Eleanor H. Stoddard, editor

January 30

Eleanor H. Stoddard, an editor for the National Science Foundation for nearly 30 years, died Jan. 7 at Chevy Chase House, an assisted living community in the District. She was 92.

The cause was complications from a stroke, said her goddaughter, Nardi Hobler.

Miss Stoddard, who was a longtime Chevy Chase resident, joined the National Science Foundation as an editor in 1955. During her tenure, she helped prepare “The Funding of Social Knowledge Production and Application: A Survey of Federal Agencies,” a study published by the National Research Council.

Earlier in her career, she was a writer at Time magazine and an advertising copywriter for U.S. News and World Report. She also worked in the promotions department of the American Chemical Society.

After her retirement in 1983, she produced an oral history interview project focused on women who had served in or with the military during World War II. The tapes and transcripts of her interviews are archived at California State University at Long Beach.

She also wrote the 2006 book “Fearless Presence: The Story of Lt. Col. Nola Forrest, Who Led the Army Nurses Through Heat, Rain, Mud, and Enemy Fire in World War II.”

Eleanor Holden Stoddard was born in Summit, N.J., and grew up in Madison, N.J. Her grandfather was William O. Stoddard, one of Abraham Lincoln’s White House secretaries. She was a 1942 economics graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she was senior class president.

Miss Stoddard was a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and tutored D.C. inner-city youth and adults. She moved to Chevy Chase House in 2012.

She had no immediate survivors.

— Megan McDonough