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Alyce Higginbotham, Alumna and Counselor

Alyce Renee Collier Higginbotham, senior counselor and assistant director of the Penn Women's Center, died March 12 at the age of 40, while awaiting a lung transplant needed because of complications from lupus.
Mrs. Higginbotham, a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, took her baccalaureate degree in psychology from The College in 1978. As an undergraduate she was the first president of the Penn Gospel Choir, and she remained active in Penn's Black Alumni Association until her death.
After graduation from Penn she went on to receive a master's degree in family therapy from Hahnemann University.
In 1995 she joined the Penn Women's Center, where she is remembered by colleagues as creative and gifted in helping people.
She was also active in the New Covenant Church of Philadelphia and a member of its choir.
She is survived by her husband, Stephen Higginbotham; by her two children Calvin Taylor 3rd and Marisa Sarai Taylor; her father, James Collier; her mother, Rudeen Collier Norris; a brother, James Collier; and sisters, Deborah Anne Collier, Carole Denise Collier and Willisha Nicole Norris.

Dr. Elizabeth E. Miller, Microbiologist at PennMed

Dr. Elizabeth Eshelman Miller, an emeritus assistant professor of surgery who was among the first women on the faculty at the School of Medicine, died on February 15 at the age of 78.

Dr. Miller earned a B.S. degree from the University of Colorado in 1943 and began her career in science at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in Princeton, where she worked with Drs. W. M. Stanley and Albert Sabin, among others. In 1946 she joined the Institute for Cancer Research at Penn, where she was to take up graduate study in microbiology in 1952. While studying for her master's degree (awarded in 1954) and Ph.D. (1955), she worked in the Henry Phipps Institute here with Dr. Florence Seibert.

Dr. Miller joined the Harrison Department in 1962 as an associate, and retired in 1990 after 28 years as a cancer researcher there.

She then continued her work as a volunteer until ill health forced her to stop a couple years ago. She died of heart failure at Allegheny University Hospital/MCP.

Dr. Miller is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gail L. Miller.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, March 24, 1998, Volume 44, Number 26