Princeton president/Temple alumna Tilghman honored
Princeton president Shirley Tilghman, who earned her doctorate from the School of Medicine in 1975, received the Medical School’s Henry Laughlin Alumna of the Year award from President David Adamany and Dean John Daly during the 2005 class reunion banquet on Oct. 29 at the Westin Hotel in Philadelphia.
A highly respected geneticist, Tilghman made a number of groundbreaking discoveries as part of the team that cloned the first mammalian gene at the National Institutes of Health, and served on the National Research Council committee that designed the roadmap for the Human Genome Project.
Before being named the 19th president of Princeton in 2001 — as the first woman ever to hold the position — she served as Princeton’s Howard A. Prior Professor of the Life Sciences and founded its Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.
“My educational experience at Temple was truly transformative,” Tilghman said to the crowd of nearly 400 alumni, faculty, students and friends attending the festive event.
Henry Laughlin, a 1941 graduate of the Medical School who endowed the yearly award in 2001, is an internationally recognized psychiatrist.
In addition to Tilghman, several other Temple alumni and faculty were recognized at the banquet:
• Albert Finestone, who earned his medical degree from Temple in 1945, won the Medical Alumni Service Award. Finestone is a professor of medicine, emeritus associate dean for Continuing Medicine Education, and director of Temple’s Institute on Aging.
• Sandra Bloom, a noted psychiatrist and traumatologist who earned her medical doctorate from Temple in 1975, was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award.
• Bennett Lorber was awarded the Honored Professor Award. Lorber, a member of Temple’s faculty for 30 years, is the Thomas Durant Professor of Medicine and chief of the section of infectious diseases at Temple.