Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
Executive, medical educator, and distinguished physician - Edithe Miller Levit has garnered the highest acclaim and recognition as a leader in the medical sciences.
At Bucknell, she majored in biology, was the assistant editor of the Bucknell Beacon and president of the sophomore girls. She was a cheerleader, sang in the Glee Club, and voted May Queen.
A member of Phi Sigma, the national biology honorary, she did her graduate work at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. There she received her medical degree with the honor of membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, and was selected as the Outstanding Graduate by the American Association of University Women.
Her distinguished 10-year association with Philadelphia General Hospital included a four-year term as Director of Medical Education. Acknowledged by her colleagues for her tireless energy, exceptional ability, and administrative creativity, she joined the staff of the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1961, where she has served as vice president.
She has published numerous articles in the field of medicine and been named a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. She was given a citation in 1970 by the Women's Medical College as the Outstanding Alumna.
Her greatest honor, however, is manifested in her unanimous appointment as the president and director of the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1977. She is the first woman to hold this office in the distinguished 60-year history of the Board.