By Linda Huss
The National Eye Institute said good-bye to Mary Slagle after 20 years of service with the institute, and almost 40 years at NIH.
She joined NEI in 1984 as secretary to the director, deputy director and executive officer. In 1990, she was placed on a Career Opportunity Training Agreement and was offered a job as administrative officer in the institute's intramural program, a position she held until her recent retirement.
Slagle was responsible for the day-to-day administrative support of personnel, procurement, budget and space management. At her retirement party, former supervisor Olive Childers spoke fondly of Slagle, saying that during the years the two worked together, they fostered a strong working and personal relationship. "Although we were at opposite ends of the spectrum in our management styles, we complemented one another and made an excellent team," she said.
Slagle was raised in Brunswick, Maryland. She began her federal career in July 1965, working in Bldg. 13 as secretary to the chief of the shops section, Plant Engineering Branch, now known as the Office of Research Services. From 1970 through 1984, she worked in Bldg. 1 in the Office of Program Planning and Evaluation, OD.
About retiring, Slagle says, "It's time to enjoy my hobbies at a more leisurely pace." She likes basket-making and reading, and looks forward to spending more time with the loves of her life — her husband, Mel, her daughter, Mary Ann and her granddaughter, Hailey.Over the years, Slagle called working at NIH a "family affair." She has three sisters, a daughter, a brother-in-law and a son-in-law who also work at NIH.
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