In Memoriam – Elaine Washington


washingtonMs. Elaine Washington was a devoted, well-known worker and avid contributor to the NSF mission as an employee of the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) for over 14 years from 2001-2015. She passed away on April 18, 2018. She worked at NSF for nearly 35 years, starting at the 1800 G Street headquarters.

Ms. Washington was an experienced professional responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships through outreach activities. She supported numerous activities in DEB, including advisory panels for Evolutionary Processes (EP), Systematics and Biodiversity Sciences (SBS), Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID), Assembling the Tree of Life (ATOL), Dimensions of Biodiversity and a host of others.

She developed relationships and collaborated seamlessly with the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Education Directors, Materials Research Society (MRS), American Physical Society (APS), AIP Publishing, Division of Chemistry (CHE), Division of Physics (PHY) and the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI).

She was highly engaged and adept at tasks involving data and information technology. She was also an active participant in working groups, business retreats and office events as an all-around contributor and asset to our agency. Elaine’s can-do attitude, hard work and gentle spirit will be sincerely missed at NSF but remembered fondly in our hearts forever.

Her obituary can be found here.