Friend: C. Patrick Babcock was ‘Mr. Everything’ in state government

Aug 7, 2018 by

No TitleLANSING — A former colleague of C. Patrick Babcock described him Monday as someone who had “the exterior of a cotton ball and the spine of a steel rod.”

“Don’t take his quiet, demure personality as a sign of weakness,” said Tom Watkins, a friend of Babcock’s since the early 1980s.

Watkins, a former state schools superintendent, shared Monday memories about Babcock’s life after news surfaced that Babcock died Sunday. He was 77.

Watkins described Babcock as “Mr. Everything” in state government because he accepted challenges in a variety of key roles — regardless of the political environment.

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