Annmarie Sabb

Dr. Annmarie Previte Sabb DC'64 - 2018 New Jersey Women in STEM Mentoring Award Recipient


Dr. Annmarie Previte Sabb DC'64 is a recipient of the 2018 New Jersey Women in STEM Mentoring Award, given by the Association for Women in Science New Jersey. The STEM Mentoring Awards honor New Jersey women who have significantly impacted STEM students or colleagues to achieve higher accomplishments in their field. 

Annmarie entered Douglass with the intention of becoming a pre-med major, though she later graduated with a degree in chemistry. While at Douglass, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, was Vice-President of the Government Association, wrote for the Caellean newspaper, and was a campus tour guide. Many of her favorite Douglass memories include her extracurricular activities such as singing in the Voorhees Chapel Choir and participating in modern dance and theater. 

As a member of the Voorhees Choir, she traveled to Cambridge, MA where they joined the MIT Glee Club for a performance of Mozart's Mass in B Minor. To commemorate the event, the choir received a vinyl recording of the concert. She remembers studying for a calculus exam while waiting to go onstage in a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah Wilderness” at the Little Theater on Nelson Street. As the first person in her family to attend college, she fondly remembers the joy her father felt as they participated in “Dad’s Day” activities on campus. 

After leaving Douglass, Annmarie earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Rutgers University in 1974, and completed a doctorate in organic chemistry at Princeton University in 1986. At Princeton, she studied with Professor Edward C. Taylor, an expert in heterocyclic chemistry and the inventor of the cancer drug, Alimta. 

Annmarie had a 20-year career as a pharmaceutical research scientist and medicinal chemist in drug discovery research. She designed and synthesized drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, obesity, inflammation, and gastrointestinal disorders. She holds over 50 patents and published patent applications. 

For nearly 35 years, Annmarie has given generously of her time and financial resources to improve programs for and offer unique opportunities to Douglass students. When her daughter, Jacqueline Sabb Callahan DC’99, attended Douglass, Annmarie served as president of the Parents Association. From 1997 to 2001 she was a member of the Douglass Dean’s Advisory Council. From 2000 - 2010, Annmarie initiated and co-organized the Wyeth-Douglass College Lectureship, which brought notable women scientists from across the U.S. to Douglass, where they met with students and gave public lectures.  

Annmarie and her husband have done so much to improve the physical campus and provide opportunities for Douglass students. They donated the Frederick J. Sabb and Annmarie Previte Sabb ’64 Electronic Classroom on the first floor of the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, endowed the Annmarie L. and Jacqueline M. Sabb scholarship for a Douglass student, and were major donors to the capital campaign for the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center. 

Although she retired from pharmaceutical research in 2006, Annmarie continues to mentor women in STEM. Please join us in congratulating Annmarie for this wonderful recognition of her work as a mentor and advocate for women in STEM.