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Eileen Mary Bryant


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Eileen Mary Bryant Obituary
Eileen Mary Bryant

Eileen Mary Bryant passed away on May 28, 2014. She balanced her love of nature with her skill as a scientist throughout her life and career. Her talent to pick the perfect gift for anyone was remarkable, and those of her many friends who were in receipt of such treasurers were the lucky ones. After her long career as a cell culturist and cytogeneticist, she shared her knowledge of nature, but especially birds, by leading bird walks through Magnuson Park. She was active in the Seattle Audubon Society and freely shared her enthusiasm and knowledge with her friends in the local birding community. Her pet conures and lovebirds kept her company for many years as she extended her love of birds to her wild friends in her yard which she had transformed into a nature preserve. Her bird feeders were kept filled, even when she was away on long adventures.

Eileen was born to Eileen Kearney and Henry Boszko on April 20, 1948, in Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from Glenridge High School in 1966 and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1970, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She then came west to work in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington. She obtained her Ph.D. in Pathology from the UW in 1981 and went on to become board certified in clinical cytogenetics. Her career brought her to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where she continued her research in the field of clinical cytogenetics, authoring a number of publications in notable journals as well as serving as Director of their Clinical Cytogenetics Lab.

Eileen will be remembered by all who had the privilege to know her as an exceptionally kind and gentle person. While highly motivated and striving for excellence in her own work, she developed a deep interest in art, poetry, classical music and opera. She wove them together with nature to live a rich and fully occupied life.

She is survived by her siblings Stephanie Boszko (Stuart Berkowitz), Patricia Zimabardi, Anne Francisco, Henry Boszko (Janice), and Stephen Boszko; nieces and nephew Jamie and Lindsey Berkowitz, Edwin Francisco.

Those who wish to honor her memory may donate to Seattle Audubon Society or the Sierra Club Foundation. A memorial service is pending.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 8, 2014
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