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William H. Goldwater, NIH research director

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Thursday, March 17, 2011; 6:07 PM

William H. Goldwater, 89, a retired research director at the National Institutes of Health, died Feb. 23 at his home in Bethesda. He had chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Dr. Goldwater moved to the Washington area in 1959 to work in the research grants division of the NIH. He later worked on research projects with the National Heart Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences before becoming director of the extramural research office in 1985.

In that position, Dr. Goldwater reviewed grant proposals from outside research groups seeking NIH funding and support. He retired in 1993.

William Henry Goldwater was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He was a 1941 graduate of Columbia University and received a doctorate in biochemistry there in 1947.

He began his work for the federal government in 1952 as a radiological biologist at a Navy laboratory in San Francisco.

His was a member of B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville and the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marilyn Rubin Goldwater, a retired member of the Maryland House of Delegates, of Bethesda; two children, Charles Goldwater and Diane Goldwater, both of Los Angeles; a brother; and one granddaughter.

- T. Rees Shapiro


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