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Saturday, April 25, 2009

David Kellerman

The Geranium Farm has a very special feature called "Light a Prayer Candle". I use it often to offer prayers and thanksgivings and to join in the prayers that are already there. I swear, though this is a computer website, that love is there and can be felt palpably. It's very like entering a chapel.

So just now, I have left a prayer for the Family of David Kellerman, the acting Chief Financial Officer of Freddie Mac, who took his own life sometime early this past Wednesday. We've written here about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and how the government took them over back in September as they faced enormous losses in the mortgage debacle. Kellerman was named then to step out of the frying pan and into the fire of managing Freddie's finances through this tumultuous period. The firm not only has huge losses but faces multiple investigations, with many officials and actions being questioned by Congress and regulators.

Kellerman was a bright man, only 41, and his official portrait, widely published these last few days, shows a great smile, unusual in business photos. But it's known that he'd been working long hours and was feeling the tension and pressure in his transitional role. One of the harder spots to be in right now anywhere.

So we feel for his coworkers at Freddie Mac. And we especially feel for his family: his wife and 6-year-old daughter. Their hardship in coming days -- and months -- will be great. God be with all of these people. May Mr. Kellerman's death help others in these jobs everywhere put their own work in perspective and keep a grip on their own lives. It's only money. Help us all see through that cloud.


We have some personal experience handling the suicide death of a loved one. We call your attention to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,, for information and support. And if you are in crisis yourself, or know someone who is, you can call their Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is also The Samaritans, who maintain a hotline for anyone in emotional distress who needs to talk; their New York City number is 212-673-3000 and they are in Boston and a number of other cities.

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Blogger mimihhi said...

I knew David's wife. Haven't seen her in 10 years. The one thing I remember is how much she loved him.
Bright and loving people.
My heart has been so with them...I can't think of much else.
Your right, prayers are what we can do right now.
I want to hold Donna and tell her I love her and I will do that through prayer for her and their beautiful daughter.
Yes, his picture is a of a smiling man who loved life, his job and his family. A braineack who loved his company. A man who helped the homeless and tried to do what he could to make it right. In that desperate moment he must of felt it wasn't enough.
I wish he would have remembered that he was more than enough for his wife and daughter, family friends and neighbors and that above all God loved him.
Than you David Kellerman for caring so much.

4/25/2009 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my. This is so sad. He sounds like a fine man.

4/27/2009 9:11 AM  

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