[Notices about Apgar from the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly]
The Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Office actively sought out information on the activities of MHC graduates. These notices
reveal that Apgar's college nickname was "Jimmy" and acknowledge her medical education and later appointments,
as well as interesting activities such as saving the baby of actress Elizabeth Taylor in 1958.
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Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly
Original Repository: Mount Holyoke College. Archives and Special Collections. Trustees Biographical Files: Apgar, Virginia [RG 3.2]
Box 1, Folder 1: 1923-1969.
Reproduced with permission of Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly.
Virginia Apgar '29
Virginia Apgar is a medical student at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Virginia Apgar received her M.D. in June from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. On October 1 she
began a two-year internship at the Presbyterian Hospital, New York.
See Margaret Prest
The biggest scoop I've been able to dig up for some time concerns Dr. Virginia Apgar has been appointed to full professorship,
Department, of Anesthesiology, Columbia U. C. Of physicians and surgeons. Jimmy is the first woman to be appointed full professor
Jimmy was in attendance during a serious operation Marjory Tuck Bodel had. Jimmy writes that "it's not often I give
the patient a transfusions during one operation, as we did in Marjorie." Dr. Apgar reports that the patient is completely
Congratulations to Virginia Apgar by her recent appointment as professor of surgery at Physicians and Surgeons. We hear she's
the first woman so appointed? How about it, Dr. Apgar?
Ed. Note: our apologies to all concerned for the inaccurate repetition in the February Q. of the note about Dr. Virginia Apgar.
As correctly stated by your scribe in the November Q. Virginia is the first woman to be appointed full professor. At the at
the C. of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia U. She is working in the Dept. of Anesthesiology.
The Blackwell Award, established in 1949, goes each year to women physicians who made significant contributions to medicine
is named after Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical doctor's degree and founder of the New York
Infirmary which is staffed by women physicians. Virginia's mother and her cousin, Winifred Shaw (MHC '26), attended
Jimmy is chief of the division of congenital malformations for the National Foundation, with headquarters in New York, and
is the creator of the Apgar score, a method of evaluating an infant within 60 seconds after birth. In February she was interviewed
by Patricia McCormick at United press international, and the story appeared in the New York World-Telegram. On the subject
of birth defects, she said, "Birth defects are the largest single unmet childhood medical need today. About 250,000 children
are born each year with some birth defect he stressed the need for long-range program of scientific research into the problem.
Virginia Apgar has been given the Distinguished Service Award of the American Soc. of Anesthesiologists. Her achievements
take her far afield - Los Angeles, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, Athens, Rome, and London.
The New York Times ran a full-page ad of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." It quoted Virginia Apgar, among other
eminent scientists, thus: "genetic inheritance is most valuable possession of the human race. This precious material was
developed over millions of years of trial and error. Now Miss Carson shows us clearly that in one short speck of time, a quarter
of a century, we've been racing towards potentially irreversible situation which threatens to do away with, or at least
alter, life as we know it now. Can we be intelligent, discriminating and courageous enough to meet this challenge? Thank you
Miss Carson, for opening our eyes
Dr. Virginia Apgar, director of the National Foundation of March of Dimes' division of congenital malformations, received
an honorary degree of Doctor of Medical Sciences this June from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Jimmy was
cited for her "outstanding work in public health and medical education."
You never know where '29 will turn up next. An Associated Press story last August quoted Showman Mike Todd as giving special
credit to our Jimmy Apgar for her work in saving the life of the premature baby born to his wife Liz Taylor, screen star.
Todd said Dr. Virginia Apgar "worked over the baby for 14 min. before she hollered. Those were the longest 14 min. of
my life." The story went on, "Dr. Apgar is a resuscitation specialist. She breathed life into the tiny infant."
Jimmy is professor of anesthesiology, Columbia University, and clinical director of anesthesia, Presbyterian Hospital, New