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Peggy Shepard ’59

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.

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