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NIDCR Mourns Brenda Briscoe

Brenda J. Briscoe, who recently retired from NIDCR, died Apr. 5. She was a supervisory procurement agent in the institute's Division of Intramural Research when she retired in fall 2003.

Brenda Briscoe
"Brenda was a wonderful colleague and a valued friend," said Dr. Kenneth Yamada, chief of NIDCR's Craniofacial and Developmental Biology and Regeneration Branch. "She was particularly notable for her depth of expertise, her friendliness and helpfulness, and her remarkable sense of humor. She knew all the complexities of procurement with even the most difficult purchasing issues, as well as how to keep us out of trouble with our orders. She was warm and helpful to the wide range of people from many different cultures in our branch. She will be greatly missed."

Born in 1946 in Washington, D.C., Briscoe attended District of Columbia schools and also later attended Prince George's Community College. She worked briefly at St. Elizabeths Hospital in the early 1960s and then joined the Washington, D.C., government where she worked from 1967 until 1980. That year she came to NIH and eventually worked for the Clinical Center, NIDDK and NLM before joining NIDCR in the early 1990s.

Employees who worked on her team at NIDCR praised her fairness, kindness and loyalty. Cynthia Greene said, "Brenda was a great leader of our purchasing staff. She strived to keep us abreast of any new changes in procurement. She believed in teamwork and would always offer to lend a helping hand. When I was new to this job, she took the time to help me become a good purchasing agent — I will be forever grateful to her for that and will miss her very much."

"Brenda was a loving, loyal and sincere person," said Grant Hughes, who also worked on her team. "She was very demanding of the people who worked for her but at the same time very fair. She was one of the most warm-hearted supervisors that I have ever worked for in over 20 years of government service." Hughes also remembered her talking fondly of her grandchildren and about hosting football parties at her home on Sundays.

Briscoe was a member of the New Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Md., where funeral services were held. She loved to read, bowl, organize family bowling nights and exercise.

She is survived by her husband, Reginald Briscoe, Sr.; three children, Barbara and Laneria Bowser, and Reginald Briscoe, Jr.; her mother, Joy Mae Mays; four grandchildren; one sister, Petronia Reynolds; and two brothers, Don and Charles Jacobs, Jr.

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