Pharmaceutical economics & health policy In memorium| Volume 34, ISSUE 7, P1530, July 2012

Judith A. Shinogle, PhD, MSc

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      Judith A. Shinogle, PhD, MSc. Photo courtesy of MIPAR.
      Judy Shinogle, Co-Section Editor for PEHP since 2010, passed away on May 20, 2012, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. At 49, much of life and perhaps her best work lay ahead.
      Too often we know each other only through our work, but a rich life consists of much more. For Judy, this meant multiple professional accomplishments as well as training national champions for canine agility competitions. Her passion for the American Kennel Club canine agility training most recently resulted in both of her German Shorthaired Pointers having top national rankings. When her car was struck by a vehicle crossing the median on that early Sunday morning, she and her dogs, Siegfried and Bruni, were en route to a class. Bruni also died in the accident.
      Judy's professional life wove across professional associations, public service, academia, and consulting.
      When I first met Judy, she was a health economics graduate student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. By that time, she had already completed pharmacy school at the University of Kansas, obtained a master's from Harvard, and had worked for both the American Pharmacists Association and the Congressional Budget Office. She attended the seminar I gave when being interviewed for a faculty position at Hopkins and, as I recall, she asked the most questions.
      Following graduation, Judy held faculty positions at several universities and at a nonprofit research organization. At the University of South Carolina's College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health, Judy was active in the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, where her work focused on emergency medicine and on mental health services utilization. In 2004, Judy was a National Center for Health Statistics/Academy Health Policy fellow. At the conclusion of her fellowship, Judy joined RTI International as a senior economist. A committed and accomplished researcher, Judy found a professional home at the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR), where she was a senior research scientist and an adjunct associate of public policy. Throughout her professional work, she brought insights into pharmaceutical practices and policies and their consequences. However, she was more than the sum of her research projects; Judy was equally committed to education and teaching.
      My strongest memories of Judy are of her devotion to her family, her love for her dogs, and her joy in being an educator. In addition to our regular conversations regarding particular Clinical Therapeutics manuscripts and matters requiring editorial input, Judy and I served on a doctoral committee relatively recently. She was an astute statistician and methodologist, but more so an empathetic mentor whose approach was clearly “how can this be made better?” Most of our conversations from that work concerned her twin professional goals: the development of talented students and the implications of her work on policy and practice.
      Dr. Judy Shinogle and her passion for life will be missed by her many close friends and colleagues.