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Budget Community Mourns Herron

Terence J. "Terry" Herron, 50, who had been chief of the Program Budget Branch, Office of the Director, since 1996, died of cancer on Sept. 30 at the Clinical Center.

The Program Budget Branch is part of the Office of Budget, which serves as the central budget office for NIH. Herron was responsible for directing the activities of the branch, providing budget policy, planning and analyses to support the NIH budget of $18.8 billion.

Terence J. "Terry" Herron
Prior to coming to NIH, he had a long career within the Department of Health and Human Services, serving as a budget analyst with the Agency for Children and Families, policy management specialist with the Office of Human Development Services, and as a claims authorizer for the Social Security Administration.

Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and the University of Maryland. He also attended the University of Maryland Law School and American University for postgraduate studies.

Herron was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Parish, a member of the church choir, cubmaster and scoutmaster, intramural coach and referee for Catholic Youth Organization sports, and coach and judge for the Washington area Catholic Forensic League. He was also a keen student of history, with special interest in the American Civil War, WWI and WWII and a musical theater buff.

He was a participant in the NIH-sponsored clinical trial on regression of metastatic renal-cell carcinoma after nonmyeloablative allogeneic peripheral-blood stem-cell transplantation. In addition to his many other volunteer efforts, he was generous in sharing his experiences with other cancer sufferers. During the eulogies at his funeral service at St. John's, friends and family were highly complimentary of the quality of care Herron received at the Clinical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, four children, Brian, Ken (a freshman at Longwood College), Sean (a freshman at Towson University), Megan (a student at Good Counsel), and six brothers and sisters. His coworkers have established a memorial fund to benefit his family at the NIH Credit Union. You may send donations to the Herron Education Fund, MSC 0134 Bethesda, MD 20892. Anonymous donations may be sent c/o NIHFCU, P.O. Box 6475, Rockville, MD 20849. Checks should be made out to the Herron Education Fund.

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