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Johns Hopkins Employee Turns 100

JHU employee of 50+ years celebrates milestone birthday

Jane Hixson with Dr. Josef CoreshMs. Jane Hixson celebrates her 100th birthday on December 9, 2020. In her years with the University, Jane (pictured with Dr. Josef Coresh) has provided clerical and data support for hundreds of projects, interacted with dozens of students and faculty, and can still be relied upon for her attention to detail and accurate data entry.  She began her long work history in public health research in 1957 at a facility of the National Cancer Institute in Hagerstown, Maryland.  In 1968, Jane transitioned to working for the Johns Hopkins University as part of the work that the late Dr. George W. Comstock had recently begun with the founding of the Johns Hopkins Training Center for Public Health Research. The initial Training Center project centered on a private health census of Washington County, which collected personal and housing information on residents within the county and was the basis of a series of health studies, including Operation CLUE, a cancer study which continues to the present day.  

The Comstock Center, now headed by Dr. Coresh, includes approximately 30 staff members directed by Melissa Minotti.  The Center has about a dozen active studies including CLUE, ARIC and CHS, active since the late 1980s, which focus on strategies for prevention of cancer and vascular disease in the heart, brain and kidneys.  Center staff conduct clinical trials including The Study To Understand Fall Reduction and Vitamin D in You (STURDY) and Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE).  As the longest standing employee in the history of the Comstock Center, Jane is a living link to the early days of the Center’s founding.  Although Jane decreased her hours upon attaining retirement age, she continued to work up to 8 hours a month until the COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020. Jane is still able to live independently and is active with her church, family, and friends.