Harry Crissman '62 is excited about the future of science education at LHU
"I'm proud of what's happening at Lock Haven University," shares 1962 alumnus, Dr. Harry Crissman. Crissman's career in science has led him around the word, believes that the best is yet to come for his alma mater. More than fifty years ago, a young Crissman doubted that college was the path for him. Following a stint in service, an interlude in his family's meat packing business piqued Crissman's interest in biology. Upon returning to his studies at Lock Haven State Teacher's College, Crissman took his education to its full potential, earning a Ph.D. in Zoology and Cell Biology from Penn State University.
Crissman's career in science proves the adage that an education can take you anywhere. The first place it took Crissman was Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico where he was a pioneer in the field of flow cytometry. "I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time," Crissman says of his work at the Los Alamos. His scientific work would earn him numerous accolades and awards, including a Fullbright International Scholarship. Over the years, Crissman's work took him to the Netherlands, Japan and France, among other countries.
Today, life is a bit slower for Crissman and his wife, Maelo. The couple has retired to nearby State College, Pennsylvania. But their commitment to LHU remains strong. The Crissman's believe in giving back to the institution that gave Harry his start. They established the Harry and Maelo Crissman Scholarship for Biology students from Clinton or Centre counties. "The academic programs have certainly expanded since I was a student here," Crissman says, adding, " I'm happy to see that the University's scientific capabilities continue to grow."