Dr. Laurie Elder


Dr. Laurie Elder has passed away. Laurie went to Cambodia in 2012 and shared her great gift for teaching and her years of bench experience in diagnostic microbiology with Cambodian lab staff in Phnom Penh and Battambang. Laurie was eagerly planning to return to Cambodia again this year. And we were looking forward to a study she was planning on the impact on patient care in the hospitals with diagnostic microbiology labs DMDP supports. Sadly, that is not to be. We have lost a friend and a great clinical microbiologist way too early.
Laurie’s sister, Dr. Nancy Elder, writes, “Laurie was an esteemed teacher, researcher, laboratory clinician and IRB chair at Wright State University. She was also an Elder at Sugarcreek Presbyterian Church and vice-moderator of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. She was a singer who never stopped, in choir, at home and even with her students (bugs and germs via original songs by Laurie). Most importantly, she was beloved of God, and she is now Home from her wandering“.

Dr. Laurie Elder and laboratory staff in the microbiology lab in the Battambang Provincial Hospital in October 2012

Dr. Laurie Elder and laboratory staff in the microbiology lab in the Battambang Provincial Hospital in October 2012

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