Bruce Kleger, DrPH was honored at the 5th Annual Distinguished Branch Member Lectureship on Monday, August 17, 2000 in Philadelphia.  Andre Welman, MD,  Epidemiologist in the Division of Communicable Disease Epidemiology,  PA Department of Health,   gave the Distinguished Branch Lecture in honor for Dr Kleger.  

Dr Kleger was born and raised in Philadelphia and rode the subway to Temple University where he received a BA degree in 1960.  Upon graudation, he went to work as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr Morton Klein at Temple.  After sitting in with the medical students in the microbiology lectures delivered by two past Distinguised Member Awardees,  Dr Earle H Spaulding and Dr Kenneth R Cundy, as well as the inspiring lectures by Dr Klein, he decided to enter graduate school at Temple University School of Medicine in 1965.  In the audience during one of his seminar presentations was Dr James E Prier,  Director of the PA State Public Health Laboratory, who offered Dr Kleger a job at the State Laboratory.   Dr. Kleger went to work as a microbiologist and worked on the then hot-topic of the relationship between herpes simplex infection and cervical cancer.   In 1970,  Dr Kleger enrolled in the University of North Carolina School of Public Health where he earned a MPH in 1971 and Doctor of Public Health in 1973.   Dr Kleger returned to the State Laboratory and eventually was appointed as Laboratory Director in 1993.  Dr Kleger’s long association with the EPAASM began in the late 70’s and he served as Chair of the Finance, Publicity and Membership committees,  as Councilor, as Treasurer, and on the Symposium Committee.  Dr Kleger was also active in the APHL whiere is was Chairman of the Training and Education Committee and a member of the Annual Planning Conference committee.  He was a member of the ASM/NCID Streering Committee for Postdoctoral Research.   Dr Kleger was an Adjunct Professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.   He served as Chairman of the Chester County State Employees Combined Appeal, which raises money for many charities.   Dr Kleger was married in 1990 to Kessie Spector, a social worker,  and has three children, Brian, Belle and Bradley and stepson Andrew.

(extract from the program of the 5th annual Distinguished Branch Member Lectureship)