Patricia Carroll (nee Delaney) Klafehn of Washington, D.C., a former resident of Evanston, died June 2 at the Washington, D.C., Hospital Center. She was 65.
Born Dec. 2, 1942, in Chicago, she graduated from Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest in 1960 and Barat College, also in Lake Forest, in 1964.
Most recently, Mrs. Klafehn was the associate director for the cancer liaison program at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.
While at the FDA, she developed the agency's first program to educate the public about cancer drugs in development so that the views of cancer survivors could be included in the process.
She gave speeches, conducted workshops, wrote articles and produced brochures to help patients and their families decode the language of cancer research. She also trained FDA staff members to be more clear and direct in their communication with patients and their families. In this capacity, she appeared on television on NBC's "Today Show" and CBS-TV's "60 Minutes" to promote her work.
Mrs. Klafehn also served on the public liaison and patient advisory committees of the National Institute of Health, the clinical trials advisory committee for the National Breast Cancer Action Plan and the clinical trials advisory committee of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research and other health-related organizations.
She began her federal career in the Head Start program, developing comprehensive services for low-income children of Native Americans and migrant farm workers.
In 1972, she became president and chief executive of Family Health Care, which delivered on-site management technical assistance to hundreds of National Heath Service Corps physicians' practices across the country. She also worked for the Bureau of AIDS in the Department of Health and Human Services, and developed the surgeon general's program to promote organ donation and to publicly acknowledge organ donors. As a member of the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform, she analyzed the impact of managed competition on under-served and low-income groups.
At the beginning of her career, Mrs. Klafehn taught fourth grade in the Chicago Public Schools until 1967, when she moved to Washington, D.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas, in 2006; her parents, George C. and Margaret (nee Sisk) Delaney of Evanston; and a brother, Michael R. Delaney in 2004.
Survivors include her son, Patrick, of Washington, D.C.; her sister Mary McGuire of Chevy Chase, Md.; and brother George Delaney of Irvine, Calif.
Funeral services were held June 7 at the Church of the Annunciation in Washington, D.C.
Arrangements were handled by Rapp Funeral Home in Silver Springs, Md.