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Kay Doyle, Clinical Laboratories and Nutritional Sciences




“I think of UMass Lowell as the ‘American Dream University.’”
Knowing that many students are first-generation college students putting themselves through school, Doyle – who received master’s and Ph.D. degrees from 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 know firsthand the effect that a first-class education can have on a life, on a family.”

Doyle retired after 32 years of teaching, but leaves behind a legacy for excellence – she 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.

Colleagues, friends and family recently celebrated Doyle’s retirement, raising $20,000 to establish the Kay Doyle Endowed Scholarship fund.

“I am very honored to have this scholarship in my name. We have many deserving students.”

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.