Elsie Reid Carrington, M.D.

Elsie Carrington

1911-August 8, 2002

Elsie Reid Carrington was a 1933 graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois). In 1941, she received her MD from Temple University School of Medicine. She interned at Temple University Hospital. After several years of practice in Clinton, Iowa, she served a residency and received an M.S. in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Temple University in 1949.

Dr. Carrington began her teaching career in 1949 at Temple University School of Medicine. In 1961, she joined the staff of Medical College of Pennsylvania (formerly the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania) in Philadelphia as Research Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was named Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1967 and held that position until 1977. During her years in Philadelphia, she was also a consultant and attending physician at the Veterans Administration Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Philadelphia General Hospital. In 1977, she joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine as an Adjunct Professor. From 1977 until 1982, she directed the School of Medicine's Interdisciplinary Maternal and Infant Care program. IN 1982, UNM named her Professor Emeritus. She received the Christian R. and Mary S. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1968 and was honored with the Four Freedom Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Carrington wrote extensively in medical journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Pediatrics, and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, with particular emphasis on issues relating to her research concerning diabetes in pregnancy. With the late Dr. J. Robert Wilson, she was co-editor and contributor to Obstetrics and Gynecology, a medical textbook, until 1991 when its 9th edition was published.

Active in national and international medical affairs, Dr. Carrington served as a 2nd Vice President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists from 1969 until 1971. She was Chairman and a member of many committees related to fetal and prenatal medicine in that organization. She served as an Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was a member of the American Medical Society, the American Association of Obstetricians, the American Fertility Society, the International Fertility Society, the International Society for Research in Biology of Reproduction, and the Society of the Study of Reproduction. Dr. Carrington was consultant to the Pathophysiology Committee of the National Committee on Diabetes, Advisory Consultant to the Food and Drug Administration, a member of the Medical Education Review Committee in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and a member of several committees of the March of Dimes National Foundation.

Dr. Carrington was past President of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, one of only four women elected to that office since the Society's founding in 1968. She was a consultant to the Written Examination Panel of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and National Board Medical Examiners and was a member of the Pennsylvania State Medical Society, Philadelphia Medical Society, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Endocrine Society, and the Philadelphia Neonatal Society. She was also an Honorary Fellow of the Miami Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and the Nassau Obstetric and Gynecologic Society. She was awarded a Certificate of Honor by the Temple University Alumni Association. Dr. Carrington was the wife of the late William J. Carrington, M.D. She was born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late David N. Reid and Elizabeth (Bellingham) Reid. She was raised in Ventor, New Jersey. She was an avid outdoorswoman, particularly fond of camping, hiking and birding. She enjoyed swimming and deep-sea fishing. She traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Dr. Carrington died on August 8, 2002 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was an educator and a scholar. She helped shape the careers of many young physicians, and perhaps even without knowing it, served as a role model for many women. She will be remembered fondly by her family, friends, former students and colleagues.

Submitted by Gloria E. Sarto, M.D., Ph.D.

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