Madeline M. Nevins, writer and editor, dies at 78

January 31

Madeline M. Nevins, who did writing, editing and research for several organizations in the Washington area and retired from Booz Allen Hamilton in 2000, died Jan. 9 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. She was 78.

The cause was a cerebral aneurysm, said her husband, Stephen B. Weiner.

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Dr. Nevins was an editor of religious books and worked at the IPA consulting firm, at the Association of American Medical Colleges and at Maximus, a government services contractor.

At Booz Allen Hamilton, she was a proposal writer and editor of the firm’s Web site, among other responsibilities. A certified French-English translator, she oversaw the Web site’s foreign-language content in seven languages, her husband said.

Sarah Elizabeth Nevins was born in Boston. She took the name Madeline Marie after becoming a Roman Catholic nun in the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.

While serving as a nun and working as a teacher, she received a bachelor’s degree in French from Regis College in Weston, Mass., in the early 1960s, a master’s degree in French from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., in 1966 and a doctorate in medieval semiliturgical French literature, also from Tufts, in 1973. Her research scholarships included a Fulbright fellowship.

Dr. Nevins left the religious order in the early 1970s and taught at North Carolina Wesleyan College before settling in the Washington area in 1975. She was a longtime Kensington resident before moving to the King Farm community in Rockville in 2004.

She was a past member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, where she served on the parish council and as a lector. She later was a lector at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Stephen B. Weiner of Rockville, and two sisters.

— Emily Langer

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