Wellesley’s highest accolade is given annually to graduates of distinction, who through their achievements, have brought honor to themselves and the College. On October 18, 2019, the Wellesley College Alumnae Association (WCAA) presented this year's Alumnae Achievement Awards to Carol Remmer Angle ’48 and Diane Rowland ’70.
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CAROL REMMER ANGLE ’48
Pediatric Trailblazer & International Toxicology Expert
Carol Remmer Angle, Professor Emerita at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, is a world expert on lead poisoning and co-founder of one of the country’s first poison control centers. Her work related to lead and arsenic exposure has had a significant and lasting impact on environmental health globally. Throughout her half-century career as a pediatrician, toxicologist, and educator, Angle broke barriers in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and beyond.
Angle rose to be one of the first women in the country to become a medical school department chair after serving in numerous academic roles in the University of Nebraska College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, as well as holding key professional medical appointments within the University’s Hospital and at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. Angle established Nebraska’s first pediatric renal dialysis unit.
Her commitment to studying and preventing the impact of environmental toxins includes years of research and publishing. For decades, Angle provided editorial leadership at the Journal of Toxicology - Clinical Toxicology. She contributed scientific expertise as a consultant to numerous organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. Angle has held national committee assignments with the Society of Toxicology and is one of the founders of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Angle lost her hearing early in her career.
Angle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Wellesley College and an M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College.
DIANE ROWLAND ’70
Health Policy Leader & Advocate for Healthcare Access
Diane Rowland, Executive Vice President of the Kaiser Family Foundation, is a nationally recognized health policy expert with a distinguished career in public policy and research focusing on health insurance coverage, access to care, and health financing for low-income, elderly, and disabled populations. She oversees health policy analytic work on Medicaid, Medicare, private health insurance, HIV and global health policy, women’s health policy, and disparities. Rowland is also an adjunct professor in the department of health policy and management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University.
Rowland frequently testifies as an expert witness before the United States Congress on issues related to health policy, Medicare and Medicaid, and health care for poor and disadvantaged populations. She has published widely on these subjects and is the editor of several books. Her federal health policy experience includes service on the staff of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, as well as senior health policy positions in the Department of Health and Human Services. Rowland served as the inaugural chair of the congressionally authorized Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) established to advise Congress on issues related to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Rowland holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and American studies from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Doctor of Science in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University.