MADD is devastated to learn that former National President Laura Dean Mooney passed away Thursday night at her home in Texas. She was 59.

Laura was a fierce and tireless advocate for tougher drunk driving laws, law enforcement and the victims of impaired driving. She served as MADD’s National President from 2008 to 2011.  Laura came to MADD after her husband, Mike Dean, was killed by a drunk driver in 1991, just eight months after their daughter, Tara, was born.

Laura became a MADD volunteer in 1993. Fifteen years later, when MADD announced she was the new National President, Laura reflected on the tragedy that led her to MADD. “This was the saddest day of my life. My husband was killed for no reason and my daughter was fatherless,” she said.  “There wasn’t Thanksgiving that year. My daughter’s life, my life, and that of all the families involved changed forever.  Fortunately, I decided to do something about this horrific event by trying to prevent others from suffering the same kind of pain. MADD makes the roads safer and I wanted to be part of that.”

MADD extends our sincere condolences to Laura’s husband, College Station Mayor Karl Mooney, Tara, and her entire circle of family, friends and colleagues. We join them in grieving this tragic loss.