Ex-NST sub-editor dies of cancer [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KUALA LUMPUR: Former New Straits Times reporter and sub-editor Dr Millicent Danker died yesterday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. She was 63.
Danker, who was battling cancer for the past six years, was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism a week ago, which induced blood clotting in the lungs, said Perception Management chief executive officer Kishore Ravuri, on behalf of her family.
The public relations firm was founded by Danker 18 years ago after she left her journalism career and joined Petronas as head of corporate communications for eight years.
"She will be remembered always for her indomitable spirit, her strong professional standards, her willingness to fight for the righteous, her inspiring charisma and above all, her caring heart as a fellow human being," said Kishore.
He said Danker would be cremated in London, where her two daughters and grandchildren live, but her ashes would be brought to Malaysia for a memorial service at a later date.
Danker was very much into articles on women empowerment, family and domestic issues in her years as a journalist.
Her former colleague, Phillip Mathews, 69, said he can still visualise her sitting in the newsroom "always typing away without wasting a minute".
"She gave 100 per cent in everything she did, and was a wonderful and energetic person to work with," said Mathews.
"It is such a sad loss," said Dr Muhammad Muda, who worked with Danker on the Malaysia Europe Forum, of which she was one of the founders.
"She was a very resourceful person, knowledgeable, determined, hardworking and very articulate.
We provide platforms for discussions in several cities in Europe and I was very sad when she left our organisation," he added.
According to columnist Wan Ahmad Hulaimi, "I remember the day when she took me to lunch at her favourite work place in London, the Institute of Directors, on a summer's day.
"At that time it looked as if the sun was also shining in her life. She had already told me of her illness but she was fighting back, and she appeared to be winning.
"Her mood was upbeat and positive, considering that she had other setbacks too in her life. She was on to new projects, learning new skills whilst also carrying on her day job. I found that truly inspiring."
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