Deborah M. Celig, M.S., MT(ASCP1SM, CLS(NCA), a SCACM member for 20 years, died on July 30, 2002, after a two-year battle with cancer. Debbie was the supervisor of the Specialty Laboratories (Anaerobes, Mycology, Mycobacteriology, Parasitology) at the University of Illinois Hospital where she had worked her entire professional career. She received a B.S. in Medical Technology in 1980 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and accepted a position as a medical technologist in the microbiology lab at the UIC Hospital upon graduation. In 1983 she received an appointment as clinical instructor in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science, where she taught microbiology. That same year she was promoted to supervisor of the anaerobe section. In 1992 she received a Master of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Her graduate research involved the study of susceptibility testing methods for anaerobic bacteria.
She was active in many professional organizations including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society for Medical Technology, the Illinois Society for Microbiology, the South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology and the American Society for Microbiology. She was best known for her work with anaerobic bacteria and presented numerous workshops and audio conferences on this subject as well as authoring over 20 papers and abstracts on the subject of anaerobic identification and susceptibility testing. She served as the SCACM Anaerobe Interest Group Coordinator from 1990-1998. She participated as faculty in several SCACM Anaerobic workshops and presented audio conferences on practical anaerobic bacteriology for both SCACM and ASM. She was elected to two terms as Clinical Councilor for the Illinois Society for Microbiology (Branch of the American Society fo~ Microbiology) and was presented with the Tanner- Shaunessy A ward for her achievements in the field of microbiology by the Illinois Society for Microbiology. Debbie was the only child of Ferdinand "Fritz" and the late Helen, nee Dudczyk.