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NINDS Mourns Former EEO Advisor Duvall

George R. Duvall, a former biological laboratory technician at NINCDS (now NINDS), died on Feb. 13 at the age of 78. He retired from NIH in the 1980s with 35 years of dedicated service.

George R. Duvall

In addition to his work in the laboratory, Duvall was an advocate for equal employment opportunity issues. In 1970 he was elected to serve as the first chair of the NINCDS EEO advisory committee.

His EEO work later garnered him an award for his "outstanding performance and exceptional contributions to promoting EEO in the institute, at the NIH and throughout Montgomery County at large." During the award presentation, former NINDS director Dr. Edward F. McNichol cited Duvall's "dynamic leadership and staff work for having made the NINDS advisory committee an increasingly constructive and cohesive force for the welfare of the institute and its employees."

Because of his leadership abilities, Duvall's services and advice were often sought by other NIH institutes as they developed and strengthened EEO programs for their employees.

Duvall is survived by three daughters, one son, one stepdaughter, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death in 2001.

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