Jerome Daen

Science Foundation Administrator

Jerome Daen, 77, a retired National Science Foundation administrator, died of an intestinal obstruction Sept. 30 at Holy Cross Hospital. He was a Chevy Chase resident.

Mr. Daen began working for the foundation in 1966, supporting science education in schools and basic computer research. As part of the foundation's science education directorate, he led programs that included the "Introductory to Physical Science" middle school curriculum in the late 1960s, the "Faces of Change" anthropological film series and the "Limits of Growth" political economy project. He was a Fulbright scholar in Colombia in 1967 and spent 1978-79 at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government's executive education program.

He returned to the National Science Foundation to work as budget director, administrator of the computing research group and other roles until he retired in 1999, and then consulted on grant proposals and program development.

Mr. Daen was a New York native and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and City College, receiving a degree in chemical engineering. He received a doctoral degree in chemistry in 1954 from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He had a two-year postdoctoral research position at Cornell University and the University of Maryland. He taught chemistry at Lehigh University from 1958 to 1966.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dr. Phyllis Daen of Chevy Chase; three children, Jonathan Daen of Greenfield, Mass., Matthew Daen of Charleston, S.C., and Meris Steele of Glen Echo; a sister, Miriam Daen of Rockville; and nine grandchildren.