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Winifred (Winnie) Isabel Palmer

Died: Tue., Oct. 9, 2012

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Winifred (Winnie) Isabel Palmer, age 71, of Frederick succumbed to cancer on the evening of October 9, 2012 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she had been a resident of Frederick since 1972. She is survived by John Wise, her companion of 30 years and husband of nearly seven, and a sister, Emily Goldstein of Brooklyn.

Winifred Palmer was trained in biochemistry and had over 30 years of experience working in the areas of cancer research, toxicity assessment, and occupational health. She received her PhD from the University of Connecticut and did postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Subsequently, as a toxicologist she was involved in the health effects associated with industrial and environmental chemicals. She had experience developing water and air quality exposure standards and was involved with development of acute and chronic exposure limits for smokes and obscurants, nerve agents, and industrial chemicals as an employee/consultant to the U.S. Army. She was also involved in cancer research at the Frederick Cancer Research Facility and in animal carcinogenicity tests of environmental and industrial chemicals under contract to the National Cancer Institute and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Throughout her career she published extensively, received numerous awards, and most recently was given a commendation by the American Welding Society for her contribution to welder safety as author of ten volumes of the Effects of Welding on Health. She also served proudly as a member of the Frederick County Sustainability Commission.

Winnie’s passions included playing the violin in amateur string groups and nature with its’ beauty and wild creatures of all sorts, particularly frogs and snakes.

Memorial contributions may be made to station WBJC-FM, 6776 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215 or NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) online or Sierra Club, 85 Second Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. An informal gathering of Winnie’s friends is planned for the end of this month with details available at wiseart@aol.com.

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Carolyn Snyder & Jim Lewin
   Posted Thu October 18, 2012
Jim & I were so stunned to hear of Winnie's death. In spite of the very few times we've had to see her in the last couple of years, I felt a closeness from the contacts we had so many years ago, before running into each other more recently. We so regret having been unable to maintain closer contact in the last several months, thus didn't know she was so ill. Please accept our condolances.

Carolyn Snyder & Jim Lewin

Bea Viger
   Posted Thu October 25, 2012
My sincere sympathy to you John and to Emily.
It was not so long ago I was playing tennis and bridge with Winnie; she left us so quickly it seems. She will be missed by many!

Carol and Martin Janowitz
   Posted Sat October 27, 2012
Dear John and Emily,
Tonight we learned of Winnie's passing. We send you our deep sympathy and know how much you will miss her. Her smiles delighted us and Martin especially enjoyed the numerous conversations they had over many years. We were unaware of her illness . We are so sorry to learn of her death.

Steve Hoke
   Posted Thu December 06, 2012

I first met Winnie when she started work with the Army at Ft. Detrick. For a good while our offices were across the hall from one another. In a way she was like an older sister to me. She was always a hard worker and willing to help out on a project. I didn't realize she was claustrophobic until I rode with her to a meeting at Aberdeen and somehow we got routed through one of the tunnels around Baltimore. As we approached the tunnel she said "Oh Steve." "I can''t do tunnels!" It took a lot of talking on my part and about a half a pack of cigarettes but we made it through the tunnel. I think about her often. She is missed. My sincere condolences.



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