer. He has positively influenced the professional and personal lifes of many thousands of public health people around the world, and because of his work the lifes of many people who benefit from stronger public health systems. I pray for the Thacker family, for God to give them strength and a happy holiday season together. God bless you all.

 

Bonnie (Tuesday, December 11 12 07:05 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker, I am sorry to hear of your illness. You always made me feel a part of the mission. I have much respect for you. You have always been and is an inspiration to me. I learned much from
working with you. Know that I am thinking about you and your family. I will continue to lift you all up in prayer.

 

The Gomez-Patron Family (Tuesday, December 11 12 06:56 pm EST)

 

Coach,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love,
Andie, Hilde, Lou,

 

Phil & Linda Drew (Tuesday, December 11 12 05:59 pm EST)

 

Dearest Steve and Luz;
So sorry to learn of our illness. All of us in medicine realize that it is a thin thread we all hang by. We should all as Steve has: do good now. Thanks to your kids we will be praying for you all.

 

Carolyn Beeker (Tuesday, December 11 12 05:52 pm EST)

 

Dr. Thacker: I had many good years at CDC, and you have always been my poster boy for what's best about the agency - intelligence, kindness, commitment. The Tibetan prayer flags on my porch are sending messages skyward for you and your family.

 

Susan Toal (Tuesday, December 11 12 05:42 pm EST)

 

I have always admired your commitment to the essence of public health, integrity, warm smile, and ability to balance work and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Pat Cook (Tuesday, December 11 12 05:28 pm EST)

 

Steve: This is Pat Cook, formerly of the Commissioned Corp at CDC then later Program Director of the Get Smart: Know when your antibiotics work. I would like to tell you that I think that you are a
very special person to me. You were so kind and understanding. My prayers are with you and your entire family. you will be an angel in heaven.

 

 

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