Title: Retired Quality Assurance Director
Company: Laboratory Corporation of America
Location: New Providence, New Jersey, United States
Richard White Watson Jr., PhD, Retired Quality Assurance Director at the Laboratory Corporation of America, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in microbiology and chemistry.
After graduating from high school, Dr. Watson joined the United States Army, where he was placed in the Medical Corps. While serving with the military, he contemplated entering the medical sciences and attended Cornell University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in bacteriology in 1959. Shortly thereafter, he matriculated in Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and earned a Master of Science in bacteriology and chemistry/biochemistry in 1961 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1964. Dr. Watson remained with the military until 1974, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
At the inception of his professional career in 1971, Dr. Watson served National Health Laboratories, Inc., as a laboratory director for 19 years before being promoted to quality assurance director in their Cranford, New Jersey office in 1990. Serving in that position until 1995, he was hired shortly thereafter by the Laboratory Corporation of America in Raritan, New Jersey, as a quality assurance director. He retired from his position in January 2003.
Certified as a clinical and bioanalytical laboratory director in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Dr. Watson has notably contributed myriad articles to professional journals. He co-authored “Lloyd Notes & Facts” with James B. Lloyd in 2010. Additionally, Dr. Watson has maintained affiliation with the American Society for Microbiology, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the American Association of Bioanalysts and Sigma Xi, among other prestigious organizations.
Although his career has been filled with highlights, Dr. Watson is especially proud of his experiences as a laboratory director, in which he often developed procedures for testing drug trials. Impressively, Ceiba-Geigy leveraged his laboratory for safety tests for phase III clinical trials, which helped bring drugs to the pharmaceutical market. Furthermore, Dr. Watson enjoyed working with his colleagues and other individuals in the medical field. Looking toward the future, he intends to continue enjoying his retirement while spending time with his family.
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