Connally 1 She was known as Virginia Boyd in 1935 when Alice Baker joined her at medical school in New Orleans. She is now Dr. Virginia Boyd Connally, renowned in Texas as the first woman physician in Abilene, first woman to head the hospital and first woman to head the medical society. And she is about to celebrate birthday No. 102.

Author/editor Martha Fitzgerald brought her a copy of “Courtship” while in Abilene for a four-day book tour and enjoyed talking with her about Charity Hospital and 1930s New Orleans. Dr. Connally graduated a year ahead of Martha’s mother, Alice Baker Holoubek, and was an ENT resident when newlyweds Alice and Joe had a fellowship at LSU School of Medicine.  Her husband was in dental school, as Alice mentions in one of her letters to Joe.

Dr. Connally may remember her medical training well, but she is firmly grounded in the present, Fitzgerald said. She is a woman of deep faith and still wants to make a difference in the world. She came to Fitzgerald’s last appearance in Abilene, a luncheon at the Woman’s Department Club.