Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59 earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Mary Washington and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan. During her career, she served her clients and the industry with excellence and energy, holding positions as a chemist, an electron microscopist, and an independent consultant. Her husband, James "Don" Rodgers joined the Signal Corps during World War II and worked with electron microscopes. After the war, he went to work for Philips Electronic Instruments as a product engineer and was later promoted to product manager. He interviewed and hired Irene Piscopo at a time when there were few women scientists. When Don and Irene decided to marry, Irene left the company to get around the “married in the workplace” rule and was hired on as a consultant for Philips. Don had an outstanding career, retiring from Philips in 1988. Irene and her late husband established scholarships and student research fellowships.