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Elizabeth Monroe Boggs, Ph.D., Honorary AAP Fellow, died Jan. 27 of injuries sustained Jan. 21 when she lost control of her car on an icy road near her home in Hampton, N.J. She was 82.
Dr. Boggs was co-founder and past president of the 140,000-member Association for Retarded Citizens, based in Arlington, Texas.
She was principal architect of federal legislation that expanded the definition of disabilities to include people with physical handicaps. Earlier federal programs had served only the mentally retarded.
She was born in Cleveland and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1935. She married Dr. Fitzhugh Boggs, a fellow scientist, in 1941. Their son, David, born in 1945, suffered brain damage from a severe illness during infancy. His plight inspired her commitment to the retarded.