Retired Program Manager, Division of Environmental Health, Virginia State Department
of Health in Fairfax County, Virginia
Question: How did your education prepare you for the real world?
I was lucky and owe a lot to Dr. Lamb who took me under his wing as my factuality
advisor. The last quarter of my Education was the summer quarter of 1960 when was
enrolled In the Environmental Health which included students from local health departments
from Tennessee and South Carolina with instructors from ETSU, the USPHS and the Tennessee
State Health Department. This was great field experiences and prepared me for my 38
years as an Environmental Health Specialists.
Question: What is something you wish you had known when you were a student?
I was very fortunate that I had 4 years experience as an engineering officer aboard
the USS Hickox DD673 in Korea. I was pretty sure when I returned to ETSU in 1957 that
I was going to pursue a career in Environmental Health.
Past President of the National Environmental Health Association.* As president was
a member of the First Public Health Team who received an invitation to visit Chernobyl
and participate in an Environmental Health Conference. In Moscow.
Past President of the National Capital Area Environmental Health Association.
Past President of the Virginia Environmental Health Association.
Past President of the Virginia Public Health Association.
Past President of the Falls Church Kiwanis Club.
Past Exalted Ruler of the Arlington- Fairfax ELKS Lodge
Past Secretary of the Virginia Elks Association.
In 1998 selected as the Elk of the Year from the Grand Lodge as a volunteer at the
VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
In 1985 Received the Award for the Environmental Health Specialist of the year from
the Virginia Environmental Health Association.
In 1988 Received the Jerrold M. Michael Award for Recognition of his Dedicated Service
to Environmental Health
In 1983 Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Environmental Health Association.
1992 Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Public Health Association.
National Capital Area Environmental Health Association in Recognition for over 30
years of outstanding service.
*Other Presidents of NEHA who were graduates of ETSU include:
1974-1975: Dr. Monroe T. Morgan, RE, PH
1982-1983: Dr. Trenton G. Davis
1984-1985: Richard K. Rowe
1991-1992: Leonard Rice
1998-1999: Ginger Gist, PhD
2006-2007: Capt. Richard F. Collins, MSEH, RS, DAAS, CAPT, USPHS