Elizabeth Hortense Leduc, class of 1948

Elizabeth Hortense Leduc was born in Rockland, Maine and grew up primarily in northern Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1943 with a B.S. in biology. She went on to receive an M.S. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Brown Univeristy in 1948, both in biology. She maintained a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellowship at Brown until 1949 and then taught anatomy at Harvard Medical School until 1953 when she returned to Brown. In 1964 she became a tenured Professor of Biology and served as Dean of Biological Sciences from 1973-1977. During that time, Leduc was appointed to the President’s Committee on Science and Technology by Gerald Ford. Her research interest was in the cell biology of the liver. She died on January 30, 2010.