Four Women Academics Who Are Retiring From Their Posts

Roberta Bell, the executive director of the Institutional Research Group at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is retiring on July 31. She has been on the staff at the university for 14 years. Earlier, Dr. Bell was director of institutional research at Central Arizona College. Dr. Bell is a graduate of the University of Washington. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University.

Karen Turner, a professor of history and Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, has retired. She is the author of several books including Even the Women Must Fight: Memories of War from North Vietnam (Wiley, 1998). Professor Turner earned a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

Mary Roberts has retired from her post as professor of chemistry at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She served on the Boston College faculty for 30 years. During her tenure she has been a strong advocate for increasing the number of women in undergraduate and graduate STEM fields. Professor Roberts earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Eleanor Davidson, director of the University Health Service at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, has retired. She came to the university in 1983 as a nephrology fellow at University Hospitals in 1983. In 1986, she was appointed to lead the University Health Service. She also served as a clinical assistant professor at the university’s medical school. Dr. Davidson is a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she majored in music theory. She earned a medical doctorate at the University of Michigan.

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