P&S Journal: Spring 1994, Vol.14, No.2
P & S News
The Fall 1994 issue of P&S plans a tribute to Dr. Virginia Apgar, her life at P&S, and her contributions to medicine. The retrospective coincides with the October introduction of the Apgar 20-cent definitive U.S. postage stamp.
The U.S. Postal Service announced in December that Dr. Apgar will be featured on a stamp in the Great Americans Series. A definitive stamp has a longer shelf life than a special-issue commemorative stamp.
Readers are invited to submit remembrances of Dr. Apgar, a 1933 P&S graduate, the college's first professor of anes- thesiology, and the first woman named a full professor at P&S. She is best remembered for developing the Apgar Score in 1952 to assess the health of newborns.
Dr. Apgar was on the faculty of P&S from 1935 until 1959. She then spent more than 10 years with the National Foundation of the March of Dimes. She died in 1974 at age 65. The stamp's release is planned for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Dallas.
Remembrances of Dr. Apgar should be submitted to the P&S Editor by July 1. An example of a remembrance is part of the letter Dr. Anne Bingham Pierson'55 contributed for the Alumnae Profile of the Winter 1994 issue about the experiences of female P&S students: "During an elective in anesthesia, I had the privilege of being exposed to Virginia Apgar's dynamism and marvelous forthrightness. Anyone who had the unique experience will never forget having your hand grabbed to feel your caudal canal! She talked faster than most people think. Her thinking outstripped everyone else's, as did the pace of her progress through the hospital on her rounds. The student had to run to keep up."
Remembrances may be sent to the P&S Editor, Dean's Office, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 630 W. 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, or faxed to (212) 928-5799.