Dr. Elizabeth Burr Thelberg, college physician and professor of physiology and hygiene, was decorated by the French government for her war work. She was one of the originators, toward the end of World War I, of the American Women's Hospitals and served for many years on the organization's board.

Writing home in October 1887, a freshman had said: "There is the prettiest little doctor I ever saw; she is so sweet and so unlike the usual doctor."