New York Times Obituary:
On July 29th, in New York City, after a fight with cancer, Sally Minker, 59, died. Born in Camden, NJ on November 19, 1957. Beloved wife of Jason Carucci; dear mother of Roger Dean Carucci; daughter of Jack Minker and the late Rita G. Minker; and brother Michael Minker. Sally received a BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, 1980 and an MFA, Sculpture, photographer and graphic designer. She participated in many group exhibitions in the US and Europe. Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
What the obituary failed to note is that Sally was the designer and manager of the website for the Committee of Concerned Scientists. When you go on our website you will see Sally. She is in every picture, part of every article, the lay-out, the design, the colors – but most of all the heart that she put there. She was devoted to CCS and human rights. She was more than an employee, she was involved. She came to the CCS Annual Meeting even when it was not necessary for her to be there and she always contributed. Sally was a big part of the human rights community. We will be ever grateful for the work she did for us and those in need.
CCS Eulogy for Sally Minker’s Funeral:
We are deeply saddened about the passing of Sally. Sally was involved with. CCS, a non-profit organization of scientists, physicians, engineers and scholars dedicated to protecting the human rights and scientific freedom of our colleagues around the world.
Sally created and maintained our website as a freelance software designer. Sally worked together with our Executive Directors, formerly, Sophie Cook and currently, Carol Valoris. Her efforts with CCS were important since the website is effectively the committee’s public face. CCS hosts its letters on the website, which is critical to how we do our advocacy. We commonly address our letters to heads of state, as well as ambassadors of other countries and other authorities, including representatives of the United Nations. Each year we write more than 30 letters on behalf of individual scientists and in some cases groups of scientists. She made the website easy to use. She categorized the website by individuals and countries and tracked how many people consulted the site.
We at CCS have very fond memories of Sally, including the co-chairs of CCS who knew her, as well as many of our Board Members who attended our annual meetings. She was not only in many ways the public face of CCS by developing the website, Sally also helped our former Executive Director, Sophie Cook with a book she has written.
We are deeply saddened by Sally’s passing.
Sample of Sally’s Art (Photography):