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Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

lifetime achievement award

The Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1997 by the Susan B. Anthony Center to honor and celebrate women whose lives have been enriched by their years at the University of Rochester and who have, in turn, inspired other women to advance and lead. Nominees are faculty, staff, trustees and/or alumnae who have achieved significant professional stature and influence; have a commendable, trailblazing body of work; and, who have used their experience and skills to help other women advance as leaders. Nominees should have a strong affiliation with the University of Rochester and a “lifetime” of significant achievements. 

Past Awardees:

  • 2019 – Ruth Lawrence, MD, Distinguished Alumna Professor and the first holder of the Northumberland Trust Endowed Chair in Pediatrics.
  • 2016 – Donna Brink Fox, Ph.D, Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the Eastman School of Music, she is the Director of ECMS Early Childhood Music Program.
  • 2015 – Linda Chaudron, M.D., M.S., Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry.
  • 2014 – Jane S. Possee, Associate Director of Recreation, University of Rochester Athletics
  • 2013 – Sue S. Stewart, JD, former senior vice president and general counsel at the University of Rochester
  • 2012 – Nora Bredes, Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester from 1999 to 2011
  • 2011 – Mary Huth, former assistant director of the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, and UR staff member since 1967
  • 2010 – Harriet J. Kitzman, RN, PhD, FAAN ’68, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research, UR Trustee
  • 2009 – Daria Semegen, BM ’68, Associate Professor and Director of the Electronic Music Studio at Stony Brook University and UR Trustee
  • 2008 – The Honorable Lois J. Giess, BSN, Rochester City Council President and UR Trustee
  • 2007 – Suzanne Jagel O’Brien, ’59, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Center for Academic Support
  • 2006 – Esther Conwell, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Physics, named by Discover Magazine as one of the 50 Most Important Women in Science, 2002
  • 2005 – Brenda Meehan, PhD, founding member of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies and trailblazing historian
  • 2004 – Jean Barr, DMA, Professor of Piano Accompanying & Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music
  • 2003 – Patricia Herminghouse, PhD, Emerita of German, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Rochester
  • 2002 – Judith Pipher, PhD, professor of astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and member of UR faculty since 1971
  • 2001 – Elizabeth R. McAnarney, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Children’s Hospital at Strong.
  • 2001 – Barbara Hotham Iglewski, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and also the first woman to chair a department at the University of Rochester Medical School
  • 2000 – Paula Brownlee, Ph.D., the first woman president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and UR Trustee
  • 1999 – Myra Gelband, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated and UR Trustee
  • 1998 – Ruth Lawrence, M.D., a renowned neonatologist
  • 1997 – Jean Watkeys, M.D., one of three women in her UR Medical School class