NIDCD's Helen Abbott Mourned
By Cheryl Fells
Helen Ruth Johnson Abbott, who had been with NIH for 24 years and was an administrative officer in NIDCD's extramural program, died on May 27 at her home in Gaithersburg. She was 58.
Abbott was born in Duncan, Ariz. She attended Brigham Young University in Utah, and continued her studies at Montgomery College in Rockville from 1984 to 1989, receiving an associate degree in business administration.
In 1989, she joined NIDCD as an administrative assistant. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to administrative officer for four of the institute's components.
Before coming to NIDCD, Abbott worked as a secretary in the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, an extramural program at NIDDK. She was also a secretary in the computer science section, Biometry Branch, NCI.
In June 1987, Abbott was selected for administrative officer's training under the NIH Career Curricula Program. Throughout her career, she was recognized with numerous awards and certificates for superior work performance. Many of her efforts were devoted to excellence and equality in the workplace. From 1984 to 1985, she was an active member of the NIDDK EEO advisory committee. In this capacity, she served as a representative to the Federally Employed Women's Training Program. From 1980 to 1982, she was a member and recording secretary for the NCI EEO advisory committee. For her dedication and outstanding service, she received the NCI EEO Honorable Recognition Award in 1983.
"Helen was always direct, committed and had a good sense of humor," said David Kerr, NIDCD executive officer. "She took pride in her work and her family, especially her seven grandsons."
In her private time, Abbott enjoyed volunteering for church-related educational and recreational groups. She taught religious education at adult volunteer classes that included as many as 150 people, and led group discussions on building teaching skills.
Abbott will be greatly missed by all of her friends and colleagues. Her family asks that expressions of sympathy be made in her name to the Montgomery Hospice Society, 1450 Research Blvd., Suite 310, Rockville, MD 20850.
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