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Bob Braun, Newark Star-Ledger Columnist Reflects, as he retires with his final column…

After 50 years of adventure, a Ledger columnist puts down the pen

“…But the best was meeting, even befriending, the ordinary people whose stories were extraordinary. I can’t name them all, but start with Megan Coffee from Maplewood, the brilliant physician who came to Haiti days after the earthquake and hasn’t left. She runs a tuberculosis clinic in Port-au-Prince. She is paid nothing.

Coffee is a Star-Ledger Scholar, one of 264 young people honored by a Newhouse family scholarship. I ran the program for the 22 years it lasted, so I now know some of the most brilliant people the schools produced then: scientists, physicians, academics, lawyers, entrepreneurs.”