Teaching economics at University of Michigan in Flint in 1963.

Teaching economics at University of Michigan in Flint in 1963.

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) School of Public Health faculty and graduating students in hospital administration circa 1975. Irene (front right) was the only woman on faculty.

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) School of Public Health faculty and graduating students in hospital administration circa 1975. Irene (front right) was the only woman on faculty.

Irene, with husband Charlie, receiving the Genesis Humanitarian Award in 2011.

Irene, with husband Charlie, receiving the Genesis Humanitarian Award in 2011.

Achievements & Awards

  • One of the first women to earn a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University (1960)
  • Consultant to the World Health Organization concerning the international migration of physicians and nurses (70s)
  • University of Michigan School of Public Health professor who taught micro-economics; policy analysis; structure and composition of the health workforce; and gender, race, ethnicity, and health (1976-1996)
  • Fulbright Scholar: Netherlands (1983-84) and Israel (1991-92)
  • University of Michigan's Academic Women's Caucus Sarah Goddard Power Award (1990)
  • Co-creator of the University of Michigan Wallenberg Medal and Lecture (1990-present)
  • Co-founder of Zeituna (olive tree in Arabic), an Arab-Jewish women's dialog group (2002-present)
  • The Genesis Award Distinguished Humanitarian (2011)
  • Federal Inter-Agency Award: Educational Outreach and Service (2011)
  • People of Distinction Humanitarian Award (2013)
Irene receives that 2011 Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program Educational Outreeach and Service Award.

Irene receives that 2011 Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program Educational Outreeach and Service Award.