Jessie L. Ternberg Papers

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FC116

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Collection

Title

Jessie L. Ternberg Papers

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4.55 Linear Feet

Name of creator

(1924-2016)

Biographical history

Jessie L. Ternberg, PhD, MD, received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in 1946 and her doctorate in biochemistry from University of Texas in 1950. During her time at Texas, she and Robert Eakin discovered the mechanism by which the vitamin B-12 is absorbed in the intestine. She received her medical degree from Washington University in 1953 and interned at Boston City Hospital after graduation. Ternberg returned to Washington University for her research fellowship and surgery residency at Barnes Hospital becoming the first female resident in surgery at Barnes Hospital and Washington University. She joined the faculty in 1959 as an instructor of surgery, eventually reaching full professorship in 1971 as professor of surgery and associate professor of surgery in pediatrics. She was the first female surgeon on the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine. In 1972, Ternberg was appointed as the chief of the newly created Division of Pediatric Surgery. She was the first woman to be elected head of the faculty council. On her retirement in 1996 she was made professor emerita of surgery and surgery in pediatrics.

Throughout her career, Ternberg made significant contributions to medicine in her research. Her best-known study is the appliance of electron spin resonance spectrometry to the investigation of free radicals. She also published A Handbook of Pediatric Surgery in 1980, which became a standard reference book for doctors due to its emphasis that children must be treated different from adults since diseases take different form in adolescents. Ternberg received wide recognition, including awards such as the Washington University Alumni Award, the International Women's Year Award for Health Care, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat Woman of Achievement Award and membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. Washington University School of Medicine established the Jessie L. Ternberg Award in 1998, which is given annually to a female medical school graduate who best exemplifies Ternberg's "indomitable spirit of determination, perseverance and dedication to her patients."

Scope and content

Papers from Jesse Ternberg's office: FC116 (Jessie L. Ternberg Papers) : 3 boxes. Box 1: correspondence and photographs from Dr. Ternberg's office on the 5th floor of Saint Louis Children's Hospital. Chiefly photographs, snapshots and portraits, of her patients and their families. Many of the snapshots and patient photos are unidentified and have been discarded. Box 2: Includes Dr. Ternberg's white coat, Babinski reflex hammer, solid brass paperweight commemorating the dedication of SLCH 1984, SLCH nametag button, specially made eyeglasses with magnifying lenses, and surgical instruments including two spoon shaped instruments custom made for Dr. Ternberg. Box 3: Consists of hanging file folders of reprints of her publications.

FC116 (Jessie L. Ternberg Papers) also include 1) Remarks given at dinner marking the 75th anniversary of the first admission of women students to WUSM, October 8, 1993. 1 leaf and 2) Video recording of memorial tribute to Jessie Ternberg held on September 25, 2016 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. 1 hr, 17 min, 45 sec., MP4 format file, 2.79 GB. Recording begins with slide show of still images shown at the memorial, recording of speakers and music begins at 11 min, 54 sec mark, recording ends with still images taken at the reception held immediately following the memorial. Speakers include: Al Wiman, Richard Karl, Lorie M. L. Karnath, Timothy Eberlein, and Virginia V. Weldon. Musicians: David Halen and Kurt Pavitt. FC116-I001.mp4

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Languages of the material

  • English

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  • Latin

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Immediate source of acquisition

Gift, 20 March 2017, Mabel L. Purkerson, MD, Professor Emerita of Medicine, Accession 2017-011: FC116 (Jessie L. Ternberg Papers) : Video recording of memorial tribute to Jessie Ternberg held on September 25, 2016 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. 1 hr, 17 min, 45 sec., MP4 format file, 2.79 GB. Recording begins with slide show of still images shown at the memorial, recording of speakers and music begins at 11 min, 54 sec mark, recording ends with still images taken at the reception held immediately following the memorial. Speakers include: Al Wiman, Richard Karl, Lorie M. L. Karnath, Timothy Eberlein, and Virginia V. Weldon. Musicians: David Halen and Kurt Pavitt. FC116-I001.mp4

Gift, 1 April 2005, Marion Hunt, PhD, 2005-038, : FC116 (Jessie L. Ternberg papers): Remarks given at dinner marking the 75th anniversary of the first admission of women students to WUSM, October 8, 1993. 1 leaf.

Gift, 5 May 2017, Purkerson, Mabel, Accession 2017-018: FC116 (Jessie L. Ternberg Papers) : 3 boxes. Box 1: correspondence and photographs from Dr. Ternberg's office on the 5th floor of Saint Louis Children's Hospital. Chiefly photographs, snapshots and portraits, of her patients and their families. Many of the snapshots and patient photos are unidentified and have been discarded. Box 2: Includes Dr. Ternberg's white coat, Babinski reflex hammer, solid brass paperweight commemorating the dedication of SLCH 1984, SLCH nametag button, specially made eyeglasses with magnifying lenses, and surgical instruments including two spoon shaped instruments custom made for Dr. Ternberg. Box 3: Consists of hanging file folders of reprints of her publications.

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