March 6, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(10):851. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940440049017

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Mrs. Wilder Retires.—  Mrs. Helenor Campbell Wilder, chief of the section of ophthalmic pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D. C, recently retired after 30 years of service that brought her to the top in ophthalmic pathology. In 1953 she was honored as "Woman of the Year" for science by the Women's National Press Club, and she will soon receive the Exceptional Meritorious Award, the highest civilian award in the Department of Defense. Brig. Gen. Elbert DeCoursey, director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, stated that her work has advanced the study of the eyes more than 50 years. The disease of the eye that was demonstrated by Mrs. Wilder to be due to toxoplasma had puzzled pathologists for generations. Her knowledge of ophthalmic pathology has taken her to lecture from Baltimore to Tokyo. She is the first woman to be elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Mrs. Wilder is also a member of the American Association of Pathologists

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