Dear CADSF Family,
It is with a heavy heart that we read the news of the passing of retired Congressman Ed Pastor.
“It is impossible to overstate the contribution Congressman Ed Pastor made to the AZMOM program – he found us a wonderful home (Veterans Coliseum) to host our annual event. Since he got involved, we have provided over $12 million in free dental care to people truly in need. Congressman Pastor made life better for the underserved citizens of Phoenix – our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.“- Kevin G. Conroy, Executive Director CADSF
“On a lobbying trip to Washington DC in 2011, our group met with Congressman Pastor and told him of our plans for AZMOM and he asked us where we were going to hold the event. I told him, its too expensive and we haven’t been able to finalize it. He said “well that’s a no-brainer” and picked up the phone and dialed the Governor’s Office back in Phoenix – when the call was over, we had a place to host AZMOM and we have been there ever since. Ed Pastor was a friend to me and to this community – he will be sorely missed.” – Dr Fred Olsen, Founding Member – CADSF
He was known as an effective negotiator and statesman, served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 23 years, but did not seek re-election in 2014.
We remember Ed Pastor fondly at Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation. He will be missed by all.