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Celebrating Women's History Month: Dr. Frieda Rudo

Written by Adam Zewe

Dr. Frieda Rudo was promoted to professor of pharmacology at UMSOD in 1975, becoming one of the first women at UMSOD to attain the rank of full professor. Through ground-breaking research, Dr. Rudo earned the respect of her colleagues and became an internationally-acclaimed scientist.

A native New Yorker, she was raised in Puerto Rico before returning to the U.S. to attend Goucher College. Dr. Rudo joined the university in 1955 as a technical consultant, earning research awards and accolades as her career advanced. She achieved worldwide recognition for her contributing research to the development of Ethrane and Forane, which remain two of the most widely-used inhalation anesthetics. Although she was dedicated to cutting-edge research, Dr. Rudo harbored a distrust of computers and kept records on 3 by 5 note cards. A prolific scientist, she authored chapters on pharmacology and anesthetics for three textbooks and developed many slides and videotapes for educational purposes.

Dr. Rudo retired from UMSOD in 1993, after devoting nearly 40 years to the study of anesthetics and analgesics. She passed away in 1996.

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