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Celebrating the Lifetime of Distinguished UD Alumnus Shirley Pohl

Shirley Pohl graduated from the University of Dayton in 1957. She made extraordinary contributions in the field of clinical laboratory technology throughout her distinguished career. She served as the Managing Director of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.

Her professional affiliations included The American Society for Medical Technology and the International Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists, of which Shirley served as President from 1984 – 1986 and conducted the Congress held in Perth, Australia.

In the early 80’s she was appointed the Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organization. W.H.O is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Shirley received many professional honors as well. She was named the Outstanding Medical Technologist of the Year in the Ohio Society for Medical Technology in 1969 and 1975, the Mendelsohn Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession of Medical Technology in 1973 and 1978, and designated as the National Medical Technologist of the Year by the American Society for Medical Technology in 1975. Shirley also received the Omicron Sigma Award for Service to Professional Organizations from the American Society for Medical Technology four years in a row, 1978-1981. She received the Merz-Dade Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Medical Technology in 1982.

Shirley shared her expertise at seminars and workshops in hospital settings and professional meetings all over the world. She was a key faculty member in UD’s baccalaureate program in the Medical Technology and Master’s program in Clinical Laboratory Technology.

Shirley passed away in 1993 at the age of 58. You can visit her gravesite located at Section 8 Lot 103.

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