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Printing Specialist Tolbert Strong Is Mourned

Tolbert Lee Strong, Jr., a printing specialist for 21 years with the printing procurement section of the Office of Research Services' Reprographic Communications Branch, died on Nov. 26 of cancer. He was 50.

Tolbert Lee Strong, Jr.

Born in Sunflower, Miss., he came to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area at an early age, and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1968. He began his government career in 1969 as an administrative aide in the White House. After working his way up to staff printer there, he joined NIH in March 1978 as a printing specialist. He also drove a taxi cab part-time for more than 20 years.

Known as "Strong" to friends and coworkers at NIH, he spent several years attending the University of the District of Columbia part-time in pursuit of his degree. He was less than 20 credits away from a bachelor's degree at the time of his death.

Strong married Theresa Johnson in 1970, and they had two children, Tolbert Lee III, and LaTrice. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Mary Louise Strong, two sisters, six brothers, and a host of relatives and friends.

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