Alumni & Friends
Dr. Jerry Kennett, a founding member and senior partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in Columbia, MO, will be the keynote speaker at a public celebration of the 100th birthday of Wallace H. Coulter, which will be a part of the opening of the Undergraduate Scholars Forum on the Westminster College campus.
The celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, in Champ Auditorium. Coulter will be inducted into the Westminster Science Hall of Fame.
This presentation opens a day of public events for the Undergraduate Scholars Forum, a day of scholarly presentations by over 150 students from 16 different departments.
Wallace H. Coulter, who attended Westminster, invented the Coulter Counter, a method for automating the previously labor intensive process of counting and testing blood. The $30 million grant from Coulter's foundation to Westminster College, the largest in the history of the College, expanded and rebuilt the Wallace H. Coulter Science Center into an 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, inspired alumni giving, created scholarships, and made possible a "campus makeover" into the beautiful grounds enjoyed today.
Opening remarks at the celebration will be made by Sue Van, President and CEO of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.
Dr. Kennett, who is a 1969 graduate of Westminster College and a Trustee Emeritus of the Westminster Board of Trustees, will be introduced by Dr. Mike Amspoker, Westminster Professor of Biology and Cameron Day Chair.
Three Westminster students will also give their response to the commemoration. These students include seniors Andrew McHugh from Steele, MO, Rebecca Reif from Little Rock, AR and Sean Roberts from South Africa.
Other Coulter Foundation leaders in attendance will include Wayne Barlin, Vice President and General Counsel, and Gary Durack, former Coulter engineer and scientist.
Dr. Kennett has been in practice as an interventional cardiologist since 1979. He is a Past President of the Missouri State Medical Association, has served on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology and is the Chair of the Delegation to the American Medical Association. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.
In March, 2012, he was named Master of the American College of Cardiology, a national award given to no more than four cardiologists annually. Only one other Missouri physician has received this prestigious honor, which is bestowed on no more than four cardiologists annually.
Dr. Kennett is Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer at Boone Hospital Center.