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P&S Journal: Fall 1994, Vol.14, No.3
Apgar Remembrances
Barbara E. O'Connell'51

Rye, New York

Virginia Apgar was a role model (one of the few women available to me in medicine in the early 1950s) and teacher par excellence. She was the anesthesiologist who supervised my husband, Dick O'Connell, and me as third-year medical students during an elective in anesthesiology for three months. Between us we administered a variety of anesthetics under her eagle eye, totaling 150 cases. Part of her inimitable style of teaching was to give students the responsibility of residents. An unforgettable experience!
Then in my fourth year, when I was delivered of my first child after only four hours of labor, Dr. Apgar arrived too late to render her services and took photos instead. When my second daughter was born five and a half years later, she administered the epidural anesthesia in her expert way. With it all, she was a warm, caring, inspiring, energetic woman whose example is indelibly etched in my memory. I am thrilled to see her familiar face now remembered in perpetuity on a postage stamp.


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