Jean Paddock

Jean Kasuba Paddock, PhD

1939-2012 Dr. Jean Kasuba Paddock, 73, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Leesburg, Va., passed away on Friday December 14th, 2012.

Born in Massachusetts on July 31, 1939, she was the daughter of Stanley A. and Antonina Mahoj Kasuba. She was married to the late John Philip Paddock. Her early life was spent in Pittsfield, where she graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1956. She graduated from Elms College in 1960 with a degree in biology. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Boston University and completed her post-doctoral research in the Department of Medicine, BU school of Medicine. Her career continued in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson University as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Medicine, and Assistant to the Dean. She also served as Director of the Renal Biochemistry and Metabolism Laboratory at TJU.

In 1988, she accepted a position at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland as Health Scientist Administrator and served in senior-level positions at The National Cancer Institute and The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She administered the review of Cancer Center grant applications and evaluated Cancer Treatment Centers across the United States. At NIMH, she became Chief of the Clinical Review Branch and directed the work of several Scientific Review Administrators.

Following service at NIMH, Dr. Paddock accepted the position of Director, Division of Clinical and Population-based Research, at The Center for Scientific Review and was Co-Acting Director, Division of Physiological Systems (1997). Other appointments included that of Associate Director, Office of Program Coordination, Research Integrity Officer, EEO counselor, and Ombudsperson.

Her career culminated at NIH's Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), Office of Extramural Research (OER), Office of the Director (OD), NIH (2003). As Extramural Policy Coordination Officer she served as a senior policy advisor to the Director, OEP, OER and NIH. She also served as communication liaison between OEP, OER and the NIH Institutes and the public, advising on issues related to grants and policy.

Her husband, John P. Paddock of Gaithersburg, MD passed away on December 11th 1994. She was also pre-deceased by several of her beloved family members including Theresa B. O'Brien, Virginia G. LeBlanc, Claire Lang and Helen, Joseph, Alphonse, Edmund, Richard, Edwin and Stanley Kasuba.

She is survived by Gary D. O'Brien and Abby Ketchum of Pittsfield, Robert J. LeBlanc of Leesburg, Va., Dr. Francis Kasuba of Milton, Mass., Donald Kasuba of Pittsfield and their respective families, as well as 21 nieces and nephews, 24 great nieces and nephews and her beloved parrot, Jake. The final years of her life were spent at the home of her nephew, Robert J. (Katherine, K.C.) LeBlanc where she received loving care. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by Kaitlyn, Emily, Rachel, Kylie, Avani and Kingston who were with her on a near-daily basis.

In accordance with her wishes there will be no services.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 6, 2013