Eula McClaney

With great sorrow I read of the passing of Eula McClaney, a "true poor girl who made millions" (Part I, Dec. 19) but never lost the gift for speaking in a clear and easy voice to common people.

As a young lawyer representing her in the 1970s, we spent many hours together. It was clear that her main motivation in life was to repay the blessing and good fortune visited upon her family by "a loving God" and to help people whenever she could.

Although she was a shrewd businesswoman who had a brilliant understanding of the financial realities faced by ordinary people, she never lost that "common touch" so cherished by all Americans. She will be missed.

LAURENCE B. LABOVITZ

Los Angeles

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