Wong Says Farewell After 46 Years at NIH
In today's fast-paced, job-changing society, it is unusual to find someone who has worked in the same job for even 5 years. Doris Wong is a noteworthy exception, having spent the last 46 years of her career as a microbiologist in NIAID's Laboratory of Infectious Diseases (LID). She is leaving now only because she is retiring.
Dr. Robert Purcell, LID co-chief and hepatitis viruses/molecular hepatitis section chief, has been working with Wong since 1963, "through thick and thin I have gotten thicker, she has stayed thin!" He said that her work contributed to the discovery of two of the five recognized hepatitis viruses as well as to the development of vaccines for three of the viruses. During her time at NIH, she has co-authored 54 publications and was senior author on three.
Co-workers in the LID hepatitis section say Wong is "an inspiration," "a rare combination of kindness, generosity, and a never-ending source of information and skill." "There are not enough words to say how much we will miss her here at NIAID," they add.
Wong attends the Chinese Community Church in Washington, D.C., and is looking forward to devoting more time to the volunteer work she and her husband already do for the church, such as fundraising. She also designs jewelry, a hobby she will pursue more vigorously after retirement. In addition, Wong plans to take classes and visit the museums at the Smithsonian Institution and get a home computer to keep in touch with her many friends and colleagues still at NIH as well as those who have moved on to institutions across the United States and around the world.
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