Eleanor G. Maloney, 81, administrative aide at NIH

March 07, 2002

Eleanor G. Maloney, who held administrative positions for 33 years at the National Institutes of Health, died Feb. 28 of Alzheimer's disease at Asbury Methodist Home in Gaithersburg. The former Potomac resident was 81.

Eleanor Gartner was born and raised in Gaithersburg and was a 1938 graduate of Gaithersburg High School. After graduating in 1940 from the Washington School for Secretaries, she worked for several law firms before moving to San Francisco during World War II and working for the War Labor Board.

She later worked at the U.S. Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and as a special assistant to Gen. Lucius D. Clay Sr. during the occupation of Berlin after World War II.

In the 1950s, she returned to Washington and graduated from the University School of Modeling. She worked as a fashion model during the early days of Washington television.

Mrs. Maloney retired in 1988 after 13 years as executive assistant to the director of the National Library of Medicine and 20 years in a similar capacity in the office of the surgeon general, both at NIH.

Her marriage to Lawrence B. Maloney Jr. ended in divorce.

Mrs. Maloney was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, where services were held Tuesday.

Survivors include three sons, Timothy L. Maloney of Glenwood, Dennis P. Maloney of Vero Beach, Fla., and Kevin M. Maloney of Silver Spring; a daughter, Donna M. Kaufman of Poolesville; and eight grandchildren.

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