Farewell, Old Friend

Last week the Biomedical Library lost an old friend, Dr. Helen M. Ranney.  Dr. Ranney, an ardent library supporter for many years, was well known for her landmark research which helped show the link between genetic factors and sickle cell anemia.

She was also well-known for her many achievements as a “pioneering” woman in medicine.  Among her many “firsts,” she was the first woman to chair a Department of Medicine (here at UCSD), the first woman president of the Association of American Physicians, and the first woman to be selected as a Distinguished Physician of the Veterans Administration.  She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read more about Dr. Ranney on her National Library of Medicine “Changing the Face of Medicine” profile.  The “Changing the Face of Medicine” site honors the achievements of women in medicine from the 19th century to the present.

We will miss seeing Dr. Ranney around the library.  Goodbye, old friend, and thanks for everything.

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One comment for “Farewell, Old Friend”

On April 13, 2010, 3:00 PM Alice said:

Hi Nancy:

The staff will remember her donation for staff parties and the staff room.

It is sad to say good bye however, she was blessed with a long and productive and satisfying life. I will remember her great sense of humor.


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