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Memoir

Elizabeth Caroline Crosby
Regents' Proceedings 1018

Elizabeth Caroline Crosby This eminent scientist and beloved teacher is retiring from the faculty of the Medical School after thirty-nine years. To generations of medical students she stood for admirable qualities of character and temperament as well as of mind; her combination of personal warmth and professional capability is something, which no concrete list of her achievements can adequately suggest. Yet even her professional career considered in isolation is impressive.

She was born in Petersburg, Michigan, and attended Adrian College and the University of Chicago. She received a Ph.D. from the latter school in 1916. After serving as high school principal and superintendent of schools in her home community, she joined the Medical School faculty as Instructor in Anatomy; the University has remained her academic home since 1920. She has nevertheless traveled widely in professional capacities.

She studied in University College, London, and at the Institute for Brain Research at Amsterdam, Holland. She taught for a year at the University of Puerto Rico and for a year at Marischal College of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where she organized the first courses in histology and neuroanatomy. She delivered the Mellon Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh and the Eben J. Carey Memorial Lecture at Marquette University Medical School; she is the only woman ever to have delivered the Henry Russel Lecture at The University of Michigan; she is also the only woman to have received the University's Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award.

She was a life trustee of the Denison University Research Foundation, a research consultant for the Department of Zoology, University of Puerto Rico, and a special guest at the Ramon y Cajal Centennial Celebration in Madrid in 1952. She was on the editorial board of the Journal of Comparative Neurology, one of the several journals in which she recorded the findings of her own research. But perhaps the most significant reward of her research was the poise and independence, which it lent to her teaching. She will be chiefly remembered for, as the more than eight thousand students whom she has taught remember her.

The Regents are honored to confer upon her the title Professor Emeritus of Anatomy, and cordially extend to her the privileges of that rank.