Sally Atherton has studied, researched, taught and advocated for vision and eye health for the past 35 years. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colby College (Waterville, ME), her Master of Science in Biology from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), and her PhD in microbiology/virology from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, she went on to a number of postdoctoral fellowships and professorships.
Esteemed positions include Executive Director of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and Regents Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, where she was the first female chair. She also taught and mentored students during her faculty appointments at the University of Texas Health Science Center and the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Her studies on herpesvirus infections of the retina were funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years, and during that time, she frequently lobbied US Congressional leaders for vision and eye research and advocated for eye-related health services.
Anita Murray Barbey earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas. After studying midwifery in London, she became certified in nurse-midwifery in the United States, where she introduced such care into reproductive health clinics in Multnomah County, Oregon, and standards of reproductive health care into county clinics statewide. She published, in The Lancet, the results of the first national study of freestanding birth centers in the United States and served as a consultant to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council in their report Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings.
Anita went on to be a leader in the US midwifery movement and served as a self-employed health services consultant on women’s health issues and policy in the United States and developing countries, especially in Africa and South Asia 1984-2005. She served as the Chair of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Research and Statistics Committee and Chair of the ACNM International Health Committee.
Anita has also been a leader and advocate of historic preservation, environmental sustainability and education, serving as president of Oregon’s National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and as a board member of numerous educational institutions including Annie Wright Schools, land conservancies and historic preservation organizations.
According to Joan Robertson Lamb ‘69, who was later her roommate at Stanford, “Anita has always been a leader wherever she finds herself and has inspired countless numbers of young women as they embark on their careers. She has truly embodied ‘From Strength to Strength’ in her personal and professional life.”