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Virginia Minnich

Interviewer: Estelle Brodman Virginia Minnich, 1972
Date: March 25, 1981
Identifier: OH029
Approximate Length: 77 min.
Biographical Information: Hematologist, 1910-1996. Minnich received her B.S. in Home Economics from Ohio State University in 1937 and her M.S. in Nutrition from Iowa State College in 1938. She joined the staff of the Washington University School of Medicine in 1938 as a technician. In 1939 Minnich was promoted to research assistant, a title which she kept until 1954 when she became a research associate. Four years later she became a research assistant professor, and in 1963, a research associate professor. In 1974, Minnich was made a professor of Medicine, the first person to achieve that rank at Washington University with neither a medical degree nor a Ph.D. William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri awarded Minnich with an honorary doctor of science degree in 1972. Minnich became professor emeritus in 1978.
Summary: Minnich discusses her undergraduate studies at Ohio State University and her graduate studies at Iowa State College. She describes research work in college on serum iron metabolism, done with Carl V. Moore, and his later offer of employment as a researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine in 1938. Minnich details some of her research on iron metabolism, anemias and purpura, as well as her work setting up laboratories in Thailand and Turkey. She also discusses her work creating audio-visual teaching aids, teaching evening classes, and changes in the Washington University School of Medicine over her 40-plus year career.
Notes: Approximately 54 minutes into the interview there is a 7-1/2 minute section in which the volume of the recording becomes very low and almost inaudible.

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