Pippa Smith

Anyone meeting Pippa for the first time would likely have heard her say, “I’m from England”, though her accent would have already given that away.  She was born in Devon and raised in places around the UK and in Hong Kong.  Pippa attended St Mary’s School, Calne in Wiltshire as a girl, and moved to London for University.

Pippa loved science and gained B.Sc. and Ph.D. Physiology degrees from Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of London (at The Chelsea Hospital for Women).  In November 1985, Pippa moved to America to continue her medical research in Dr. Angela Brodie’s laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore, where she worked on research that contributed to the development of an aromatase inhibitor drug now being used as a first line treatment of breast cancer.

Pippa was a loving wife and mother of three children raised in Columbia, Maryland.   She was delighted to make her home in the Howard County community and after her full-time parenting wound down she loved her time working with students, colleagues and dear friends at Howard Community College. She began by assisting students with many of the services provided by the Records, Registration and Veterans’ Affairs office and then took on the role of Graduation and Commencement Specialist where she cleared students for graduation and was an integral part of the Commencement planning.

Pippa’s Alzheimer’s started in her 50s, so at an early age.  She didn’t want others to be challenged by this disease.  She wished for a cure.