FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
CONTACT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
202-482-4883Statement from Secretary Gary Locke on the Death Of Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Juanita M. Kreps
On Monday, July 5, the Commerce Department lost a member of its extended family with the passing of former Secretary Juanita M. Kreps. After growing up in a Kentucky coal-mining town, she went on to a distinguished career as a professor, author and public servant. When President Carter appointed her Commerce Secretary, Kreps became the first woman to serve in the position and just the fourth female cabinet secretary in U.S. history. Her leadership under difficult economic conditions and her intelligence and devotion to family are remembered by many. I extend my sincere condolences to her family.