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Dr. Richard W. St. Clair held a long tenure spanning over four decades at the School of Medicine of Wake Forest University.

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC, February 26, 2019 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Richard W. St. Clair, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. St. Clair celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

An expert on the mechanisms that control the progression and regression of atherosclerosis, Dr. St. Clair held a long tenure spanning over four decades at the School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. He initially came to Wake Forest in 1965 on an NIH postdoctoral fellowship and in 1967 was appointed to the faculty as an assistant professor in the department of pathology. He was promoted to associate professor in 1971, and professor in 1976. From 1970-1975 Dr. St. Clair was an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association. In 1976 he was named Associate Director of the school's newly awarded Specialized Center of Research on Arteriosclerosis, a position he held until 1988 when he was appointed the Center's Director, a position he held until 1991. From 1998-2005 he was Head of the Section on Comparative Medicine. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 2008. Although he no longer has an active research program, he continues to serve the medical school by giving lectures on atherosclerosis to medical students and graduate students, and by mentoring graduate students. Dr. St. Clair is particularly proud of the role he played in providing research training opportunities for medical students during his 25 years as Director of the Medical Student Research Program, and the NIH Medical Student Training Grant that supported it, and for the 30 years (1975-2005) he served as Director of the Cardiovascular Pathology Training Program that supported graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Cardiovascular Pathology Research Program.

While playing football throughout his college career, Dr. St. Clair earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Nutrition from Colorado State University in 1962, after which he entered graduate school there in the Physiology Department. Following completion of the Ph.D. in 1965, he went on to the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, with the support of an NIH postdoctoral fellowship, and completed two years of research on changes in lipid metabolism in the arterial wall associated with development of atherosclerosis. In the early 1980s, when evidence began to emerge of a pivotal role for macrophages in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, Dr. St. Clair wanted to learn more about the basic biology of macrophages. He applied for and received a Fogarty International Fellowship from the NIH to spend 1985-1986 at the Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford, England with Dr. Siamon Gordon. Upon his return to Wake Forest, he was able to apply what he had learned to his ongoing and future studies on macrophages from atherosclerosis-susceptible White Carneau and atherosclerosis-resistant Show Racer pigeons.

Over the course of his career, Dr. St. Clair has been involved in a large number of university committees and civic causes, notably the YMCA, and has been on the editorial boards of at least five professional journals, including The Journal of Lipid Research, Atherosclerosis, and Current Opinion in Lipidology. Through working as part of a multidisciplinary team of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, he has helped to illuminate the cellular and biochemical changes in the arterial wall responsible for the accumulation of cholesterol as atherosclerosis develops, and its loss when atherosclerotic plaques are made to regress.

One of the ways Dr. St. Clair has given back to the scientific community during the past 30 years, is as a reviewer of research grants, program project grants, and training grants, for the NIH, the American Heart Association, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and locally, as Chairman of the Medical School's Intramural Research Committee. To honor his accomplishments, he has been recognized by various science-related associations that include the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology of the American Heart Association and the North Carolina Heart Association. He is listed in the seventh edition of Who's Who in American Education and the 58th edition of Who's Who in America.

Dr. St. Clair and his wife Jeannie St. Clair, Ed.D., a retired middle school teacher, have two sons and eight grandchildren.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. St. Clair has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.

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