Jacqueline (Jackie) Porter, Office of Extramural Affairs, died at her home on October 20, 2004 after a courageous battle against cancer. Jackie had been the Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Extramural Affairs (OEA) for many years, and, in that role, she served NIDA in many pivotal ways, including preparing RFAs and PAs for publication in the NIH Guide, preparing Certificates of Confidentiality and serving as the NIDA expert on the Privacy Act. Withing OEA her role was also pivotal, with a range of responsibilities that included managing the budget, personnel, Council travel and expense vouchers and special NIH and NIDA announcements such as the PECASE award and the review of B/START and CEBRA applications.
Jackie began her career as a secretary at NIDA when NIDA was a small program within NIMH. Jackie's intelligence, organizational skills and work ethic were quickly recognized and she was promoted a number of times and received many awards, including the NIDA Director's Award, for her service to NIDA and NIH.
Jackie was devoted to her faith and her family. She spent many hours volunteering at St. Catherine's Catholic school and shared her many interests with her son, her parents and her 11 siblings. She especially loved to garden and her office "family" was always delighted to find fresh vegetables from her garden awaiting them and often Jackie would bring in delicious breads and cakes that she had baked.
She was generous, direct, tenacious, honest and dedicated to the mission of NIDA and NIH. She was also an incredibly brave and optimistic friend and colleague. Jackie is greatly missed by all in the scientific community, NIH, NIDA and OEA who benefited from her assistance, appreciated her efficiency, respected her knowledge and candor, and enjoyed her humor and energy.
Rodney (Jake) Marley died on December 6, 2004. Jake was born in Glasgow, Montana. He received his B.S in Biology from the University of Hawaii in 1983. He was a member of the School of Pharmacy and the IBG Training Program from 1983-1987. During that time he held an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship from 1983-1986 and an IBG NICHD Predoctoral Traineeship from 1986-1987. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 1987 under the mentorship of Dr. Jeanne Wehner.
Following his graduate program, Jake spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University in the laboratory of Dorothy W. Gallager. This was followed by Staff and Senior Staff Fellow positions from 1989-1994 at the NIDA Addiction Research Center in Baltimore, MD. Jake left NIDA for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY, Albany, NY. He returned briefly to Colorado and IBG from 1999-2001 as a Research Associate in Dr. Allan Collin's laboratory before relocating permanently to Preston Hollow, NY.