I am a graduate of the class
of 1959 and had Miss Horner for Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy.
I have been a medical educator for the past 40 years and
am constantly remembering Miss Horner and her teachings.
I am a Reproductive Endocrinologist by specialty and particularly
remember and am constantly quoting to residents, medical
students and patients Miss Horner's oft-uttered dictum "Ontogeny
recapitulates phylogeny." This usually occurs in the context
of doing an early pregnancy ultrasound to identify the embryonic
pole and the earliest indication of a heartbeat. There are
many other things I recall from her teaching but I especially
remember her boundless enthusiasm for her subject and her
incredible sly and wry sense of humor that made anatomy fun
and exciting. She has clearly made a difference, and one
that extends far beyond the direct contact she had with Smith
students over the decades.