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August 9, 1998
Death of Former CDC Employee in Kenya
Dr. Claire V. Broome, Acting Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
We at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are deeply saddened to learn of the
death of Mary Louise Martin, DVM, in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya on
Friday. Dr. Martin joined the CDC as a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service in 1985.
Dr. Martin had recently joined the Task Force for Child Survival and Development as the
Associate Director, Malarone Donation Program, in Kenya, a project to treat resistant malaria.
Dr. Martin was accompanied by her husband, Dr. Douglas Klaucke, a CDC employee, on detail to
the World Health Organization office in Nairobi as part of the worldwide polio eradication
Dr. Martin's work and her life were dedicated to the well-being of children. During her
tenure at CDC, her work centered on birth defects, especially congenital heart defects.
Louise, as she preferred to be called, was not only a champion of children's health worldwide,
she was also a loving mother of three, William Russell, 14, James Robert, 11, and Karen Marie,
We know this is a terrible and tragic blow to Doug and their three children. Her death is
also strongly felt by the CDC family, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the
public health community at large. Our sincerest condolences are extended to her entire family.
In addition, a Kenyan citizen, working for CDC as a driver is missing. Also, the wife of a CDC employee and another Kenyan citizen, who is a long time CDC employee, were injured and have been transported to Frankfurt, Germany. Five other CDC employees have been confirmed safe.
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