Mrs. Horne joined the Auxiliary when her husband, Lloyd Horne, MD, became a member of the Shadyside Hospital Medical Staff in 1967. He had been a research assistant and “like a son” to the well-known endocrinologist Thaddeus Danowski, MD. Although she worked full-time managing her husband’s office, she took baby pictures at the hospital six, sometimes seven days a week, for 29 years. “Babies are born every day,” she reminds you. “They don’t give you a day off.
“And I believe that when you work for an organization, you work. Just being a dues-paying member is not for me.”
In addition to taking the baby pictures, Mrs. Horne began visiting patients, a job she continues today, nearly a half-century later. “The thing about me is that I’m not afraid to talk to strangers,” she says. “People often ask me how I walk into a room and just start a conversation. I usually start with ‘Good morning.’ ”
In her easy, low-key way, she’ll talk about “whatever they want to talk about — their families, friends, travel, the Steelers — anything except religion and politics!”