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NIDA Mourns Jackie Porter
By Teresa Levitin
Jacqueline Porter, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, died at her home on Oct. 20, 2004, after a battle against cancer. She had been special assistant to the director of NIDA's Office of Extramural Affairs for many years. She prepared RFAs and PAs for publication in the NIH Guide, prepared Certificates of Confidentiality and served as the institute's expert on the Privacy Act.
Within OEA her role was also pivotal, with a range of responsibilities that included managing the budget, personnel, NIDA advisory council travel and expense vouchers, and special NIH and NIDA announcements such as the PECASE award and the review of B/START and CEBRA applications.
Porter began her career as a secretary when NIDA was a small program within NIMH. Her intelligence, organizational skills and work ethic were quickly recognized and she was promoted a number of times and received many awards, including the NIDA Director's Award.
Porter was also devoted to her faith and her family. She spent many hours volunteering at St. Catherine's Catholic school and shared her many interests with her son, her parents and her 11 siblings. She especially loved to garden and her office "family" was always delighted to find fresh vegetables from her garden awaiting them. Often, Porter would bring in delicious breads and cakes that she had baked. NIDA employees remember her as generous, direct, tenacious, honest and dedicated to the mission of the institute. She was also known as a brave and optimistic friend and colleague.Porter is greatly missed by all her NIDA colleagues who benefitted from her assistance, appreciated her efficiency, respected her knowledge and candor and enjoyed her humor and energy.
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