The world of microbiology has lost a dear and sweet friend. Paul Schreckenberger, Ph.D. passed away suddenly on November 29th and will be greatly missed by microbiologists the world over.
One of the many activities for which Paul was known was his wonderfully informative and practical microbiology seminars that were sponsored by Hardy Diagnostics. All of us are forever indebted to Paul for the knowledge he so freely shared with the microbiology community.
Dr. Schreckenberger completed his basic training in Clinical Laboratory Science at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY and earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois Chicago. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. At the time of his passing, Dr. Schreckenberger was Professor of Pathology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining the team at Loyola, he spent 16 years as the Director of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center. Over the course of his career, Dr. Schreckenberger published over 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored the well-known Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. Dr. Schreckenberger frequently shared his knowledge and mentorship with microbiologists throughout the world through presentations and workshops, including an annual workshop sponsored by Hardy Diagnostics.
In his off time, Dr. Schreckenberger greatly enjoyed playing his guitar, singing, and playing racquetball. He also cherished his summers at their lake home on the western shores of Lake Michigan.
As accomplished and sought out as Dr. Schreckenberger was throughout the profession of microbiology, he always maintained an unflappable persona and was one of the kindest and genuinely nice people one could ever meet. He always made time to answer question upon question from laboratorians eager for his input. His seminars the world over are legendary in their relevance and in his delivery. Many of those who attended Dr. Schreckenberger’s programs referred to him as a “rock star”. He was all that and then some.
Dr. Schreckenberger is survived by his devoted wife, Ann, and their son, Adam.
written by Bill Carlson, Regional Territory Manager at Hardy Diagnostics