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Demaine Funeral Home
5308 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA

ABDELLAH FAYE G. ABDELLAH Former Deputy Surgeon General Of Annandale, VA, on February 24, 2017, age 97. Faye was born on March 13, 1919 in New York City, and was preceded in death by her parents, H.B. and Margaret Glenn Abdellah; dear brother Marty Abdellah and his wife, Eleanor. She is survived by nephew Robert Abdellah, his wife Diane, their children Joseph, Ross, and Claire, and niece Faye Johnson. Dr. Abdellah, a nurse/psychologist, joined the Public Health Service in 1949 and rose to hold the highest rank of a woman and nurse in the Federal Nursing Services, achieving the rank of Rear Admiral. A Korean War veteran, Dr. Abdellah was the recipient of five Distinguished Service Medals. She was recognized nationally and internationally for contributions to nursing research. She was also recognized for pioneer research in progressive patient care, a concept which resulted in the establishment of the first coronary intensive care units. A graduate of the Ann May School of Nursing (New Jersey) Dr. Abdellah earned her doctorate degree from Columbia University in New York. She was the recipient of 12 honorary degrees, over 90 major awards, authored or co-authored more than 152 scholarly publications, and authored six books, some translated into six languages, which have altered nursing theory and practice. Prior to her role as the Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN), Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), Dr. Abdellah served as Chief Nurse Officer and Deputy Surgeon General of the United States from 1981 until her retirement in 1989. She retired as Founding Dean in 2002. Dr. Abdellah also served as a Sigma Theta Tau Distinguished Research Fellow in an Emily Myrtle Smith Professorship, and as an Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She had the unique honor of election as a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing where she later served as vice president and president. In 1989, she was recognized with the Prestigious Allied Signal Award for pioneering research on aging. The Institute of Medicine recognized her contributions to the environment and healthier lifestyles in 1992, with the Gustav O. Lienhard Award. In 1994, The American Academy of Nursing honored Dr. Abdellah with The Living Legend Award. She was elected to the Hall of Fame Distinguished Graduates and Scholars, Columbia University, 1999. In 2000, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, and in 2002 received the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and received the Sigma Theta Tau Lifetime Award in 2006. Dr. Abdellah peacefully spent her final years as a resident of Arleigh Burke Pavilion. A public visitation will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA. A service to celebrate Faye's life will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at The Chapel at Vinson Hall Retirement Community, McLean, VA. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dr. Abdellah's memory to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) College of Nursing, Bethesda, MA.
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 5, 2017
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