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her four younger siblings to school. Rosemary has trained other young women, who now work with her, to create more baskets for export. Each life she touches, says Egle, has a ripple effect on the family, the community, the region, the country. The women she helps in turn help others. “If I can help only one person, that ought to be enough,” she says. Egle’s servant heart and years of dedication to the plight of women around the world was recognized at this year’s Homecoming chapel with the Alumna of the Year award. lll n comparison, one might say that the 2011 Young Alumna of the Year, is still in the honeymoon phase of her chosen career path but already making a noticeable difference in her community. While still a medical resident, Dr. Kimberly (Hooten ’02) Williams was called in to confirm the death of a hospital patient. An old man had passed away peacefully in the hospital bed, surrounded by his family. She examined him, closed his eyes, and let the family know that he was indeed gone. Asking his loved ones if there was anything they needed, she was touched by the wife’s request. “Would you please close his mouth, so that I can kiss him goodbye?” A career in medicine is full of these moments, says Williams. “As physicians, we are in people’s lives at very poignant times. To be in people’s lives in that intimate way always strikes me.” Her willingness to serve with love and compassion during very personal moments is what sets Williams apart as a physician. In her residency, she won an award of excellence for OB/GYN care at Lancaster General Hospital. Helping women in the process of birth is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of her career, she says. Today, Williams is an associate director of the


Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency in Salina, Kansas. She teaches and supervises residents, as well as sees patients at a general practice clinic. Williams says she enjoys the variety of the work and she plans to continue to build her career in academic medicine.

“... to be in people’s lives in that intimate way always strikes me.” —Kimberly Williams Williams wanted to be a doctor since high school because of her passion for people and science. Why did she choose YC for her undergrad pre-med degree? When she visited campus, faculty members said they would pray for her to make the best decision for her future, whether that be attending York College or another school. She knew then that YC was a place where she would learn more than organic chemistry and medical terminology; it was a place where she could learn to balance professionalism with Christian love and service. And that is one lesson she is still practicing today. lll

(left) Kimberly and her son Owen. (above) President Eckman presents the Young Alumna of the Year award to Dr. Williams.

Heritage Fall 2011 15

York College Heritage Magazine