Mary LeClair, director of media relations in the HWS Office of Communications, is a co-author of “Three 19th-Century Women Doctors: Elizabeth Blackwell, Mary Walker and Sarah Loguen Fraser,” recently published by Hofmann Press of Syracuse.
The story of Blackwell — the first woman doctor in the Western Hemisphere, who graduated from Geneva Medical College in 1849, when most people thought women could not withstand the rigors of medical education — is story is told with those of Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919) who graduated from Syracuse Medical College in 1855, and went on to become the first woman U.S. Army surgeon and the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor; and Fraser (1850-1933) who graduated from Syracuse Medical College in 1876, the fourth African American woman certified as a physician in the United States. She later moved to the Dominican Republic, where she learned Spanish enough to pass a certification exam, becoming the first woman licensed to practice medicine in that country.
LeClair, a member of the HWS staff since 1998 and a former reporter for the Finger Lakes Times, holds a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Her co-authors are Justin D. White, president of the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County who works at the Oswego County Historical Society, who wrote about Walker; and Susan Keeter, a portrait painter and children's book illustrator who is on staff at SUNY Upstate Medical University, who wrote about Fraser.
Copies will soon be available at The College Store.
A story about the new book was included in the Friday, Nov. 23 edition of The Post-Standard. Read Authors combine to write book on female pioneers.