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Recipient of the 2005 Significant Contributor to Clinical Microbiology Award
Merrily Ann Rausch, MT (ASCP)
The SCACM Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2005 Significant Contributor to Clinical Microbiology Award is Merrily Ann Rausch, MT (ASCP), of Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately, Merrily passed away in March, 2005, and was sincerely missed at the 2005 Spring SCACM Meeting in Elizabeth, Indiana, on April 15, 2005.
Merrily made many contributions to clinical microbiology by being Lead Technologist in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory or the Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) for 35 years, being a member of and active in many professional organizations, and contributing significantly to many applied clinical microbiology studies and publications.
Merrily made many contributions to clinical microbiology by being heavily involved in, supporting enthusiastically, and leading SCACM for many years. She was president of SCACM, served in many SCACM positions and on many SCACM committees, and attended and organized many fall and spring meetings and social events. She made SCACM a more important, more influential, and more interesting professional organization than it was when she became involved in our organization many years ago.
The Award was presented to Merrily during the luncheon at our Spring Meeting in April and was accepted proudly on her behalf by her son, Mr. Christopher Smith, also of Columbus, Ohio. Larry Gray read comments of remembrance and appreciation submitted by Dr. Bill Buesching, Director of Clinical Microbiology Services, OSUMC, and by Mr. Peter Geier, Chief Executive Officer, OSU Health System, and Chief Operating Officer, OSUMC. Mr. Jared Cunningham, Manager of Clinical Laboratories, OSUMC, spoke of her innumerable contributions to the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, to the lives of her coworkers in the Laboratory, and to the patients she served. After accepting the Award, Mr. Smith spoke graciously of his mother, and he lovingly commented on her devotion to her children, her profession, and her beloved OSU Buckeyes.
Congratulations, Merrily, and thank you for your contributions to our lives and to our profession.