Four Distinguished Alumnae
Will Be Honored on Rally Day 2006
The Smith College Medal, established in 1962 to
recognize and honor alumnae for their extraordinary professional achievements and
outstanding service to their communities, will be awarded to the following four alumnae
on Rally Day, Wednesday, February 22, in Sweeney Concert Hall.
Julia M. Bolz ’83 is a former partner and practicing
immigration attorney in Seattle who traded a successful career for a commitment to
human rights advocacy. She is currently working to provide aid and build new businesses,
schools and healthcare institutions in Afghanistan, focusing on the welfare of girls
and women in the war-torn country. She returns regularly to Seattle to guide high
school students in community service projects.
Roberta Schenker Kurlantzick ’65 is an educator
who has made an enormous impact in Connecticut communities not only in her work as
teacher and administrator but also through her innovative ideas and effective practices
in elementary school education.
Beverly Mitchell ’65 is a scientist and physician recognized as one of the
world’s leading researchers in biochemical pharmacology of nucleotides. She
not only has worked to provide effective new treatments for leukemia but has also
trained a succession of outstanding young physicians, scientists and clinicians in
patient-oriented research in hematology.
Margaret Byard Stearns ’57 is director of communications
for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She has built her career with the theater as
a national press representative, opera translator and librettist and received widespread
critical acclaim for three of her translations of opera librettos into English. She
also serves as executive director for the Sullivan Musical Foundation, managing a
prestigious award for early career singers.