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Her Life

Kase Ikyundu

January 12, 2011

Keren was born on September 2, 1962. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Agber Dimah, her sons, Yange, Wanger and Fanen; one brother, one uncle, mother, nephews cousins and nieces.

Until her death, Keren Patricia Dimah was the Interim Director of the Institutional Review Board Office (IRB Office) and Manager of Full Board Review. She earned a B.S. degree in Psychology and a B.A degree in Political Science at Washington State University in Pullman. Later she earned a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Public Health from the University of Idaho and the University of Illinois at Chicago respectively.  She was alo undertaken working toward the Doctor of Philosophy with a specialization in Health Promotion at Purdue University.

Keren authored or co-authored more than a dozen refereed articles in academic journals. Keren presented papers in her chosen field of Aging at national and international conferences.  In addition, she presented on various topics at the annual PRIM&R national meetings.  She was often invited to submit her manuscripts for review and publication. She was a regular reviewer of abstracts for the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meetings.  She reviewed manuscripts on elder mistreatment for the Journal of Rural Health. 

Keren had a long history of working effectively with various entities including not-for-profit organizations. She worked with organizations in the Chicago area that provide social services to various populations such as children, youths, women and senior citizens. Keren joined Northwestern University in 2004 as an IRB Coordinator after a stint at the University of Illinois School of Medicine.

A woman of distinction, Karen was reserved, caring and deeply spiritual.