Grande Dame of Indexing at the National Library of Medicine, Thelma Charen, Dies

Thelma Golden Charen, former indexer, trainer in the Index Section and senior technical advisor in the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) Section of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) died July 14, 2013 in Bethesda, MD, one day shy of her 97th birthday.

Mrs. Charen was notably awarded the Marcia C. Noyes Award, highest professional distinction offered by the Medical Library Association in 1985, as an acknowledgement of a career that resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship.

For more information about her life and career, please visit the NLM’s tribute to Thelma Charen at

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