Alumni Cited for Achievement
The following three alumni of Sarah Lawrence College will be awarded citations during Reunion Weekend, which will take place June 5 - 8.
Laura Pat Svetkey '74 is a professor of medicine at Duke University, where she serves as director of the Hypertension Center, Director of Clinical Research at the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center, and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Department of Medicine. A national leader in research, clinical care, and physician mentoring and training, her former trainees teach at major medical schools nationwide. Her numerous awards include the Research Mentoring Award, the Duke University Diversity and Inclusion Award, and the Duke School of Medicine Excellence in Professionalism Award (2014), as well as nearly 50 research gifts, grants, and contracts. She is the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as three popular books on hypertension management through diet and lifestyle.
Margaret Shepherd '69 is a highly respected calligrapher, artist, author, and teacher. She has written 17 books on calligraphy and has taught artists in Boston, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. She created the Boston Calligraphy Trail, restored classical Greek ceiling inscriptions at Boston College, and created a 60-piece, permanent memorial installation at the First Church in Boston. Shepherd’s work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Wellesley College Rare Books Library and at Lesley College and is part of the collection at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department of the Boston Public Library. She has been interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Tech, NPR, and the BBC.
Rhoda (Rosen) Redleaf '54 has dedicated her life to improving opportunities for young children. She is a founder and emeritus board director of Think Small—formerly called Resources for Childcaring—a toy lending library and training center created in 1971. Today, Think Small is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization providing services, training, resources, and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota. The agency’s press division, originally called Toys and Things Press, was renamed Redleaf Press, after Rhoda's retirement from teaching, and remains a leading nonprofit publisher of child development, curriculum, management, and business materials for early childhood professionals as well as resources for families. Redleaf herself is the author of several books in the field. Now retired, she is an active volunteer and philanthropist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.