Dr. Mary Smith was a mentor of mine. She taught ambulatory medicine, which was Cornell’s term for what at Penn we called Field Service – going out to farm calls. This is from a Cornell news publication. Cornell was known in those days to admitting only two women per class of about 80-100 students.
“Until 1970, only a small number of seats were made available to female applicants. Mary Smith, D.V.M. ’72, professor in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, recalls her application process to the college. “After fifty-eight men had been selected, four women were summoned to the Hagan Room,” Smith says. “We were told, ‘Two of you we will accept and two we will reject,’ and one at a time we were called out for an interview.” Times changed. New admission policies caused a 500 percent increase in women admitted to Cornell between 1971 and 1977.”