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From the Fall 2018 Edition of Discovery

Beloved Professor Leaves Enduring Legacy

College of Science Development Director Patrick Svedin recounts the legacy of Dr. Tom Bahler

Dr. Tom Bahler in his anatomy laboratory

Dr. Tom Bahler, a respected long-time professor in the USU Department of Biology, in his anatomy laboratory

Photo courtesy Mary-Ann Muffoletto

In June 2015, when I was hired as the director of development for USU’s College of Science, I had never heard of Dr. Tom Bahler. That didn’t last long. Soon after being hired, I found myself in Boston attending an academic conference. While there, I reached out to local alumni, including Dr. RJ Tesi.

Dr. Tesi was gracious enough to give of his time and visit with me. As we talked, Dr. Tesi was reminiscing about his time at USU and asked if I knew of Dr. Bahler. I was a little embarrassed to admit I hadn’t heard of him.

Professor Bahler was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of the college’s Discovery magazine.

Professor Bahler was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of the college’s Discovery magazine.

Dr. Tesi then told me of his experiences with Dr. Bahler as his professor and pre-med advisor. As he spoke, I could feel the gratitude and deep respect Dr. Tesi had for Dr. Bahler. It wouldn’t be long until I heard more of Dr. Bahler.

I soon had the opportunity to work with alums Dr. Harmon Eyre and Dr. Randy Stockham, who serve on the College of Science Advancement Board. They too spoke highly of Dr. Bahler and credit him with much of their success in medical school. They expressed a desire to raise money to name the Advanced Physiology Laboratory in the planned Life Sciences Building in Dr. Baher’s honor.

It was a privilege to work with Harmon and Randy on this initiative. I found myself talking with many other former students of Dr. Bahler and I never tired of hearing stories of this great educator and mentor. It was not uncommon to see tears in the eyes of his former students, as they shared their memories with me.

Professor Tom Bahler

Professor Tom Bahler

Photo courtesy USU Archives

Because of this experience, I felt like I came to know Dr. Bahler even though I never had the privilege of meeting him. Further, I found myself wanting to be more like him.

I’m thrilled to report that, thanks to many of our alumni, friends and the family of Dr. Bahler, we have raised our goal of $200,000 to name the beautiful, state-of-the art Dr. Thomas Bahler Physiology Laboratory.

This honor is a fitting tribute to Dr. Bahler and his legacy. To all of you who shared your memories and your means to make this possible, thank you. A special thanks to Dr. Eyre and Dr. Stockham for spearheading this initiative. We couldn’t have done it without your leadership and support.

Stay tuned for information regarding the celebration of the opening of Life Sciences Building, where we will formally name the space and thank all those who made it possible.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to be part of this initiative and would like to contribute, it’s not too late. Visit tombahler.usu.edu, and you’ll have the option to support the Dr. Thomas Bahler Physiology Laboratory or the Thomas Bahler Scholarship.

Thank you for your steadfast support and best wishes to you and yours during this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Patrick Svedin Signature

Patrick Svedin


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