Wellesley College Honors JudyAnn Bigby, In-ho Lee and Judith Martin
at 2007 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony Feb. 9

For immediate release:
Jan. 12, 2007

Contact: Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. – What do Massachusetts' new director of health and human services JudyAnn Bigby, syndicated "Miss Manners" columnist Judith Martin and the first female ambassador in Korean history In-ho Lee have in common? All three will receive Wellesley College's 2007 Alumnae Achievement Award Friday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 pm in the Alumnae Hall Auditorium on the Wellesley, Mass., campus.

The Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award recognizes alumnae who have brought honor to themselves and to Wellesley College through their outstanding achievements. The award is the highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields and has been presented annually since 1970. Former recipients include U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

After receiving a B.A. in biology in 1973 from Wellesley, JudyAnn Bigby graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1978. Bigby and her siblings were the first in their family to attend college; she was the first to become a doctor. Newly elected Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has recently picked Bigby as his secretary of health and human services.

After medical school, Bigby completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and was a Henry J. Kaiser Fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 1984, she joined the faculty of the department of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard, and she has been active in teaching, patient care, research and administration. She is also the medical director of Community Health Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Bigby has devoted her career to addressing the health-care needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. She is nationally recognized for her pioneering work in substance-abuse education for primary-care physicians. Her current work focuses on health care for low-income and minority women. She works with public health officials, community health centers and other community-based organizations to explore models for care for disadvantaged women, identify ways to overcome barriers to care and decrease racial disparities in health status and health access.

Bigby is the recipient of many awards, including the Betty Ford Award and Lectureship from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, the David H. Mulligan Award for Leadership and Public Service from the Boston Public Health Commission, the Mary Horrigan Connors Award for Outstanding Leadership in Women's Health from the Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Massachusetts Black Legislature Caucus Health Care Award and the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award.

In-ho Lee, Wellesley class of 1960, graduated with a B.A. in history. She went on to earn an M.A. in 1962 from Radcliffe College's Soviet Union Regional Studies program and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard in 1967.

In 1972, after teaching at Barnard College and Rutgers University, Lee returned to her native Korea where she taught Russian and European history at Korea University and Seoul National University, two of the leading universities in Korea.

In 1996, Lee became the first female ambassador in Korean history. She was appointed to the position of Korean ambassador to Finland, a position she held for two years. Her success in this posting led to her second ambassadorial assignment, Korean ambassador to Russia, one of the major ambassadorial positions in the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following her service in Russia, Lee was named the president of the Korea Foundation, Korea's main agency for the promotion of international cultural exchange.

A renowned academic in the field of Western history, Lee has placed the advocacy of young women in the forefront of her activities, serving as a board member for 10 years for the Korean Association of University Women and for six years as a board member for the Korean Women's Hot Line.

Judith Martin, Wellesley class of 1959, is best known as the nationally syndicated columnist, Miss Manners. Martin began her 25-year career with The Washington Post the day after she graduated from Wellesley. While at the Post, Martin progressed from copy writer to social reporter (covering the White House and diplomatic beat) to features writer for the Style section to drama and film critic to Miss Manners columnist. She has written numerous books on civility as Miss Manners as well as two novels.

Martin's column serves as commentary on modern society and the way we interact as well as a guide for maintaining an environment where people feel respected, welcome and confident. Martin's wit and sense of humor as she delivers this commentary have endeared her to millions of readers and made Miss Manners a household name.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to www.wellesley.edu. For more information about the Alumnae Achievement Awards, call 781-283-2331.