The Montgomery County Planning Board accepted a generous gift from Dr. Thressa C. Stadtman, a Principal Investigator in the Laboratory of Biochemistry, NHLBI, which added 5.8 acres to Rock Creek Regional Park in Derwood. There were only two conditions associated with Dr. Stadtman’s gift: that the land is not developed and is managed in perpetuity as conservation parkland to maintain the existing natural resources; and that the tract of land is named “The Stadtman Preserve.” The home in which Dr. Stadtman still resides is located on the gift property and contains more than 1,000 azaleas and rhododendrons which were planted by her late husband, Dr. Earl Stadtman. For more information on the news release, please visit Montgomery Parks Media Center.
The Stadtmans were the first husband-and-wife scientists at the National Heart Institute when they joined the NIH in 1950. The NIH opened an exhibit in their honor, “The Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIH” in 2004. To learn more about this remarkable couple, click here.