Beloved Emerita Professor of Biology Elizabeth Ballantine Gardner passed away on December 1st, 2020. For more than 50 years, Beth was an active member of the Pine Manor College community, dedicated to the success of the students and the College. Beth earned her BA in Zoology from Vassar College and her Ph.D. from Brown University. She joined Pine Manor College in 1967 as both a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Natural Science. Over the remainder of her career, she continued to be a campus leader through several terms of service chairing her department, her Division and various committees. As Chair of the Division of Science, she, in collaboration with Dr. Nancy White developed the Biology major, which remains today. One of her most enduring contributions to the education of the students was her work on the reconfiguration and renovation of the Dane Science Building to support the science curriculum. She continued this work through her generous and repeated donation of technology to Dane such as classroom technology and Chromebooks for student use. Beth taught courses for 50 years, most as a full-time faculty and then as a faculty emerita until her retirement from active teaching in 2018. She creat-ed and taught a variety of courses such as Psychopharmacology, Human Genetics, Nutrition, and Biology of Women. She challenged her students, made science accessible, and was dedicated to the success of every student. She secured funding for the “Bioscholars Initiative” from the NSF to provide financial support to students of promise. Following her retirement, Beth remained as an integral member of the College through her work with the Development Office and the Physical Facilities Committee.
Her dedication to PMC was recognized when she received the Distinguished Service Award in 2016. She was a mentor and friend to many faculty and staff. Beth was respected as a serious colleague, committed to excellence, always looking for ways to improve herself, her peers, her students and the College. She will be sorely missed by all of us but her legacy will be remembered by all who were impacted by her over these last 50+ years.
Please join us in remembering and celebrating the life of our dear teacher, colleague and friend, Dr. Beth Gardner.
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm, via Zoom