Beloved wife and mother, passed away at her home in Darnestown on January 17, 2019 at the age of 68. She had bravely battled ovarian cancer since 2017. She is survived by her devoted husband of 33 years, Andrico Nungovitch, and three children, Petro, Stefano, and Athina, who surrounded her with love until the very end. Born in southern California, Melinda graduated from Pacific Palisades High School in '68, then attended Smith College for two years before being accepted to Harvard Medical School, where she earned her MD and MPH. During her extraordinary career in global health-20 years at CDC, 5 at HHS, and 14 at RAND-she attained the rank of Captain in the USPHS, worked in over 45 countries, and touched countless lives. She will be remembered for her adventurous spirit, moral and intellectual leadership, and eternal optimism. Melinda met her future husband in 1984 in Kinshasa, where, together, they reigned as undisputed champions of the mixed-doubles tennis court. They married in '85 and raised their children ('86, '88, '90) in Kinshasa, Atlanta, and Maryland. Besides her husband and children, Melinda is survived by her brother and sister, Rick and Melanie, as well as many other family members and friends. A memorial service to honor her life will be held in the spring. Tributes can be made to GCSproject.org.
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 27, 2019.