Adele C. Boudreaux, who was appointed director of the Prince George's County Department of Social Services in September and began working a month ago, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries she suffered in an automobile accident on Dec. 15.
She was 44.
Ms. Boudreaux was on her way to work when her car struck the rear of a vehicle that was stopped at the intersection of Largo Road and Eton Drive in Largo.
The accident, which occurred during a rainstorm, is still under investigation, according to Prince George's County police.
Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening said in a statement that "Ms. Boudreaux was a very talented and caring individual. We are very saddened by her passing and the loss to her family and friends. We had been looking forward to a very productive and professional relationship."
Before coming to Prince George's, she had worked for several years as an associate executive director of Miracle Makers Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that provides foster care and medical services for children.
From 1981 to 1990, she was deputy commissioner of the Child Welfare Administration in New York City.
Brooke Trent, former executive deputy commissioner of New York City's Human Resources Administration, who now lives in Leeds, Mass., said, "She combined being a tough-minded administrator with being an extremely caring person. As a black woman, she realized that black families could be and should be kept together and sought the best quality care and support for them that was available."
William J. Grinker, former administrator and commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration, called Ms. Boudreaux "a brilliant young woman" whose death "is a great loss to the entire human service community."
Reared in Texas, she was a 1972 graduate of the University of Houston and earned her master's degree from Boston University in 1974.
She received a certified advanced degree in social work from Columbia University in 1980.
She was active in many New York community and professional associations, including the Health and Human Services Committee, the Manhattan Community Board, the National Black Child Development Institute, Harlem Hospital Center and the Council of Family Caring Agencies.
A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. today in the West Wing Chapel of the University of Maryland at College Park.
She is survived by a son, Toussant Boudreaux of Largo; and her parents, George Boudreaux and Evelyn Punchard, both of Houston.