In Memoriam

B. Laurel Elder, Ph.D.

Vital Signs ยป Fall 2014
B. Laurel Elder

B. Laurel Elder, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Pathology, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2014.

Elder was an esteemed teacher, researcher, laboratory clinician, and chair of the Institutional Review Board at Wright State University. She came to Wright State in 1986 to serve as an adjunct associate professor of microbiology and immunology. She was named associate professor in the Departments of Pathology and Internal Medicine in 2005.

In addition to her impressive list of published research, Dr. Elder had an extensive record of service to the university, her profession, and her community. She served on the Step 1 Microbiology Committee for the National Board of Medical Examiners since 2011, the B1 Curriculum Committee in the medical school since 2005, and as chair of the committee from 2010-2012. She also provided invaluable service as a member of the Wright State University Institutional Review Board since 1989 and as its chair since 2005.

She was beloved as a teacher by her students at the medical school and was honored by them with the Teaching Excellence Award in 2010, 2009, 2004, and 1998.

She was a member of the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology.

Elder earned her Ph.D. in medical microbiology from the University of Vermont and was a postdoctoral fellow in clinical and public health microbiology at the Mayo Clinic. She was certified as a Diplomate in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology by the American Board of Medical Microbiology and as a medical technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

She also served as an elder at Sugarcreek Presbyterian Church and vicemoderator of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

The B. Laurel Elder Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor her contributions to the medical school and her commitment to improving health care in developing countries. The fund will award scholarships to fourthyear Wright State medical students who have completed requirements for the global health certificate and have significant financial need. Donations may be made to the Wright State University Foundation. For more information, contact Angela Clements in the advancement office (

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