Thursday, January 03, 2008

Obituary: Luis Ramos

From the Times-Leader (Penn.):

Luis Ramos, who has been the public face of the Susquehanna nuclear plant since 2004, died Tuesday when his 1997 Hyundai Accent swerved off Interstate 80 and onto the median in Foster Township then struck a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at about 7:30 p.m., according to state police at Hazleton.

The 57-year-old Puerto Rico native had been working for PPL Corp. since 1973, in positions that dealt with the public at the corporation’s Allentown headquarters. When the public-relations manager position opened up at the nuclear plant in Salem Township, Ramos moved to Shickshinny.

He was tailor-made for the position, according to Dan McCarthy, the company’s director of corporate communications, because he understood the contentious nature of the nuclear industry.

“The thing that was great about Lou was he respected people, so he respected people’s opinions even if they disagreed with him. … He wasn’t the kind of a guy to beat you over the head if you disagreed with him,” he said. “He was the kind of guy who just loves being with people, getting along with people and explaining to people what we do at the company.”
Ramos was well known here inside NEI, and he'll be missed. I had the chance to meet him a few years ago here in Washington, and I feel fortunate that I had a chance to meet him and talk with him for a while. He was a real pro. Our condolences to his friends and family.

For more on his passing, click here.

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