Celia White Tabor, NIH biochemical researcher; at 94

WASHINGTON — Celia White Tabor, 94, a longtime biochemical researcher at the National Institutes of Health, died Dec. 2 at her home in Bethesda, Md. She had cardiopulmonary arrest.

Dr. Tabor joined the institutes in 1952 and worked in a biochemical research laboratory, later headed by her husband, Herbert, at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases. They studied the biochemistry of polyamines, compounds that play a role in controlling the growth of normal cells and cancer cells. She retired in 2005.

Celia White was born in Boston. A 1940 Radcliffe College graduate, she was one of six women in her 1943 class at Columbia University’s medical school. She reportedly became the first female intern in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


She leaves her husband of 66 years; four children, Edward of Bethesda, Stanley of Brookline, Mass., and twins Marilyn of Cambridge, Mass., and Richard of Moss Beach, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.