2014 Alumnae Award
Since 1970, the Alumnae Association has bestowed its highest honor on seventy-seven alumnae who exemplify the positive contributions that Cedar Crest graduates make through their careers, volunteer work and family life.
Deborah Noble Baird ’60, M.D., FAAP
Deborah Noble Baird graduated from Cedar Crest College in 1960 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Inspired by Dr. Marion Kayhart and her own love of biology, Deborah decided to pursue a career in medicine. Upon graduation, Deborah worked for a year as a teacher for the deaf in order to earn enough money to pay for medical school at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. At the time, there were only four women in her entering class, which provided its own challenges, as this was a predominantly male profession. She thrived in this environment and continued working hard to make a good name for herself among the majority of men in the field. Upon graduation from Hahnemann in 1966, Deborah went on to do an internship at Bryn Mawr in pediatrics.
Deborah and her growing family relocated to Ardmore, Oklahoma, where she became the first woman doctor in the local hospital. Past practice would be to evaluate the children and transfer them to a facility in Oklahoma City for treatment. However, Deborah’s tenacity pushed to change this and she trained her staff to successfully care for these children within their facility. She established a Pediatric Ward within her hospital and assisted the hospital in Oklahoma City to upgrade its nursery to a Level Two unit. Deborah oversaw the design and renovation as well as the training of professional staff.
In 1986, Deborah took a fellowship in Dallas, Texas, that focused on helping children with developmental disabilities. She worked with these children until 1991 then went into private practice in Rowlett, Texas, until 2000, still with a focus on developmental pediatrics. Deborah decided to retire at this point in her career, but her retirement did not last long. She worked part time for three years at the Tulsa Children’s Medical Center where she specialized in learning disabilities and dyslexia.
Currently, Deborah works at Hastings Hospital, which is part of the Cherokee Nation. She specializes in developmental problems from birth on and devotes one day per week at the facility assisting clients and their families.
Deborah resides in Oklahoma with her husband, Bob. She has three sons and is a proud grandmother to five grandsons.
Constance Parkes Washburne ’48 Award Citation
Marjorie Bachman Janoski ’44
At Reunion, for the past 13 years, the Alumnae Association has surprised an alumna by recognizing her for her dedication and contributions to Cedar Crest, in memory of an equally dedicated alumna, Constance Parkes Washburne ’48. Each year, it becomes more challenging to select just one of many deserving alumnae for this honor. The award is given to “an alumna who has been active in the Alumnae Association and loyal and devoted to the College and its administration.”
This year’s honoree, Marjorie Bachman Janoski, has served the College in all of its most important roles for many years. As a student, this Who’s Who awardee was a leader on the stage, participating in concert choir, Song Contest and Glee Club, on the field as a basketball, hockey and volleyball player and a member of the YWCA and Women’s Athletic Association, and in the boardroom, as a member of the Student Government Association and the Home Economics Club. Her commitment to the College was evident even in 1944, when she won the coveted Butz Award at graduation, the only prize voted on by the entire campus community.
Marjorie didn’t waste any time after graduation before becoming an incredibly active alumna, beginning the first of her many terms as Class Agent immediately and shortly thereafter becoming the Alumnae Association Secretary. She served as an alumnae trustee in the 1950s and was a member of the Cedar Crest Auxiliary. Since then, Marjorie has been a constant advocate for Cedar Crest College, talking it up to anyone who will listen and ultimately encouraging even two of her daughters to enroll.