Listee Features — January 2018


With expertise in veterinary pathology, clinical pathology and large animal medicine, Marion E. Smart proudly devoted her knowledge and career to guiding her peers and the younger generations. She started as a lecturer for a diploma course in veterinary pathology at the University of Saskatchewan in 1968, and stayed until her retirement in 2014. Some of her other positions at the school include assistant professor and associate professor in veterinary clinical studies, associate professor and professor in the Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. She currently holds the distinguished title of professor emeritus. ​ In addition to her tenure at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Smart has worked in various other

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Remembered as trustworthy, honest, kind, and fair, Kay L. Johannes really made a mark on the visual communications field. Her passion for art drove her to earn an Associate of Applied Science in visual communications at Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1972, and set her on the path she would follow the rest of her career. The same year she graduated, she obtained a position as an audio visual technician at Nicolet High School, and in 1977, she furthered her education with a Bachelor of Science in instructional technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. ​ Ms. Johannes experienced continuous advancement the rest of her professional journey. From 1977 to 1979, she was an animator and visual designer for Pohlman Studios,

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Dedicated and hardworking, Sylvia S. Kerckhoff was thrilled to make history as the first female mayor of Durham, N.C. The post wasn’t initially part of her life plan, but it ended up being the highlight of a long and fruitful career. She was previously high school teacher, through which she garnered experience obtaining and presenting facts and getting her way, and a member of the city council for 12 years, through which she garnered experience figuring out what was asked for and what was needed. She was also a long-time board member and vice president of the League of Women Voters of Orange-Durham-Chatham and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, to whom she attributes her political success. The

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Coming from a family of musicians, Patricia Rinkenberger decided to follow in their footsteps and pursue her gift. She earned a Bachelor of Music at DePaul University with highest honors in 1970 and a Master of Science in music education from the University of Illinois in 1977, as well as a certification from the VoiceCare Network. Ms. Rinkenberger also completed coursework at Illinois Wesleyan University. To keep in touch with her peers and professional community, she joined prominent organizations like the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference (now the National Association for Music Educators), the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and the Beta Beta Chapter of DKGSI. ​ Over the years, Ms. Rinkenberger used her expertise in vocal,

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On a journey 25 years in the making, Joy Rainey King has become renowned for her expert poetry and songwriting skills. She currently uses her talents to write songs for The Songs of Love Foundation, which serves sick children in hospitals in America, England, and Canada. The foundation sends her a biography of a child, including the names of their friends, pets, toys, and hobbies, and she takes the information and turns it into lyrics. The lyrics are then sent to musicians to be set to music, and the final product is given to the child free of cost. Ms. Rainey King is also involved with her community as a member of the International Society of Poets, the Poets Guild,

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Combining her passion for books with her interest in science and artificial intelligence, Pamela McCorduck has made a name for herself as an expert in her field. She believes that artificial intelligence is unique but not something to be frightened of, and that if it is treated with respect, it can change everything. To spread her views and research, she authored nonfiction pieces like, “Machines Who Think: A Personal Inquiry into the History and Prospects of Artificial Intelligence,” “The Universal Machine: Confessions of a Technological Optimist,” and “The Fifth Generation: Artificial Intelligence and Japan’s Computer Challenge to the World.” The highlight of Mrs. McCorduck’s career was receiving a highly positive review for “Machines Who Think.” She was thrilled that all

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Recognized for her skill in private equity, capital markets, and hedge funds, Mary Harmon is thriving in her position as a managing director at Goldman Sachs. She has held the position since 1999, and is driven by her desire to tackle issues and obtain the best possible outcomes. Some of her responsibilities as a manager include finding ways to motivate her team to have the same visibility and accountability she possesses and serving as a tax counsel for the financial giant. Her blend of financial and legal knowledge has been invaluable. ​ Ms. Harmon initially became involved in her profession on the advice of a professor, who recommended she supplement her CPA certification with an LLM. She dropped and sold

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Kit Smyth Basquin, after more than five decades of professional work, is proud of the mark she has made on art history, art and writing. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in history at Goucher College, a year of teaching art history at the Fine Arts School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a Master of Arts in art history at Indiana University, she started as assistant director of public relations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1970. In 1972, she directed Washington Gallery in Frankfort, Indiana, and in Indianapolis from 1972 to 1979. From 1981 to 1983, she ran the Kit Basquin Gallery in Milwaukee. In 1988, she became curator of education and an independent curator at the Haggerty

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Although L. Miriam Dickinson started her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts in music and German with a minor in math at the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University in 1974, she didn’t have a set goal in mind. She decided to take a position as a research technologist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1975, and became very interested in the job. At the time, there weren’t a lot of women in the mathematical sciences, but Dr. Dickinson was determined to succeed. She obtained a Master of Science in biometry from her employer in 1979, and was promoted to research assistant in the division of biometry that same year. She transferred to the Fuqua

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Art has been a part of Marian Hummel’s life for as long as she can remember. Her mother was trained as a teacher and would buy her art books and encourage her to paint, and her father gave her an adjustable camera when she was 12. Her parents told her she could do whatever she set her mind to, and encouraged her to explore her interests. She discovered she enjoyed photographing landscaping and fine arts, and now, decades later, she is proud to have turned her passion into a fruitful career. ​ The first stop on Ms. Hummel’s quest to achieve her goals was Farleigh Dickinson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts in 1966. Over

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