Marilyn Koering came to the College intending to be a nurse, but found she preferred studying anatomy. She went on to become an esteemed researcher and professor of anatomy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She was the first woman to win that school's Distinguished Teaching Award, and conducted a research program with National Institute of Health funds for over 25 years. Along the way, she gained national attention in the 1980s as a cancer survivor. She died in 2008. Through her estate she is furnishing a classroom or laboratory in the newly expanded Science Center.