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CRC Courtyard Honors Florence Mahoney

It may have been cold outdoors, but there was a warm feeling inside the Atrium at the Clinical Research Center as friends of Florence S. Mahoney and officials from NIH came together recently to dedicate the hospital's East Courtyard in her honor.

NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni welcomes guests to the dedication of the Florence S. Mahoney Courtyard. An artist's drawing of a bust of Mahoney is at left.

It was a day to remember Mahoney's lifelong interest in health and science, her dedication to NIH and her role in persuading Congress to increase federal funding for medical research. Taking part in the ceremony were NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, Dan Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research, and Dr. Robert Butler, founding director of NIA and currently president of the International Longevity Center.

Marti Scheel of NLM's cataloging section uses a daily combination of biking and Metrorailing to get to work. A Greenbelt resident, she normally cycles to the Greenbelt Metro station, catches the train to Fort Totten station, and bikes from there to NIH.

Along with personal memories of a charming and determined woman, Mahoney was portrayed as an effective advocate of NIH whose crowning achievement was her almost single-handed campaign to create the NIA. She continued her interest and involvement until her death in 2002 at age 103.

A commemorative plaque has been placed in the Florence S. Mahoney Courtyard and the honoree's friends and family have commissioned artist Perry Carsley to design a bust of Mahoney that will eventually be placed in the garden.
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