The Roberta Fenlon papers, 1939-1986, include records and
correspondence relating to her professional activity in various medical and healthcare
organizations, most notably her presidency of the California Medical Association
(1970-1971), her presidency of the San Francisco Medical Society, and her tenure at
University of California, San Francisco's School of Medicine.
Roberta F. Fenlon was born in Clinton, Iowa on June 13, 1911. A prominent local San
Francisco physician, she was active in many state and national medical associations and
organizations. In the 1940s Fenlon began her residency at the University of California San
Francisco Medical Center (known after 1970 as UCSF School of Medicine), where she continued
teaching as a professor of clinical medicine until the early 1980s, while serving on
numerous faculty committees. Fenlon was the first woman elected as president of the San
Francisco Medical Society (SFMS) in 1960. In 1970 she became the first woman elected
president to the California Medical Association (CMA). During her time as president and
after, Fenlon contributed to the CMA's response to state and federal legislation
regarding the expansion of public services for health care and compensation for medical
services. She died on August 31, 1987 in San Francisco.
4 cartons, 2 oversize boxes
6 linear feet
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