Dr. Kenneth E. Avis, D. Sc.
June 3, 1918 – January 28, 1999
On January 28, 1999, the life sciences community lost an advocate of contamination control and we all lost a fine gentleman. Dr. Kenneth E. Avis passed away at the age of 80 after undergoing heart surgery. I had only known him for a few years, but as many others whose life was touched by his character and his work, I will always remember him.
Dr. Avis served as Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy after his retirement from the university in 1988. He was a member of the CleanRooms Editorial Advisory Board and a past president of the Parenteral Drug Association. He was influential in setting sterile product quality controls in all facets of the life sciences. We could fill a page with the list of his awards and publications.
This extraordinary man lit many lamps of knowledge. The glow from the thousands of students and professionals who attended his classes or read his writings and are now making our world a better place is his legacy to us. — Hank Rahe, Contain-Tech, Indianapolis, and past chairman of board of the Internatioanl Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers