Mark Haines: Mary Thompson Remembers

This is a very sad day for CNBC. Without Mark we are not as smart and we are not as funny. He will be greatly missed.

Like a lot of others at CNBC, my encounters with Mark off the set were brief, but usually memorable. When I was first came to the network I introduced myself to him and he asked me where I had worked before.

"Oh, it's too bad no one watches them," he said after I told him, and walked off.

Sometimes his abruptness was unsettling but he could be equally compassionate. He was one of the first to ask after my sister, also a reporter, who went public about her battle with breast cancer. His thoughtfulness meant a great deal to me.

In Memoriam: Mark Haines
In Memoriam: Mark Haines

On air he was a masterful interviewer, our best I always thought. When he was focused, few could match him when it came to asking the perfect question. His work on 9/11 was unforgettable. I could never do it justice trying to describe it.

This what comes to mind when I think of Mark Haines—his "off-air" ensemble of an electric green t-shirt, sweat pants and boat shoes, the day he said emphatically how much he loved Christmas, and beyond anything, how much he loved his family. He was devoted to them and my thoughts and prayers go out to them.