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Tara A. Snethen, CAE, CMP
Senior Director of Meetings & Society Services
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The Robert E. Stowell Endowment Fund

Robert E Stowell Endownment Fund

Robert E Stowell

Robert E. Stowell
(1914 - 2011)

Dr. Robert E. Stowell was the founding chair of the Department of Pathology at the UC Davis School of Medicine, a longtime member of ASIP, and an internationally renowned pathologist and educator.

During his 60-year career, Stowell also served as the founding member of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) and as scientific director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), a global resource for disease diagnosis and analysis, which housed almost 100 million tissue samples. (AFIP closed in 2011 due to government cost-cutting initiatives.) In 1971, Dr. Stowell served as the president of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (AAPB)*.

Dr. Stowell received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1936, his MD from Stanford Medical School in 1941, and his PhD in pathology from Washington University in 1944.

In 1990 Dr. Stowell received the ASIP Gold-Headed Cane Award, the nation's highest award in pathology.

The Robert E. Stowell Endowment Fund has supported the popular Trends in Experimental Pathology lectures at the ASIP Annual Meetings each year since 1990.


* ASIP traces its earliest beginnings to the Boston Society of Medical Sciences that was begun in 1869 by a group of faculty from Harvard Medical School. In 1901 the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (AAPB) was established. In 1976 the AAPB and the American Society for Experimental Pathology joined to form ASIP.