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249 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine D r. Donald R. Nash became involved in his profession simply because he found the process of immunology exciting. In the 1960s, immunology was an important subject that had resurfaced from the 1930s, and Dr. Nash wanted to be part of that research. He graduated from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts in 1961, and then he graduated from Boston College with a Master of Science in 1963. Dr. Nash received his PhD from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in 1967. Dr. Nash was a postdoctoral fellow at UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Leuven in Belgium before becoming an associate professor at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burn School of Medicine in 1970 and 1971. Dr. Nash then returned to Europe to work for the World Health Organization as a senior research scientist until 1972. From there, Dr. Nash worked for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler until his retirement in 1999. For more than two decades, Dr. Nash was an associate professor, professor, director of hybridoma core and associate director of the Center for Pulmonary Infectious Disease Control. Of Dr. Nash’s eclectic career in scientific research, he said the highlight of his career was sponsoring and developing the Center for Pulmonary Infectious Disease Control. He was able to get the University of Texas at Tyler to spearhead this department to support physicians treating tuberculosis. They were granted the permission to conduct research and gave lectures to physicians and professionals in Texas. Dr. Nash thanks his mentors who motivated and inspired him, Dr. John Schwab from UNC Chapel Hill, and Professor Joseph Heremans, who is recognized as a top professional internationally in the field. Immunology requires dedication and passion, so the advice that Dr. Nash can offer someone starting out in the field is to stick to their ideas and conduct the research, writing and studying to understand exactly what everything means. He also encourages future immunologists and bacteriologists to work with their colleagues, as two heads are better than one. DONALD R. NASH, PHD IMMUNOLOGIST, BACTERIOLOGIST University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Plymouth, MA HEALTH AND WELLNESS