memories of her undergraduate
premed student, she found that the
college offered every science course
she needed except physics, which she
happily took at Rutgers University.
The strength of her preparation at
Douglass, then an all-women's col-
basic sciences at Rutgers Medical
School, formed a solid foundation for
her career in clinical research.
nition of her exceptional career as a re-
search physician. And this past spring,
she was appointed to the Board of
to say I've come back to the Banks [of
the old Raritan]," she says. "The merg-
er of Robert Wood Johnson Medical
School and Rutgers made perfect sense,
and they needed someone with a med-
ical background on the board. I am
lucky to be one of those individuals."
entered Douglass College as a
the premed curriculum, including cal-
culus--"the bane of my existence,"
she says--was not required for admis-
sion to medical school. That left her
free to delve into the sciences she
loved, and she earned a bachelor of
arts degree in biological sciences.
and worked in the Ortho Research
Foundation's Philip Levine Labora-
tories. Named, she notes, for the re-
nowned scientist who identified the
newly discovered Rh factor in blood
as the cause of a sometimes fatal
maternal, prenatal, and neonatal dis-
childhood, she planned to go to medical school and then
return to Somerville, her hometown, and become a family
doctor. Instead, she made choices that steered her in unfore-
seen directions, ultimately leading to her current position as
Pharmaceuticals. By remaining open to change, she says,
to investigate career alternatives, guided at crucial junctures
by the right people at the right time.
as a Rutgers University Trustee