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Toastmasters Mourn Steven Shaffer

Steven Shaffer, 48, a member of the NIH Evening Speakers Toastmasters Club, passed away unexpectedly at his parents' home in Baltimore on Jan. 2. He worked as a cartographer at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Steven Shaffer

Joining the NIH public speaking club in 1987, he attended the bimonthly meetings regularly and dedicated himself to self-improvement and the improvement of fellow members. He excelled as an extemporaneous speaker with a rare sense of humor. He served as club president and vice president and won many speech and speech evaluation contests. Shaffer was well-liked and admired for his easygoing, warmhearted and gentle manner. Survivors and mourners include his parents, Lillian and David Shaffer, a brother, Brian Shaffer, and a sister, Barbara J. Shaffer, other relatives and many friends, including those in the many Toastmasters clubs in the area.

NIDCD's Debbie D'Angelo Dies

Debbie D'Angelo, a program analyst in the Epidemiology, Statistics and Data System Branch (ESDSB), NIDCD, died recently at her home in Rockville. She was 43.

Debbie D'Angelo

D'Angelo was born and reared in Davenport, Iowa, and received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Arizona in 1981.

She joined NIDCD as a program analyst in February 1995 to work with the chief of ESDSB on program activities within the branch. D'Angelo served as executive secretary of the epidemiology and biometry research advisory subcommittee of the NDCD Council, and as executive secretary to the protocol writing committee of the joint NIDCD-Indian Health Service study of otitis media in American Indian and Alaskan Native children.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a kind person and a valued employee. Ms. D'Angelo's dedication, high quality work, and her consideration for others will continue to be an inspiration to all of us at NIDCD," said Dr. James B. Snow, Jr., NIDCD director.

Before joining NIDCD, D'Angelo worked as a management analyst with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS, where she reviewed and analyzed health legislation. During her time with OASH, she was instrumental in streamlining efforts of the PHS agencies.

Earlier in her career, D'Angelo was employed at the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C., as a general business and industrial specialist. She also held a position at the HQ Army Material Command in Alexandria, Va., as a contract performance specialist.

Throughout her 20-year career, D'Angelo was an outstanding federal employee. She was recognized with many superior performance and special achievement awards for her accomplishments.

Her family asks that expressions of sympathy be made in D'Angelo's name to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1125 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005.

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