Dr. Anita Figueredo (1916-2010) was the first female surgeon in San Diego and a close friend of Mother Teresa. She was also a fierce proponent of women’s higher education and was a founding member of the board of trustees of San Diego College for Women, later the University of San Diego, and served in that capacity for forty years. Anita’s great passion in life, aside from medicine and her family, was humanitarianism, a calling that produced a four-decade-long friendship with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who called her “The Smiling Apostle of Charity.” In 1982, Dr. Figueredo founded a charity of her own, Friends of the Poor, originally devoted to the needy residents of Tijjuana and San Diego, and which now spans three continents. It is for these reasons that she is being inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame as a Trailblazer.
16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.