A distinguished scholar and educator, Pennell C. Painter, III, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM,DLMCM, will receive the 2011 ASCP Member Excellence in Education Award posthumously. He passed away on July 26, 2011 at the age of 65. His legacy of enhancing the quality of laboratory services and improving the quality of the patient’s experience will live on, according to Norman Crowe, Vice President, Laboratory Corporation of America, Knoxville, Tenn.
This Award honors Dr. Painter for his active engagement in laboratory management, and his demonstrated skills and management strategies. He served as the Co-chairman of the ASCP Teleconference Committee in addition to teaching many educational courses for the Society.
Earning his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate’s degrees all from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Dr. Painter also pursued his career at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville (UTMCK), progressing to the position of full professor. When he retired from UTMCK in 2003, he was honored with the distinction of Professor Emeritus of Pathology, the youngest professor at the University to receive this recognition. Until March 2011, Dr. Painter was the Director of Laboratory Operations for the LabCorp Knoxville Laboratory at UTMCK.
Among his many accomplishments, he published 15 book chapters, 35 journal articles, and 32 abstracts and presented hundreds of nationally broadcast teleconferences, scientific symposium presentations, and workshops regionally, nationally, and internationally. “Teaching, performance improvement, and the patient always came first, even at the end,” Mr. Crowe said.
Outside of teaching and laboratory, Dr. Painter was an avid reader, fascinating conversationalist, and die-hard outdoorsman. He seemed to be able to discuss, debate, or enlighten his listeners on any subject—a true Renaissance man—according to Mr. Crowe.
Dr. Painter requested that “the focus on excellence in patient sample testing quality that I have worked to ingrain into the fabric of the laboratory is continued and nurtured.” To honor his request, Mr. Crowe and other colleagues are creating the Dr. Pennell C. Painter, III, Quality Award, which will be given annually to a member of the laboratory staff at UTMCK who makes a major contribution to quality improvement and furthering the laboratory’s mission.