Virginia Apgar

Virginia Apgar (1909 - 1974)

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Dr. Virginia Apgar
Born in Westfield, Union, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Died in New York City, New York, New Yorkmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Nov 2016 | Last significant change: 5 Jan 2019
04:17: Andrea Taylor edited the Biography for Virginia Apgar (1909-1974). [Thank Andrea for this]
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Categories: Physicians | Inventors | National Women's Hall of Fame (United States) | Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, New Jersey | New Jersey Notables.

Virginia Apgar is Notable.

Biography

  • Noted physician in several fields and invented the Apgar score for newborns.[1][2]

Virginia Apgar was born in 1909. She was the daughter of Charles Emery Apgar and Helen May Clarke. [3][4][5][6] She grew up in Westfield, New Jersey and graduated from Westfield High School in 1925. Virginia then attended Mount Holyoke College, majoring in zoology, with minors in physiology and chemistry. After graduating from Mount Holyoke in 1929, she attended the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to obtain a degree in medicine. She graduated in 1933, and completed a surgical residency in 1937. The chair of the surgery department encouraged her to pursue training in anesthesiology, for the women he had trained in the field of surgery were unable to obtain careers as surgeons. Following his advice, Virginia obtained certification in anesthesiology that same year. [2][7]

Virginia, in 1949, was the first woman to become a full professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1953, she developed the Apgar Score, for which she is most known. The Apgar Score determines the condition of newborn babies at one and five minutes of life. She began working for the March of Dimes Foundation in 1959. Virginia was the vice president of Medical Affairs and also directed the foundation's research program that focused on preventing and treating birth defects. Through her work at the March of Dimes, she also brought attention to the problem of premature birth.[2]


Sources

  1. Wilson, Tracy V. and Holly Frey. "Dr. Virginia Apgar." Stuff You Missed in History Class (podcast). 6 July 2015. How Stuff Works.com. (Note: rebroadcast as a SYMHC Classic on 30 June 2018.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Apgar
  3. United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK1Q-R24 : accessed 23 November 2016), Virginia Apgar in household of Charles E Apgar, Westfield Ward 3, Union, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 118, sheet 9A, family 162, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 911; FHL microfilm 1,374,924.
  4. New Jersey State Census, 1915", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9W-8F53 : 8 October 2014), Virginia Apgar in entry for Charles E Apgar, 1915.
  5. United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4YT-C1G : accessed 23 November 2016), Virginia Apgar in household of Charles Apgar, Westfield Ward 3, Union, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 166, sheet 12A, line 49, family 255, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1072; FHL microfilm 1,821,072.
  6. United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X4N7-V8Z : accessed 23 November 2016), Virginia Apgar in household of Charles E Apgar, Westfield, Union, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 174, sheet 3A, line 50, family 57, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1390; FHL microfilm 2,341,125.
  7. Biography of Virginia Apgar


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