Richard B. Passey Lectureship

An OU pathology faculty member since 1977, Dr. Richard B. Passey earned his doctorate in biochemistry from Colorado State University and taught at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Kentucky before coming to OU.  Dr. Passey, who was promoted to full professor of pathology in 1984, also directs the Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Microbiology laboratories.  His areas of special interest focus on regulations pertaining to laboratory operation and methods verification.  He has written extensively on the implementation of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments standards in laboratories, and he serves as a consultant on laboratory accreditation.

Dr. Passey is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society for Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published widely, served on countless professional and education committees, and has presented papers and speeches at numerous conferences.  He is an eight-time recipient of the AACC Outstanding Speaker Award.

It is a testament to the great affection and respect in which Dr. Passey is held that he has received both the OU Department of Pathology's first "Unsung Hero Award" in 1987 and its Richard W. Leech Teaching Award in 1997.  These two special honors, presented by the Department of Pathology's housestaff, recognize faculty who go "beyond the call of duty" in teaching and mentoring and who show "selfless dedication and enthusiasm as a physician and scientist in pursuit of excellence."

Richard B. Passey Lectureship on
Clinical Laboratory Quality, Standardization, and Compliance

A conference dedicated to the career efforts of Dr. Richard B. Passey, a scientist who devoted his career to the continuous improvement of quality and clinical laboratory testing through:

  1. his many contributions to the development of laboratory standards through work with NCCLS and American Association for Clinical Chemistry
  2. his efforts to develop criteria to insure that laboratories are appropriately staffed through his work with the College of American Pathologists Workload Recording Program,
  3. his efforts to insure laboratory compliance with regulatory quality control requirements (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act, 1988, CLIA 88), and
  4. his roles as teacher, mentor, and colleague to all of us who were fortunate enough to know and work with Dr. Passey.

Ways to Give

  • Cash Gifts or Pledges: A gift of cash (or a pledge over time) is the most immediate way to benefit the lectureship.   Checks should be made payable to "The University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc."

  • Securities: Appreciated paper holdings, such as stocks, bonds or certificates of deposit, may be given.   The Foundation may manage or liquidate the securities to achieve your goal
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  • Gifts of Property: These gifts may include residences, farmland or commercial property.
  • Memorials: A gift may be made or fund established to honor or memorialize a loved one, friend or mentor.
  • Matching Gifts: Many corporations match employee gifts.  Consult your personnel office to determine if your employer offers such a program.
  • Deferred or Planned Gifts: The most frequent form of long-term gift is a bequest in a will.  Also, life insurance and charitable remainder trusts are options donors find useful in achieving their wishes.

The Power of Private Gifts

Private gifts play an important role in the College of Medicine's ability to provide the best education possible to its students and to conduct research and outreach.  Private gifts advance faculty and student excellence through endowed faculty positions and scholarship and fellowship support.  Such gifts also help keep the College at the forefront of technology through support of facilities and equipment.

Endowed positions strengthen the future of the Department of Pathology by maximizing the Department's ability to recruit outstanding researchers, clinicians and teachers.  Those who give to establish endowed faculty positions will see their gifts doubled through the Oklahoma State Regents' Endowment Program, which matches private funds dollar for dollar for these positions.

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