Dr. Carl B. Fliermans - 1991 A Award Recipient

Bio from 1991

Among the Asbury family is a graduate worthy of our special recognition.  This Illinois native has honored his alma mater with a life of integrity and a career of monumental accomplishment.  We stand in awe of a giant, tall among his peers as a research scientist.

A pre-med degree from Asbury College led not to medical college but to graduate studies at the University of Kentucky.  His research with fungi that produce the disease histoplasmosis in animals and human beings launched an illustrious career as a research scientist.  A Ph.D. from Indiana University in Microbiology, Limnology, and Ecology stands as a prologue to his research based along the Savannah River.

Inquiry has taken him to the hot spots of Yellowstone National Park, the marshes of Georgia swamps, and the depths below the ocean floor.   Probing about in the world of microbiology has brought forth numerous accolades from the scientific community. 

Some time ago Dr. Carl Flierman, with his colleagues, isolated the Legionnaire's Disease bacterium which had afflicted numerous delegates to a Philadelphia Convention of the American Legion.  Soon, he was to be appointed special consultant to the Federal Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.

We honor a man tonight whose research touches the quality of life for many.  Of 70 published papers, note the broad spectrum of these professional journals:   

  • Health Physics
  • Journal of Wildlife Disease
  • International Journal of Speleology
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Transactions of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
  • Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials    

We salute a graduate whose careful inquiry will make safer the air flowing from the cooling system of this building, the spray mist on fresh vegetables in your foodmarket, the streams and rivers which receive water from a nuclear reactor cooling tower, and the land threatened by hazardous materials.

We salute this Asburian whose patents with the Department of Energy and whose privately and publically funded projects are making our world a cleaner, healthier place to live.   To honor this distinguished scientist, we too must use scientific procedure-isolate the cause for such accomplishment.

We are told that pastors seek his counsel.  They come to him for prayer support.  A colleague and church leader claims he "knows of no one who embraces the principles of the Christian faith on a daily basis more devoutly" than this 1966 graduate.  He is seen as ruling elder in his local Presbyterian Church, Bible teacher in Sunday School, and a member of the scientific advisory board for the Institute for Creation Research and Biblical Studies.  At the heart of all his research, is a faith in the Creator of the universe.

For his church in Augusta, Georgia, he is a role model; as father to four children—the oldest an Asburian, and husband to his college sweetheart, Ruth Ann Horstman.


Other 1991 A Award Recipients:

Mrs. Madeline Kelso '30 Dennis

Rev. Russell Williams '66
Rev. Clarence Yates '41