Natalie Trousof of Woods Hole, who combined her knowledge of chemistry and the law in a position at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, DC, died June 28 at JML Care Center in Falmouth. Ms. Trousof was 93.
She was born in New York City, the daughter of Basil and Helen Trousoff.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College in 1947, she continued her education, receiving a master’s in chemistry from Columbia University. She found work in laboratories in Washington State and at the National Institutes of Health.
Returning to school to study another academic discipline, Ms. Trousof earned a law degree from George Washington University in 1961. She used her education in both fields to secure a career at the patent office, where the majority of her colleagues were men, and rose to the top position of supervisory examiner.
Following her retirement in 1990, she moved to Woods Hole and lived in a home built by her uncle, Dr. Paul Galtsoff, a shellfish biologist. She became active in the Woods Hole and Falmouth communities. She was a frequent volunteer at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Friends of Falmouth Dogs, and the Woods Hole Historical Museum.
She joined the League of Women Voters of Falmouth and participated in the group’s observer corps—formed to ensure that town committees followed the open meeting law. Representing the league in the late 1990s, Ms. Trousof worked with the local planning committee to complete a draft to include preferred options for electric utility management in the energy element of the Local Comprehensive Plan; previously she had been a member of the Barnstable County Energy Task Force.
She belonged to the Woods Hole Woman’s Club and was a weekly participant in mah-jongg and Scrabble groups. She read The New York Times daily and enjoyed classical music and opera.
She leaves her niece, Gail Troussoff Marks; two grandnieces; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her brother, George B. Troussoff; her uncle, Dr. Paul Galtsoff; and her aunt, Eugenia Galtsoff.
A memorial service will be held at a future date at Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole.