Amedeo Bondi, Ph.D. (January 28, 2005)
Dr. Amedeo (“Mede”) Bondi died on January 28, 2005 of complications of cancer at the age of 92. Mede was born and raised in Springfield, MA and received his B.S. (1935) from the University of Connecticut and his M.S. (1937) from the University of Massachusetts. He then came to Philadelphia and received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 in the Department of Dr. Stuart Mudd.
Following graduation he took a position at the Temple University School of Medicine (1942-47) where he did some collaborative research with Dr. Earl Spaulding. At this time he also met his wife of 59 years, Virginia (“Ginny”) Carstens, who passed away in 1998. In 1947 he was appointed as the first Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at the then Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, a position that he held for 32 years. From 1979 until 1986 he served as the Dean of the Graduate School at then Hahnemann University. He distinguished himself as an educator, administrator and researcher.
His research interests primarily related to antimicrobic resistance mechanisms with a particular focus on methods of laboratory evaluation and measurement. He received numerous awards and honors for his dedication and service to his University and the field of clinical microbiology. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. In 1980 he was recognized by the American Society for Microbiology for his many accomplishments as the recipient of the Becton-Dickinson Award in Clinical Microbiology. In 1979, Hahnemann University bestowed on Dr. Bondi its highest honor, the Corporate Medal, for his many years of service and dedication.
Mede was also active with the Eastern PA Branch of the ASM, serving as President in 1950-51 and supported its growth and development during his career. In 1998, he was recognized as the honoree for the Distinguished Branch Member Lectureship. Dr. Bondi truly ranks as one of the pioneers in the illustrious history of microbiology in the Philadelphia area. However, above all of his scientific accomplishments, Mede is most remembered by his colleagues, former students, and friends as a “gentleman”. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and an avid golfer. Those of us who knew and worked with him will dearly miss his friendship, his caring and gentle nature and his overall love of life.