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Published on September 20th, 2016
Bobbi Gibb: Who grabbed headlines in 1966, by becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Today's story is about her accomplishments since then.

Bobbi Gibb
Bobbi Gibb  

In 1969, Bobbi graduated from UC San Diego, fulfilling pre-med requirements, and hoping to go to medical school, but as happened to many women, her application was not taken seriously.

So Bobbi pursued neuroscience, working for MIT Professor Jerry Lettvin in epistemology, which is the study of how the brain learns and retains information.

Meanwhile, Bobbi had a baby, and as a single mother brought her son into the lab to be with her.

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While working in neuroscience. Bobbi also enrolled part-time in law school and in 1978, became an attorney.

For the next 18-years, she represented clients in patent and environmental law, and served as a legislative aid. She also continued her work in neuroscience, and was actively involved in raising her son.

Then in 2001, a close friend was struck with ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig's Disease, as his body began breaking down. Then as now, there is no cure.

Bobbi did all she could to save his life (he died three years later) and to save the lives of other ALS sufferers by immersing herself in ALS research and she has never stopped her research.

Today, with other scientists, she continues to seek answers.

Bobbi works for Robert H. Brown, Head of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, on whose behalf she tracks neuro research in many labs for potential cures not only for ALS, but for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's brain disorders.

But there is even more to Bobbi's busy life:

She is an artist whose paintings and sculptures are displayed in art shows.


At age 73, Bobbi also continues to run and exercise, and may yet run another Boston Marathon, 50 years after her original run.

When asked, what her greatest achievement is, "It is my son," she replied. Like Bobbi, her son is a neuroscientist, who like her is determined to be of benefit to all mankind.

Editor's Note: To learn more click here, here and here. To see Bobbi's art, visit http://www.bobbigibbart.net/paintings/ To read Bobbi's autobiography, "Wind in the Fire" click here.

In the next KazanToday: A woman who is a godsend to old dogs.

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