May 8, 2013
ObGyn & RS Department Chair Receives A 2013 J.E. Wallace Sterling "Muleshoe" Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award
UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences chair, Linda C. Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc, has been awarded the J.E. Wallace Sterling "Muleshoe" Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award from the Stanford University Medical School Alumni Association. Of forty award recipients since its inception in 1983, Dr. Giudice is one of only five women. A very distinguished group.
History of the J.E. Wallace Sterling "Muleshoe" Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award
On November 9, 1959, as Stanford University President Wallace Sterling was walking across an open field to the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future medical school, he stumbled on an old horseshoe and took it with him as a good luck omen. Years later Gunther W. Nagel, MD '21, spotted the horseshoe in an administrator's office. Acting on a belief that the School of Medicine should honor distinguished alumni, Dr. Nagel proposed that the horseshoe symbolize that honor. He took the shoe to an expert who explained it was actually a muleshoe and may have been lost during the Portola expedition. In 1983 the SUMCAA Board conferred the first J. E. Wallace Sterling Muleshoe Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award. The award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of his or her exceptional lifetime achievements. For those who questioned the propriety of awarding a muleshoe rather than a horseshoe, Dr. Nagel was quick to point out that a mule is smarter and more reliable than a horse and has a lot more kick.
Excerpted from Stanford Medicine magazine.