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Marjorie A. (Joanne) Darken, of DeLand, age 97, passed away December 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM at The Cloisters, where she had been a resident since 1994. She is survived by nephews Lawrence (Alison), William (Michele) and Edward (Jackie); nieces Joanne, Mary Darken Herrington (Thom) and Betsy; and sister-in-law Margaret Darken. She was a microbiologist, and one of a group that developed penicillin and produced the first batch that went to Allied troops in World War II. She also served as a member of the editorial board of the journal Applied Microbiology (now Applied and Environmental Microbiology) and held other editorial, governmental and consulting positions. She was an honorary member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. After retiring to Florida in 1974 she remained active, becoming a research investigator at Stetson University. She also served as president of the West Volusia Branch of the National Audubon Society from 1981 to 1988; president of the Deland Chapter of the American Association of University Women 1978-80. From childhood on she was keenly interested in nature, and when she lived in New Jersey she had as a summer retreat a cabin by a lake. As an adult she traveled throughout the world (except for the Arctic and Antarctic), taking superb photographs, especially of people and markets, to share with friends and relatives back home. There will be a service at St. Barnabas Church in DeLand on Saturday, January 19 at 11 AM.


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 17, 2013
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