Theresa T. Hig­gins

SEC­RE­TARY

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Ti­mothy R. Smith

Theresa T. Hig­gins, 90, who was a sec­re­tary at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Mental Health in Bethesda from 1963 to 1983, died Dec. 29 of thy­roid can­cer at Mont­gomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville.

Be­fore work­ing at NIMH, Mrs. Hig­gins was a sec­re­tary for 10 years at the Jus­tice Depart­ment.

Theresa Mar­garet Troiano, the el­dest of 10 chil­dren, was born in Washington to Ital­ian im­mi­grants. She grad­u­ated from Theodore Roo­sevelt High School in 1940.

She re­ceived a sec­re­tar­ial cer­tifi­cate from Strayer Busi­ness Col­lege in 1941.

She was a fundrais­ing vol­un­teer at St. Ber­nadette Catholic Church in Sil­ver Spring.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band of 65 years, Paul J. Hig­gins Sr. of Sil­ver Spring; three chil­dren, Pa­tri­cia Gray of Washington, Paul J. Hig­gins Jr. of Fred­er­ick and Michael Hig­gins of Ma­rina Del Rey, Calif.; five grand­chil­dren; and two great-grand­chil­dren.

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