In Memoriam

Celebrating the lives of former AWIS Members who will be dearly missed.

Dorothy M. Skinner, PhD
Dorothy M. Skinner, PhD
Dorothy M. Skinner, PhD, was a pioneer in the field of genomics and a leader in satellite DNA structure and function.

Dr. Eleanor Jane Sterling
Dr. Eleanor Jane Sterling
Eleanor Jane Sterling, director of the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, died on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

Shoshana Levy, PhD
Shoshana Levy, PhD was best known for her discovery of tetraspanins, a family of cell surface proteins that play an important role in cancer metastasis and the immune system.

Rae Lyn Burke, PhD
Rae Lyn Burke, an eminent San Francisco Bay Area virologist, passed away on October 30th after more than fourteen years of early-onset Alzheimer's.

Dr. Judith P. Osha
Judith Osha, M.D. was a pediatrician and pioneer for women in science careers. Born outside of Evansville, Indiana, she attended high school in Boonville and graduated at the top of her class.

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.