City offers another honor to former councilwoman

March 23, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. March 23, 2011

Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry received double honors Monday, as she accepted a major honor and the city proclaimed the day as Maureen McCarry Day.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and Swedish Medical Center issued the proclamation for McCarry’s efforts to bring a hospital campus to the Issaquah Highlands. The hospital is scheduled to open in July.

The proclamation called on residents to thank McCarry for service to the community.

The mayor announced the proclamation Monday after McCarry received the top environmental honor in Issaquah, the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community.

Following the Kees announcement, McCarry’s husband, Tom Knollmann, read from remarks she had prepared for the ceremony.

“When we last sat together, I told my husband that the worst part of my challenge was the inability to say thank you,” Knollman read. “That has not changed, and as Lou Gehrig said, ‘Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth,’ and I, too, feel I am lucky.”

McCarry resigned in December as symptoms from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, progressed.

“Thank you again from the bottom of my heart, and know I feel the joy that Lou Gehrig expressed on a similar day when he said, ‘I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for,’” Knollman read.

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