On Monday, Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor presented Dr. Heather Pidcoke '83 with the 2017 Mary Lowther Ranney Distinguished Alumna Award at an Upper School student assembly.
Dr. Pidcoke is an internationally recognized leader in transfusion medicine and surgical critical care research. Her work was used by the U.S. military in setting policy and future research agendas, and has been recognized by the U.S. military with a Commander's Award for Civilian Service, and received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in May 2016, coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of President Barack Obama.
After accepting the Ranney Award, Dr. Pidcoke gave a presentation to students on her journey from Westridge to college and postgraduate study. "The pond gets bigger," she said, "but Westridge taught me how to swim." She described how her family has supported her through every challenge, from earning her Master's degree and later her Ph.D. in Physiology, to her treatment and recovery from lymphoma. She also explained how her many mentors, including her teachers at Westridge, guided her in her career choice and made an incredible impact on her life.
Dr. Pidcoke currently serves as Director of Global Clinical Safety and Pathogen Reduction Technology Scientific Affairs for Terumo BCT.
To learn more about the Mary Lowther Ranney Distinguished Alumna Award, or to see a list of past recipients, click here.