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Jack Steele, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Steele has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the science industry

    ALBANY, GA, February 27, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Jack Steele, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Steele celebrates many years of 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.

Up until his retirement in 2005, Dr. Steele spent the majority of his career at Albany State University in Albany, GA. He worked as a coordinator of chemistry and physics from 1985 to 2003, a professor from 1980 until his retirement, the chairman of chemistry and physics from 1981 to 1985, an associate professor from 1975 to 1980, and an assistant professor of chemistry from 1970 to 1975. His first professional role was as a teaching intern at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, from 1968 to 1970, where he also completed postdoctoral research under the direction of Dr. Ivan Legg.

Aside from these primary positions, Dr. Steele also was a reviewer at the Journal of Chemical Education from 1985 until his retirement in 2005. Beginning in 1978, he was an extra-mural reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He also worked with the Environmental Protection Agency from 1977 to 1980. In 1967, he was a graduate research assistant for the National Science Foundation. In addition to these posts, Dr. Steele spent time at the University of Kentucky as a recitation instructor and laboratory teaching assistant from 1967 to 1968. From 1964 to 1966, he was a graduate teaching assistant in general and analytical chemistry. One year before taking on this role, he was an undergraduate laboratory assistant for general and analytical chemistry at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.

As a sixth grade student, Dr. Steele decided he wanted to pursue geology, pharmacy or chemistry professionally. However, it wasn't until Dr. John Ricketts gave a presentation at his school that Dr. Steele understood his excitement for chemistry. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1964. He continued his studies at the University of Kentucky and received a Doctor of Philosophy in 1968. Additionally, he was certified in handling controlled substances by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration at Albany State.

Civically, Dr. Steele was an active assistant starter for the state and local BMX Bike Races and the assistant den leader for the Webelos Troop Cub Scouts of America. He is also involved with the Clinical Chemistry Programs, Forensic Science Programs, and School of Nursing. However, he is most proud of his co-founding of the Southwest Georgia chapter of the American Chemical Society, where he has been a member for fifty years. He began it with Dr. A. Brad Sears when they kept approaching the national chapter in Washington, DC, and eventually they agreed to let them make a section. Dowe Carter became the first chair of that section. He was on the Schools Finance Committee for 3 years at St. Teresa's Schools and was chair for one year and wrote an accounting program with Frank Davis for the school which was adopted by many other schools in South Georgia.

A member of the Georgia Academy of Sciences, Dr. Steele was also the chairman of the Southwest Georgia section of the American Chemical Society, where he was also referred beginning in 1986. He also held membership in the Research Society of North America and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Further involvement with the American Chemical Society includes giving oral papers at regional and national meetings. Dr. Steele has contributed numerous papers in various fields to scientific journals over the years. Other achievements of his include receiving a postdoctoral appointment under Dr. J. Ivan Legg at Washington State University and writing MCAT questions for five years. In the early 1980s, he was invited to join the Internal Medicine Physicians group that met once a week between the two hospitals by Dr. Laurence T. Crimmins, MD and Thomas O. Johnson, MD.

Dr. Steele attributes his success to both Dr. Laurence T. Crimmins and Thomas Johnson in addition to his professors from the University of Kentucky Drs. Donald H. Williams, Dr. Donald E. Sands, Dr. Joseph W. Wilson and Dr. David White. In Albany, he was influenced by Dr. James A. Hotz who is known as the original and real "Doc Hollywood," Dr. Daniel J. Marton, and Dr. Thomas F. Neal Jr. who he credits for saving his life in 2014. At Culver, he was encouraged by his mentors Lt. Col. John R. Mars and Myron E. Benner. He also credits his mentors from DePauw, Drs. John A. Ricketts, Eugene P. Schwartz, Donald J. "Jack" Cook, and Russell J. Compton throughout his career. Other mentors of his include Drs. J. Ivan Legg, and Billy C. Black. He also credits his wife Carolyn (deceased) and his three children as the reasons for his success.

During his illustrious career, Dr. Steele was the grantee of the Mott Foundation in 1988, the National Institutes of Health in 1988, the Minority Schools Biomedical Support from 1972 to 1977, and the National Science Foundation from 1972 to 1973. Other accolades include the Silver Award for high grades for six-week periods at Culver Academy in his junior and senior year from 1957 to 1960, the Blue Key Honor Society Awards, and the Honor Group of Military Academy for Four Gun Drill.

Dr. Steele was the organizer and founder of the Air Force ROTC Drill Team. From 1960 to 1964, he earned the Commander Award from DePauw University and a Rector Scholar. In this same time, he won the Variety Athletic Letter and Letter Jacket Award. With the American Chemical Society, he was the vice president then president of student affiliate chapter. He started the election of the Best and Most Popular Teacher at Albany State and the University of Kentucky Foundation awarded him a Doctoral Year Fellowship. He has also been featured on television stations.

Along with five others, Dr. Steele was selected for the NSF Summer of Electrochemical Research. He recalls being elected to Faculty Senate on numerous occasions and began several degree programs. He was also given the Clinical Chemistry Recognition Award, the Outstanding Service Award, and other certified medals. Aside from his professional passions, he enjoys reading, cooking, genealogy, and traveling overseas. He has previously been featured in Who's Who in the South and Southwest three times and Who's Who of America's Teachers three times.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Jack Steele, Ph.D., has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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