Pioneer, Scientist, Teacher Kay Doyle Retires

$20K Raised for Student Scholarships

Kay Doyle is retiring after a 32-year career at UMass Lowell.

Kay Doyle is retiring after a 32-year career at UMass Lowell.

05/21/2012
By Karen Angelo

Prof. Kay Doyle’s passion for the success of her students has never wavered, even after 32 years of teaching. And now, true to form, she has turned her retirement celebration into an opportunity to support students by giving the gift of education. 

Doyle’s celebration on May 9 attracted more than 130 colleagues, friends and family members who recognized Doyle’s legacy as a pioneer, scientist and teacher. The event raised $20,000 for the new Kay Doyle Endowed Scholarship Fund – $10,000 was raised from tickets sales and $10,000 from a University match. The goal is to raise $25,000. 

“You are a pioneer in your field,” said Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, in remarks at the event. “This scholarship is a testament to all that you’ve accomplished – you are a role model for students and for all of us. You work tirelessly in the local community helping others and on the national level creating high standards for the profession of medical laboratory scientists.” 

Knowing that many students put themselves through school and are first-generation college students, Doyle – who received master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University in 1977 and 1986, respectively – was always driven to help them succeed. 

“I think of UMass Lowell as the ‘American Dream University,’” said Doyle, professor and program director of the Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences Department. “I am very honored to have this scholarship in my name. We have many deserving students. I know firsthand the effect that a first-class education can have on a life, on a family.” 

Doyle has dedicated her career to creating the best medical laboratory science program in the country. As director of the program, she has continuously garnered support from 18 medical laboratories to provide rotations for students. She also led the accreditation of the program in 2010, receiving a perfect score from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. 

“Kay is a medical science leader,” said Shortie McKinney, dean of the School of Health and Environment. “She has raised the bar again and again, never settling for second best. Because of her leadership and drive, our program will maintain its high-quality standing.” 

Doyle expressed her appreciation to everyone who has supported her over her long career at the University. 

She said: “I will never forget my time here and I will never forget you. Thank you for making this a great career and a great life.” 

Influence at UMass Lowell and Beyond 

As a scientist and global leader within the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Doyle participates in the certification of medical laboratory professionals in this country and extends standards for laboratory medicine across the world. 

The ASCP is the oldest, largest and most influential professional organization in laboratory medicine in the United States. Doyle has been part of an international effort to extend the ASPC’s standards of excellence for laboratory medicine to South Korea, Panama, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and Guyana, with many more to come. 

Doyle has served on the board of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation for more than a decade. Her leadership helped the Foundation’s assets grow from zero to about $20 million, with about 200 community endowments in its portfolio. Through its grant programs, more than $3.5 million has been distributed to nonprofit organizations since 1997. She has won many awards over the years, including the 2009 UMass President’s Public Service award, which honors faculty members who have provided exemplary public service to the Commonwealth. 

Both Doyle and her husband received undergraduate degrees at UMass Amherst, as did their two daughters.