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June 10th, 2009

Janet B. Quinn

Published on June 10th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

B. Quinn, 58, passed away on July 19, 2008 after a brief but valiant
battle with lung cancer. Quinn was a project leader for the
American Dental Association Paffenbarger Research Center in
Gaithersburg, MD.  Her research on dental fractography and mechanical
testing received several grant awards from the National Institutes of
Health and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Janet organized a new dental
fractography course in May 2007 at the National Institute of Standards
and Technology. Her studies on dental restoration failure analysis
garnered international recognition.

Quinn received her B.S. (1973) and M.S. degrees (1975) in Mechanical
Engineering from Northeastern University (Boston).  She and her husband
George Quinn met as coop engineering students in 1969. She earned her
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of
Maryland, College Park, in 2000 and then joined  the ADA.

1969 to 1973, she was a coop engineering student at the Army
Materials Testing Laboratory in Watertown, MA. During the late
1970’s to 1991, she worked as a consultant and then as ceramic engineer in the Ceramics Division at MTL.

1991 until 2000, Quinn worked as a consultant at the National Institute
of Standards and Technology  in Gaithersburg, MD, where she
conducted ceramic testing programs. This included biaxial testing of
BK-7 glass disks for airplane window design, tensile testing of ceramic
fibers, and fracture energy measurements of single crystals. The
latter led to a new brittleness parameter for ceramics and an American
Ceramic Society Engineering Ceramics Division First Prize for Technical
Presentation (1995).

Quinn did not limit her accomplishments to science, however. She was also
a well-known professional Middle Eastern dance instructor under the
artistic name: Aliya. She trained hundreds of belly dance students in
Boston, Washington, and Cologne, Germany and Strasburg, France. She was
an active member of the Washington Area Middle Eastern Dance
Association. Quinn loved to share the sensuous and vibrant movements,
the Middle Eastern music, the history, and of course, the glittering
pageantry of the cabaret costumes.  She trained hundreds of students in
three languages in Boston, Washington, and Cologne, Germany and
Strasburg, France.

Quinn had such a wonderful personality that made an impression on everyone
who met her. Her joy of life and her willingness to help people brought
sunshine into many lives.  Everyone remembers her warm smile. She
inspired her loved ones, professional colleagues, and dance friends
around the world.

is survived by her husband, George D. Quinn, children Aleta J. and
George W., mother Florence Gorcenski, brother Edward Gorcenski and
sister Cynthia Kazmer.

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