Condolence Book Set Up Outside Rockefeller's Office

JULY 18, 2006 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Conversations were subdued at the state Capitol the day after the death of Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller at the age of 57.  Tracy Horne, Governor Huckabee's communications director, said there was a different mood in the building, more quiet than normal.  Horne said people were realizing that they really don't appreciate somebody like Rockefeller until he's gone.

Horne worked in Rockefeller's gubernatorial campaign briefly last summer before it was called off following his diagnosis with a rare blood condition, myeloproliferative disorder.  Yesterday, she had dropped by the lieutenant governor's office to offer condolences and talk with staff.

Doyle Webb, Rockefeller's chief of staff, said Rockefeller's death left a void, a void caused by loss of a good friend and a good man.  Rockefeller's body will lie in state at the Capitol rotunda tomorrow and a memorial service is set for Thursday.

Outside the lieutenant governor's office, a small memorial had been set up with a condolence book in which more than 100 visitors wrote messages.  Handwritten notes were offered by visitors from as far away as Belarus.

In that book, Larry Schmidt of Tallahassee, Florida wrote: "Arkansas has lost a good man."

Another entry, by Beck Keogh, no hometown, said "May God bless memory of a great person.  He will be missed."

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