Ever since she was a little girl, Linda Elizabeth Nee knew she wanted to go into social work. She really cares about other people, and thought the field presented a good opportunity for her to make a positive difference. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Russell Sage College in 1961, and immediately obtained a position as a social worker in the Social Service Department of the New York Neurological Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. In 1967, Ms. Nee left to become a medical social worker in the Tuberculosis Center of the Medical College of Virginia, and in 1968, she furthered her professional standing with a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. From that point on, she advanced rapidly to roles like clinical social worker in the Social Work Department of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, clinical research social worker in the Section on Experimental Therapeutics at the Laboratory of Clinical Science for the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health, and clinical genetics research associate of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. Her final jobs before she retired in 2017 were member of the ethics committee for the Board of Social Work Examiners at the Maryland Department of Health and social science analyst at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.
Over the years, Dr. Nee connected with her community in a variety of ways. She authored “War, Changeable Weather and Respect, Henrietta Paul Terry World War II Navy Officer Aerologist,” edited the Journal of Social Work of Metropolitan Washington,” and was a columnist for “The Bulletin” through the National Association of Social Workers. She also served that group as the chairman of the ethics and grievances committee and as the president of the Metropolitan Washington chapter, and was featured in “Search for a Killer,” by David Van Biema. Between 1979 and 1999, she was an adviser, organizer, and the president of the Metropolitan DC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
In her recently-acquired free time, Dr. Nee enjoys pursuing hobbies like traveling, writing, reading newspapers, and theater. Additionally, she lends her expertise to the board of directors of the Friends of Clinical Center and to the scientific board of the Familial Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation.