June 12, 2018

A Penny for Your Thoughts

Penny is simply irreplaceable at ACR and in the breast imaging community. The depth and breadth of her knowledge cannot be overstated. Penny’s kindness in sharing that knowledge regardless of the time of day or night is incredible. I can remember attending FDA hearings where almost all of the time on record consisted of the FDA asking Penny to the microphone for either information or advice, usually both. Her impact has been tremendous and her legacy will live on for decades. I, for one, still plan to bug her in retirement. She is our go-to gal! Congrats, Penny, on your transition to a new phase in your life. I’m certain you will be making contributions in your path ahead, wherever it takes you. You are loved by the entire breast imaging community, and we wish you well. With love and respect,

 — Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR

Penny, your contributions to the radiology professions are immeasurable! Your expertise in radiation physics, quality and safety is second to none. We will miss you terribly, but we are so pleased that you will be able to enjoy this next chapter of your life. With tremendous gratitude,

 — James A. Brink, MD, FACR

Penny’s remarkable eye for detail, uncommon depth of knowledge, strong personal commitment to every endeavor and superhuman work ethic make her a great ACR employee. Her good nature, sense of humor and unabashed gusto for life make her a great human being. Sixteen years of collaboration, mentorship and bonding make her a great boss and a friend I will never forget. Goodbye, Penny — I don’t think that you will ever truly be gone as long as BI-RADS® and Image Wisely® keep going strong, or while the ACR still has members, staff or associates with whom you’ve shared your time and personality. Your legacy is secure because of all that you’ve accomplished and all the lives you’ve touched.

 — Wil Creech, ACR Quality & Safety

Penny came to ACR late in her career as a medical physicist, but she was a great addition to the Quality and Safety department. She works hard and plays even harder. 

 — Marie D. Zinninger, BS, MSN, RN

Penny, I would like to thank you for your many years of service at the ACR in support of quality and safety in medical imaging. Moreover, I appreciate that this was more than a job for you — it was a vocation — and you always did your best, for all stakeholders, to advance the field and ensure the best care for our patients. Your presence at the ACR and in the medical physics community will be greatly missed. I wish you a very happy, healthy and relaxing retirement. You’ve earned it! 

 — Cynthia H. McCollough, PhD

To me, Penny Butler IS Medical Physics at ACR. Many wonderful volunteers contribute in many ways, but Penny is the one constant representing medical physicists’ concerns on every committee, project, standard or practice parameter, responding to every request for consultation and alerting members to every opportunity to improve quality and safety for patients and radiology professionals alike. I wouldn’t have made it through my term as commission chair without her undying dedication to ACR and her medical physics colleagues.

 — Richard Geise, PhD, FACR

I have had the pleasure of working with Penny all of her time at the ACR. When she promised something, it was completed on time and perfect. Her composure, expertise and ability to quickly grasp the needs of ACR projects was extremely helpful to me with the development of BI-RADS. On a lighter note, she is a Corvette enthusiast. The last one I remember is her yellow Vette! Don’t know what she has now but I’m betting it is another Corvette! Go racing Penny and congratulations on a wonderful career.

 — Carl J. D'Orsi, MD, FACR

I think I first met Penny when the ACR started its CT accreditation program, and I was invited to serve on the physics subcommittee. As a fellow medical physicist who had actually been through the development of an accreditation program, I and our subcommittee looked to Penny for guidance. Penny was always there for us to provide words of wisdom and encouragement as we developed this program. Those early days were a struggle and we faced a lot of challenges, but now we look back at them fondly and with just a little bit of pride at the programs that were developed and continue today. Penny has always served as a role model and she especially demonstrated how medical physicists can contribute to important programs such as those run by the ACR. She always conducted herself with class and skill and in such a way to earn the respect and admiration of me and my colleagues in medical physics. We will miss her and have no idea how the ACR will ever replace her. Wishing her all the best in her retirement!

 — Michael F. McNitt-Gray, PhD

I worked directly for Penny when she first started with the ACR and had the pleasure of working with her throughout her career here. The days that we worked on the development of new accreditation programs and spending endless hours testing phantoms were some of my favorite moments at the ACR. Penny’s dedication to the medical physicists’ and breast imaging communities, as well as to the ACR, are outstanding. Her knowledge of the field and the personal contacts/friends she has with other experts in the field are irreplaceable. She is a joy to work with and has brought us much laughter throughout the years. Penny will definitely be missed.

 — Krista Bush, ACR Quality & Safety

Penny has been an inspiration and an enabler for my curiosity and nosiness throughout my tenure at ACR. When I worked in the Research department, Penny opened a window into quality and safety by allowing me to work with her on reviewer statistics and on an IOM report on mammography access. She was my go-to resource for answering all questions related to radiation safety when I was first invited to serve on a National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements committee and is still the main expert I go to on these topics. During the years since I moved to the Q&S team, she has been a wonderful colleague and mentor. She is a voice of reason and good judgment when everyone around her is ready to jump to the first available conclusion. I will miss learning from her and laughing with her while she enjoys her much-deserved retirement.

 — Mythreyi Chatfield, PhD, ACR Quality & Safety

Truth be told, I didn’t know Penny that well until we traveled together to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a conference on radiation safety. Sure, I recognized her foundational work in the development of the breast accreditation and other programs, and her deep knowledge of the regulatory processes that govern our specialty. But I didn’t realize she had such an outsized reputation in the international radiology arena. I felt like I was with a rock star and was happy on ACR’s behalf to bask in the reflected glory. Penny has contributed to the advancement of our profession in a very significant way, and we have been so fortunate to benefit from her commitment and expertise. Hearing stories about Penny being only one of a few women in her undergraduate physics classes in the 1970s was really inspiring. Penny is a true #radxx pioneer, and I wish her all the best for a very well-deserved retirement!

 — Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR