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Elizabeth Leonard Popper 1926–2010

Section Editor(s): Brandt-Rauf, Paul W. MD, ScD, DrPH; Editor

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: January 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue 1 - p 1
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31820964b0
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Elizabeth Leonard Popper, known to everyone as Liz, passed away on November 22, 2010. Liz was born on February 26, 1926, and spent her formative years in the Mid-West. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University, she initially went to work in publishing with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Chicago. She returned to school for her master's degree at the University of Nebraska and subsequently took a position at Syracuse University, where she met and married Herbert, who worked at General Electric in Syracuse at the time. Herbert was subsequently transferred to Philadelphia, where Liz met Lloyd Tepper, who was then the Editor of the Journal of Occupational Medicine. In 1986, Lloyd asked her to become the Journal's managing editor, and for the next 15 years, Liz was the heart and soul of the Journal, first under Lloyd Tepper and then under Paul Brandt-Rauf. Anyone who had any contact with the Journal during those years will certainly recall Liz's warm and personal touch in all the communications, which even seemed to make rejections somehow bearable. When she retired in 2001, her years of dedicated service were recognized by American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine when the college board of directors elected her an honorary member of the college. After retirement, Liz remained active pursuing her other passions, including ice skating, playing piano, and traveling. She is survived by her husband, her three sons, and her brother, as well as the legacy of her many contributions to making the Journal what it is today.

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