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Naomi Ann Hallden Harley, 90, of Hoboken, NJ, passed away at her home on June 11, 2023. She has been laid to rest at the George Washington Memorial Cemetery in Paramus, NJ.

Naomi was born on August 4, 1932, to Ida Palmer Hallden and Carl Edward Hallden, Sr. In addition to her parents, Naomi is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. John H. Harley, and her brother, Carl Edward Hallden, Jr. Naomi is survived by her five nieces: Janet Mease (Rich) of Hillsboro, OR, Drs. Carol Miller (Bill) of Binghamton, NY, Ruth Ann Jennings (Terry) of Virginia Beach, VA, Lesley Nowakowski (Eric) of Corfu, NY, Joyce Macey of Warrenton, VA, and numerous great nieces and nephews, along with her dear friend and colleague, Passaporn Chittaporn, of Hoboken, NJ. 

Naomi was raised in Tenafly, NJ. Dr. Harley received her Ph.D. in Radiological Physics from New York University, NY, in 1971, her M.E. in Nuclear Engineering from New York University in 1967, her B.E. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union, NYC, in 1959, and an APC in Management from the New York University Graduate Business School in 1983.  

Up until her passing, Dr. Harley was a Research Professor, in the Department of Environmental Medicine, at the New York University School of Medicine. Prior to her appointment to the faculty at NYU School of Medicine, she was Head of the Special Projects Group at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Health and Safety Laboratory. Her primary research interest was in the measurement and dose evaluation of human exposure to ionizing radiation, in particular to radon and other naturally occurring radioactive materials.   Her research resulted in over 170 scientific publications, along with 6 patents.  In her years on the faculty, she mentored many MS and Doctoral students who went on to contribute to the Health Physics community.

Dr. Harley was a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) and a Distinguished Emeritus Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.  She served on four National Research Council committees and chaired a Rand Committee that produced a review of Gulf War health effects from depleted uranium.  In addition, she was a fellow of the Heath Physics Society and a member of the Association for Aerosol Research, American Chemical Society, and the American Association for Advancement of Science,

In addition to her research, Dr. Harley had a passion for both domestic animals and wildlife, travel, and her stamp collections.

A memorial service for Dr. Harley will be held at later time. Dr. Harley was laid to rest with her husband at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.


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