|Milford “Jiggs” Myers, worked at NIH as the landscape architect and chief of the grounds maintenance and landscaping section from 1956 to 1970. A World War II Army Air Corps pilot and Penn State graduate, Myers created the original “Your feet are killing me” sign to protect the NIH lawns. This sign appeared in newspapers across the country. He also planted the “Tree of Hippocrates,”
which was a gift from the Greek ambassador, and is located on Center
Drive, across from the National Library of Medicine.
Myers’ daughter, Karen M. Stakes, a University of Maryland graduate, is a librarian and head of Information Services at the NIH Library. She said she feels extremely fortunate to work with such dedicated staff. Prior to coming to NIH in 2005, Stakes worked at the Parklawn Health Library, HHS, in Rockville
for 32 years and was director from 1998 to 2004. She began her federal career in 1973 as a clerk typist at the National Library of Medicine.
Stakes’ son Keith began working at NIH in the summer of 2007 as a high school student with the Division of the Fire Marshal. This is his second summer
as a fire protection aide. Keith said the experience he is gaining will be a tremendous asset for his future studies. He will be entering the University of Maryland in the fall, majoring in fire protection engineering. He is also a volunteer
firefighter and EMT with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.
If you know of other three-generation families employed at NIH, contact the NIH Record staff.