|Josephine Elizabeth Dettmers Maxwell
Josephine Elizabeth Dettmers Maxwell
Josephine Elizabeth Dettmers Maxwell, 88, a longtime secretary and volunteer at the
National Institutes of Health, died Oct. 24, 2005 of a heart ailment at Shady Grove
Adventist Hospital. She had lived in Bethesda for 53 years.
Mrs. Maxwell was born in Washington and was a 1935 graduate of the old Western
After high school, she worked as a telephone operator for C & P Telephone Co.
In 1938, she was recognized as a Washington Lovely in the old Washington Times
During World War II, she held federal clerical jobs in Washington and was featured in
government brochures urging women to come to Washington to help the war effort.
She returned to C & P in the late 1940s. In 1955, she joined NIH as a secretary, working
primarily at the National Heart Institute. At the time of her retirement in 1974, she worked
at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke. Mrs. Maxwell also
volunteered at NIH in the 1950s to help recovering patients and their families.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Our Lady of
Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda.
Her husband of 52 years, James G. Maxwell, died in 1990.
Survivors include two sons, James G. Maxwell Jr. of Clarksburg and Warren Robin
Maxwell of Bethesda; a brother, Warren P. Dettmers of Kensington; and two