In Memoriam: 2010s
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.