Career in Medical Command Brought Care, Laughter to Sailors and Soldiers

Shari Kirshner '76 and Lewis Black

Capt. Shari Holtzclaw Kirshner ’76 was just looking for some help with graduate
school tuition when she joined the military reserves. Some 33 years later, she retired from a career with the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps.

As commanding officer of the Naval Medical Logistics Command from 2001 to 2005, Shari oversaw distribution of medical supplies to ships, bases and hospitals worldwide.

Alumna Cares for Wounded Warriors

Alumna Cares for Wounded Warriors

“It’s pretty hard if you think about it — you’re sitting in a vehicle in Iraq and a roadside bomb goes off. The next thing you remember is being in Germany a few days later and flying 12 hours overnight to get to Walter Reed,” Lt. Cl. Mary King ’76, M.D. says. “It’s difficult for me to see young men and women who were very productive have their lives changed.”