Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Betty Jean Wen, 85, who retired from the Bureau of National Affairs in 1982 as supervisor of the customer accounts and records
department and then spent 17 years as a BNA consultant, died March 23 at Suburban Hospital. She had complications of
Ms. Wen, a Chevy Chase resident, began working at BNA in 1940 as a circulation clerk. The daughter of Chinese immigrants,
she spent much of her early life working at her parents' Chinese American restaurant, King's, on 14th Street in Northwest
Washington, as well as at Moon Palace, a Chinese restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue.
Ms. Wen was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Central High School and Strayer College.
In retirement, she volunteered at Suburban Hospital and Iona Senior Services in Washington. She contributed to many charities,
among them the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
She was known for giving away self-made and store-bought food to colleagues, friends, people she knew at drugstores and the
dry cleaner, repairmen and others who crossed her path.
She had no immediate survivors.