2013 Alumni Merit Award Recipient - Peggy Edwards '68


Peggy Ann Edwards, M.A., M.T., graduated from the Doisy College of Health Sciences in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in medical technology. She later continued her education at Saint Louis University by obtaining a Master of Arts in education in 1977.

Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Edwards began her career as a medical technologist in the microbiology laboratory of The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Six years later she returned to Saint Louis University as an instructor in the department of medical technology, now the department of clinical laboratory science. Throughout her career at SLU, she progressed from an instructor (3 years), to assistant professor (13 years), to chair of the department of clinical lab science (14 years) and finally to assistant dean for administrative and student affairs (2 years) until she retired in 2006.

Peggy Ann Edwards, M.A., M.T.

In 1990, she received the Teacher of the Year Award for the School of Allied Health Professionals and was also awarded a Certificate of Leadership at the 1990 Leader Lunch given by YWCA of St. Louis. In 2006, she was named a Saint Louis University Woman of the Year.  

Edwards served as a trainer for the Teaching Improvement Project System for over 15 years and was invited to be a speaker on the subject on various occasions. She was invited to speak at 28 different professional meetings, published three peer reviewed scientific journal articles, two abstracts and one web-based publication. Her academic excellence earned her induction into Alpha Eta Honor Society, the national scholastic honor society for the allied health professions.

Edwards was very active in the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science as well as the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. She held professional certification in both major certifying bodies for laboratory science; the American Society for Clinical Pathology and NAACLS. She has held membership in four different professional organizations and has maintained membership in ASCLS from 1975 until present.

She served as a consultant for the laboratory educational program at Marquette University. During this project she served as an accreditation reviewer and site visitor on four separate occasions.
Peggy Edwards has established herself as an exceptional educator in the health care community and an exceptional member of the SLU community.