In Memoriam

Celebrating the lives of former AWIS Members who will be dearly missed.
Helen Conrad Davies
Helen Conrad Davies
Microbiologist and Professor
Helen Conrad Davies, PhD, was a professor of microbiology and a vocal advocate for racial equality and women's rights. Former students of hers have explained that she was well known for her rather unorthodox teaching methods, such as singing lyrics to different songs in order to help her students memorize complex concepts.

Virginia Upton
Ginny Upton
Virginia Guidone Upton was a distinguished endocrinologist, medical scientist and clinical pharmacologist, inspired teacher and outstanding feminist leader.

AWIS In Memoriam of Caitlin MacQueen
Caitlin MacQueen
A New Mexico native, Caitlin MacQueen’s zeal for science and physics showed not only in her appetite for learning but also in dedication to her education in physics and women in science.

Vicki Lynn Schechtman, Ph.D.
Dr. Vicki Lynn Schechtman, PhD
Dr. Vicki Schechtman dedicated her career to pursuing advancements in the study of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Nancy Forbes
Nancy Forbes leveraged her academic background in physics to establish a long career in government and intelligence. Ms. Forbes was an influential member of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.

Dr. Mary E. Clutter, PhD
AWIS leader Dr. Mary E. Clutter (1930-2019) was an AWIS Member since 1994, received the 1996 AWIS Fellow Award, and helped diversify the face of science.

Yvonne Clark
Mechanical Engineer
Dr. Yvonne Clark was an African American mechanical engineer who’s most notable for her impact in the STEM community. Her work and perseverance as a woman in STEM have changed numbers with at least 1 in 4 women in this industry today.

Dr. Anne Briscoe, PhD
Dr. Anne Briscoe was a founding mother of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and served as AWIS President from 1974 to 1976.

Dr. Phoebe Starfield Leboy, PhD
Dr. Phoebe Starfield Leboy was a Scientist, advocate, mentor, and a member of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She served as the association’s president in 2008 and 2009.

Dr. Ellen Weaver
Ellen Weaver passed away on May 14, 2011, at the age of 86, after a short, difficult battle with cancer. Ellen has been described as a modern-day Renaissance woman. She was a world-class scientist, artist, musician, environmentalist, skier, skater, dedicated scholar and tireless advocate for women in science


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