Gudrun Huden, 79, who retired in 1996 as an environmental officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, died April 28 at a hospice in Columbia, Md. The cause was ovarian cancer, said a daughter, Johanna Huden.
Mrs. Huden, a Columbia resident, was born Gudrun Hartig in Berlin. She settled in the Washington area in 1959 and was a research assistant for cultural anthropologist Edward T. Hall in the 1960s. She joined USAID in 1976 and helped in the agency’s response to natural disasters, including famine in Africa. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, Md., where she created a prayer group that gave shawls to those in need. She also helped make elaborate quilts that were auctioned to raise money for the poor in Washington and Baltimore.