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In Memoriam | Spring 2023

In Memoriam: 2010s

Notices sorted by graduation date

Dr. Claire Hays Montaigne (Col ’11, Med ’16 CM) of Portland, Oregon, died Sept. 21, 2022. As an undergraduate studying human biology at UVA, she was a Jefferson Scholar, a member of the University Guide Service, a graduation chair for the Class of 2011 trustees and a Lawn resident. After graduating summa cum laude, she attended UVA Medical School, where she was active in the Generalist Scholars Program, was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, co-led the Family Medicine Interest Group and co-founded Medical Students for Choice at UVA. She also volunteered at the Charlottesville Free Clinic and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Raven societies. At the time of her death, she was an assistant professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, where she worked to improve women’s health and meet the needs of underserved communities. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation plans to establish a scholarship in her memory, awarded to a recipient wishing to pursue a career in medicine. Survivors include her husband, Matthew Baer (Col ’11 CM); a daughter; her parents, including Fen Montaigne (Col ’74 CM); and a sister.