Kenneth R Cundy PhD, active Branch Member, dies on May 30, 2014 at age 84
Kenneth R. Cundy, PhD
Born December 22, 1929, Died May 30, 2014 at the age of 84
Kenneth R. Cundy, passed away on May 30, 2014 at the age of 84. Husband of the late Elsie M. (nee Schlachter) Cundy. Son of the late Richard and Letitia (nee Johnston) Cundy.
Ken started as an instructor at Temple Universisty School of Medicine in 1965. For many years he was Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory of Temple Hospital. In the 1970s he headed and NIH supported postdoctoral training program in clinical microbiology. He rose to become a tenured full Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and held secondary appointments in Pathology and Pediatrics. He was the School’s rugby coach and AKK-Phi Chi faculty mentor. Over the years, Dr. Cundy served Temple in many roles, including President of the Medical Faculty Senate and twice President of the University Faculty Senate. He was a longtime faculty representative on the Medical School Alumni Board. He won numerous awards for his teaching, including two Golden Apples, the Stauffer Award for Distinguished Faculty Service, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Honored Professor Award of the School of Medicine. Although he formally retired as Emeritus Professor in 1992, Dr. Cundy continued to teach microbiology to medical and dental students at Temple for a number of years.
With his wife Elsie, he was very active in the Temple Medicine community, including the Hospital Auxiliary Committee of which he was President. He and Elsie made large donations to support the school, Classroom B in Kresge Hall was renamed in the Cundy’s honor, and an endowed scholarship in their names was created as a result of their generosity.
Ken was an active participant in the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the ASM. He served on numerous committees from the early 1970’s through 2000’s, and was the Branch Alternate Councilor to ASM in 1971. He Co-Chaired several Branch symposiua including the 8th Annual Symposium “Infection Control in Health Care Facilities: Microbiological Surveillance” on November 11-12, 1976 at the Hilton Hotel on 34thStreet (aka Penn Tower), also co-chaired by William Ball and Jay Satz. A book based on the symposium was edited by Cundy and Ball and published by University Park Press. Along with Eileen Hinks and Bruce Kleger, Ken co-chaired the 19thAnnual Symposium “Infection Control: Dilemmas and Practical Solutions”, on Nov 3-4, 1988 at the Adams Mark Hotel. In 1999, he was the Branch honoree. A lecture was given by Burton W. Wilcke, Jr. PhD “Microbiology and Its Continuing Impact on Public Health” in his honor, which was followed by a Branch dinner.
Ken was a vital force in clinical microbiology in Philadelphia. His knowledge was highly respected and he worked to keep the clinical microbiology community connected and informed. He contributed much to medical education. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues and the thousands of students whose lives he touched.