Former North Star parent confirmed as secretary of HHS

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You may have seen in the news that former Eli Lily executive Alex Azar, Sr., was confirmed this week as the new secretary of Health and Human Services.

What would receive little attention in the public press is that Alex is a former parent of now defunct Pack 61. He and his wife Jennifer were active in the pack. I had several camp outs with them. One of them lead to a story that’s worth retelling in person, but not as interesting for a blog. Let’s just say the opening line begins something like, “So we were talking over the campfire when a helicopter started circling overhead.”

Alex and his family, Jennifer, Claire, and Alex, Jr., are all very understated, self-effacing, and accomplished. I enjoyed my several years with them doing pinewood derbies, camping, and taking trips to places like Lincoln Boyhood State Park.

Congratulations to the Azars, particularly Alex, Sr.