After becoming Professor Emeritus of Anatomy
and Consultant of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan Medical
Dr. Elizabeth Crosby began another phase of her career by establishing
association with the Department of Anatomy at the University of Alabama
Birmingham. She came to UAB in 1963 as Professor Emeritus in the
Anatomy. So began a period of almost twenty years in which Dr. Crosby,
a world recognized scientist and teacher, influenced students, faculty,
physicians through her profound understanding of the nervous system and
complete selflessness in teaching.
During her years in Alabama, Dr. Crosby, who
touched many lives,
organized a group of researchers to study comparative neurology. The
objective of this group was to produce a new reference work in
vertebrae neuroanatomy. Although a work on the telencephalons finally
from the group's efforts, it became apparent to the participants that
Crosby's intention was to stimulate a renewed interest in research in
important area. The idea of a book was but the bait.
Dr. Crosby was deeply involved in the research
conducted by sixteen UAB
students who earned Ph.D. degrees in the neuroanatomical sciences.
graduates are actively engaged in education, research, and medicine.
careers reflect favorably upon UAB. Research by faculty members in
collaboration with Dr. Crosby was published and presented in both
international forums, resulting in the early foundation of UAB as a
active, academic institution.
Her driving efforts to understand and to teach
as much as possible about
the nervous system led to recognition at all levels of the scientific
her research projects and published works are far too numerous to
Her achievements resulted in her being awarded nine honorary doctoral
Further, UAB named her Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, and President
Carter in 1980 awarded her the National Medal of Science.
Despite the demands of her profession, Dr.
Crosby was a warm and
compassionate person and extremely generous. To her students and
was a personal confidante, ever ready to help. Praise was her strongest
motivator. In a world hungry for power, wealth, and status, Elizabeth
Crosby was an anachronism of modesty and self-effacement. Certainly,
better for the years of influence exerted by this most remarkable