I’ve been visiting with my friend and colleague former Newsweek photographer Wally McNamee in Hilton Head, SC over the last couple of days. Wally and I have know each other since the early 70s, and have made numerous presidential and other trips together, including to China, the Soviet Union, and other far-flung places. Wally’s wife Nikki, who was 67, passed away August 16, and he’s really missing her. She was also a friend of mine, and one of the nicest people I ever knew. Nikki was a Capitol Hill legislative assistant and retired as senior vice president for public policy at the American Council of Life Insurers. She worked as a legislative and administrative assistant to members of Congress Frank J. Horton (R-N.Y.), John N. “Happy” Camp (R-Okla.), James R. Mann (D-S.C.) and Carroll A. Campbell Jr. (R-S.C.). She later worked for Campbell when he became South Carolina governor.
Wally is surrounded by friends here in Hilton Head, and others around the country. They have all helped a great deal. His family has also been giving him tons of support, and they are the best. Throughout his ordeal, Wally has maintained a sense of humor, and undying love for Nikki.