Sarah Childs-Grebe, was an authority on conflict resolution and divorce mediation, died Dec. 3, 2004 at the Washington Home. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
From 1982 until retiring in the late 1990s, Dr. Childs-Grebe had a private mediation practice in Kensington. She counseled families and small businesses on conflict resolution.
During her career, the former student of renowned mediation specialist O.J. Coogler was involved in a number of other projects outside of her private practice. She was a former senior associate of the National Association of Social Workers in Washington and a former assistant editor of the journal Mediation Quarterly.
In 1984, she helped found and direct the National Center for Mediation Education, an Annapolis-based nonprofit educational organization that provides training for family mediators.
She also helped direct a family mediation program at Catholic University and worked as a mediator in the Montgomery, Prince George's and Anne Arundel county circuit courts.
She was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she also received a master's degree in ethology, the study of animal behavior. She also received a master's degree in family therapy from American University and a doctorate in social work from Catholic University.