Mabel L. Purkerson

Mabel L. Purkerson

Mabel L. Purkerson, (MED’99) was awarded The Sweeney Medal for dedication and service to The Explorers Club (TEC). She served as St. Louis Chapter Chair (2005-2011) and she has contributed to building the St. Louis Chapter. At the national level of TEC, her committees are: Membership, Legacy Society, Library & Archives and Management. She served as a member of the Board of Directors 2010-2017. She strongly supports efforts to preserve and update the Headquarters Building in New York.

Dr. Purkerson is a retired physician-educator, she is Professor Emerita of Medicine at Washington University. Scientific research interests included pioneering studies in renal physiology, notably pathophysiology of the kidney. She has a lifelong interest in nature, wildlife conservation and preservation. A wide experience in world travel has enabled her to learn about other civilizations and observe people living in the places visited – particularly those with environmental needs. She has deep concern that our Planet’s untamed beauty should be preserved for future generations. Among her contributions to conservation: Lower Zambezi Partnership Park for which she secured funding enabling local tribes to build a fish farm to help natives become self-supporting and appreciators of their natural resources; in St. Louis she obtained funding for the Trailnet/Confluence Cell-Phone Tour of Area Historic Sites. She is a Royal Geographical Society Fellow, American Alpine Club Member, member of numerous professional societies; serves on boards of trustees of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Historical Society, Missouri Botanical Garden, Opera Theatre St. Louis and St. Louis Academy of Science.

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