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Al K. DeRoy, Multidisciplinarian and Philanthropist, Lauded for Excellence in Program Development

Dr. DeRoy has two eponymous endowment funds at Franklin & Marshall College

    PITTSBURGH, PA, April 20, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Al K. DeRoy has been included in Marquis Who's Who. 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.

Dr. Al K. DeRoy has a broad background which served him well in his work at the University of Pittsburgh and as a social entrepreneur.

Dr. DeRoy holds a B.A. in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College, a Master's in Medical Sciences (equivalent) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a Ph.D. in Higher Education (with an emphasis on medical education) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Dr. DeRoy began his career as a Graduate Student Assistant in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, working his way up to Senior Research Associate and Associate Director of Research Development in the University's Office of Research. Along the way he became known for his work in project, program, and proposal development, particularly in the development of inter- and multidisciplinary programs and centers, and for writing successful proposals to fund them. Among these are the University of Pittsburgh's DHHS-funded Western Pennsylvania Gerontology Center and DHHS-funded Long-Term Care Gerontology Center, and the EPA-funded Environmental Epidemiology Center housed in the University's Graduate School of Public Health. His proudest accomplishment was being the principal planner of the University of Pittsburgh Honors Program and the author of the UHP planning proposal. The UHP evolved into the University of Pittsburgh Honors College.

Dr. DeRoy secured federal funding that launched the Health Instruments File project. Later the project moved to the private sector and became Biomedical Measurement Database Services, BMDS, which operates an international database on health and psychosocial instruments (e.g., questionnaires, tests, and interview schedules), HaPI, and publishes an occasional newsletter, the Behavioral Measurement Letter.

A skilled writer and editor, Dr. DeRoy was Editor of the Behavioral Measurement Letter; Assistant Editor of the Historical Series of the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives, 1943-50 (8 vols.); Assistant Editor for the Middle East and Africa of the Historical Series of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, 1951-56 (10 vols.); and Assistant Editor for the Middle East and Africa, Historical Series of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, 1957-60 (6 vols.). Dr. DeRoy's most notable publications are The Autopsy as a Teaching-Learning Tool for Medical Undergraduates in the Journal of Medical Education, December 1976; and with others, Chapter 1 in Hsu, L.K. George and Michael Hersen (Eds.). Research in Psychiatry: Issues, Strategies, and Methods, 1992.

Among Dr. DeRoy's consulting clients was a small, unfunded drug and alcohol agency, Pittsburgh Recovery Systems. Eventually PRS closed due to lack of financial support. However, the co-director of PRS, Rev. Marcus W. Harvey, moved on to co-found, with Dr. DeRoy who had earlier retired from the University of Pittsburgh, a drug and alcohol agency, Strength, Inc, in Wilkinsburg, PA. Based on their prior experience with PRS and Strength, Dr. DeRoy and Rev. Harvey developed and wrote a paper on The Community-Based Drug and Alcohol Center Concept.

Dr. DeRoy is also a philanthropist. He donates thousands each year, primarily to animal welfare organizations and other charities as well. Among his large-scale donations are gifts he made to Temple David (Monroeville, PA) which were used to purchase Haggadot and new sets of High Holiday prayer books for the congregation, funding for the Patricia K. and Ralph L. DeRoy Archive at the Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, and substantial endowment funding for the Dr. Al K. DeRoy Endowed Judaic Scholar/Artist in Residence Fund and the Al K. DeRoy, Ph.D., M.P.A., Class of 1970, Endowed Animal Welfare Fund at Franklin & Marshall College.

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