The Mildred Trotter Lecture

The Washington University Medical School Alumni Association has honored Mildred Trotter, PhD, a member of the faculty for more than 55 years, by endowing a lectureship in her name. Dr. Trotter, Professor Emeritus and Lecturer in Anatomy since 1967, was the first woman faculty member to be recognized in this way. To acknowledge her deep concern for the role of women in academic life, the lectureship is used to bring a distinguished woman scientist to the University every year. Dr. Trotter contributed much of what is known today about the influence of age, sex and race on variation in human skeletal mass. Her formulas for estimating stature from long limb bone lengths still are used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in forensic medicine, and nutritionists have profited from her research on developmental variation in the mineral content of bone. Her earlier work focused on factors influencing hair growth.

Dr. Trotter's engagement with science continued after her retirement. She served as Convener of the Subcommittee on Osteology for the International Anatomical Nomenclature Committee and co-chaired a session on "Human Evolution: The Skeletal Dimension" at the Taung Diamond Jubilee International Symposium in South Africa to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the first australopithecine fossil. It was at this meeting that she suffered a debilitating stroke. Dr. Trotter passed away on August 23, 1991.


Past Trotter Speakers

May 6, 2021 (scheduled) Dr. Amita Sehgal
June 7, 2019
Dr. Dora Angelaki
January 9, 2018 Dr. Constance Cepko
October 7, 2016 Dr. Shirley Tilghman
March 14, 2013 Dr. Nancy Kanwisher
October 27, 2011 Dr. Silvia Arber
September 16, 2010 Dr. Cori Bargmann
March 19, 2009 Dr. Ann Graybiel
December 13, 2007 Dr. Eve Marder
November 2, 2006 Dr. Paula Tallal
November 3, 2005 Dr. Gwen Jacobs
April 6, 2004 Dr. Susan Lindquist
October 17, 2002 Dr. Linda Buck
October 18, 2001 Dr. Leslie Ungerleider
February 10, 2000 Dr. Janet Rossant
September 10, 1998 Dr. Ursula Bellugi
November 13, 1997 Dr. Mary Bartlett Bunge
November 7, 1996 Dr. Jane E. Buikstra
October 12, 1995 Dr. Helen Blau
May 12, 1994 Dr. Anne Young
April 15, 1993 Dr. Mary Lou Oster-Granite
October 7, 1991 Dr. Carla J. Shatz
April 19, 1990 Dr. Nancy Wexler
March 16, 1989 Dr. Lily Yeh Jan
April 22, 1988 Dr. Lee N. Robins
May 21, 1987 Dr. Lynn Landmesser
February 27, 1986 Dr. Zena Werb
February 21, 1985 Dr. Dorothea Bennett
October 4, 1984 Dr. Dorothy T. Krieger
December 2, 1982 Dr. Marian Koshland
March 23, 1982 Dr. Mary D. Leakey
September 24, 1981 Dr. Marilyn Gist Farquhar
May 8, 1980 Dr. Elizabeth D. Hay
February 8, 1979 Dr. Elizabeth E. Neufeld
November 1, 1977 Dr. Rosalyn S. Yalow
December 8, 1976 Dr. Beatrice Mintz
December 4, 1975 Dr. Mary E. Avery