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Farewell to a Headache Champion

Idell Applebaum
September 23, 1923 – September 18, 2021

Idell Applebaum was born in Chicago on September 23, 1923, to the late Rose (Roth) and Nathan Diamond. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Alfred Diamond, MD (Georgiene), Ann Diamond, and Seymour Diamond, MD (Elaine).

After her marriage to Fred Applebaum in 1947, they moved to Detroit, and there Idell became the secretary to Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers. When they returned to Chicago, they started their family: David (Michelle), Michael (Stacey), and Dena (Joe) Reetz. Idell was the very proud grandmother of her 8 grandchildren.

In 1976, she joined the Diamond Headache Clinic as an administrative assistant and later became the meeting planner for the American Association for the Study of Headache (now the American Headache Society). She also oversaw advertising operations for the journal, Headache. In 1987, she again joined the Clinic as the meeting planner for the Diamond Headache Clinic Research & Educational Foundation — a position she held until her retirement in 2006. She also oversaw advertising operations for the journal, Headache Quarterly — Current Treatment and Research, from its inception in 1990 through 2002.

Idell was a welcoming presence at the courses of the DHC R&E, and greatly appreciated by the faculty as well as the attendees. She was a great partner with the meeting/banquet management at Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Springs as well as Disney’s Grand Floridian at DisneyWorld in Florida.

Above all, she was a great friend and champion of all things “Headache.”

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