Mary O'Connor Robin Diven, 83, a retired industrial relations officer for the Naval Photographic Center who served on local hospital boards, died Monday at the Fernwood House retirement and nursing center in Bethesda of complications following a stroke.
A native Washingtonian and a longtime Silver Spring resident, Mrs. Diven lived at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.
She began her federal career in 1923, as a secretary with the old National Recovery Administration. When the NRA was abolished in the mid-1930s, she transferred to the old Rural Electrification Administration. During World War II, she joined the Navy Department and worked as a civilian personnel officer for the Naval Air Station at Willow Grove, Pa. In 1950, she returned to the Washington area as an industrial relations officer with the Naval Photographic Center, from which she retired in 1965.
She served as a Navy yeomanette first class in World War I.
Mrs. Diven was a former president of the women's boards and head of the gift shops at Providence Hospital here and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
She was an active member and former president of the Emerald Isle division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, was active in the Rossmoor chapter of Catholic Daughters and a member of the Ki-Wives, a Ki-wanis Club auxiliary group.
Mrs. Diven was the widow of R. Clinton Robin, who died in 1937, and John M. Diven, a retired civil engineer, who died in 1978.
Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary Jackson of Gaithersburg, and Patricia Schlapo of Rockville; two stepsons, John M. Diven of Long Island, N.Y., and James Diven of Arlington; a stepdaughter, Mary Hale of Fletcher, N.C.; a sister, Helene A. O'Connor of Chevy Chase, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.