Deb Dietz, HIV therapy researcher, gardener

December 15, 2008|By Stephanie Desmon

Deb Dietz, who helped set up clinical research trials of new HIV therapies, died of lung cancer Dec. 7 at her Ellicott City home. She was 59.

Born in Baltimore, Ms. Dietz graduated from Towson High School and the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned a master's degree in counseling from Loyola College and postgraduate degrees in nursing and organizational development from the Johns Hopkins University.

Before her illness, Ms. Dietz was most recently employed at Social & Scientific Systems in Silver Spring, where she was project director for the Community Program for Clinical Research on AIDS. She also managed the SMART study, an international study focused on HIV therapy trials.

Ms. Dietz liked to design and create beautiful gardens and do home renovations.

A memorial service was held last week.

Ms. Dietz is survived by her longtime partner, Amy Kest; a son, Alex Dietz-Kest, 16; her mother, Esther Dietz of Baltimore; and a sister, Sue Rogers of Bel Air.

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