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CEHS Hall of Fame: 2010 Inductees

Ansley Bacon
Distinguished Alumni


Ansley Bacon received her bachelor’s degree in 1973 in psychology and her master’s degree in 1974 in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She completed her doctoral degree in 1977 in educational psychology from West Virginia University.

Dr. Bacon is the president and CEO of the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCDD). She also is the director of the Center on Disability and Health in the Graduate School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Her academic appointments include professor of practice in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, associate professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and associate professor of clinical pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at New York Medical College.

From 1978 to 1985, she served as the Director of the Mississippi University Center on Disability. In 1985, she assumed her current position with (WIHD). She has been active in the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), serving as the AUCD President in 1987-88, and co-chairing the Legislative Affairs Committee. Dr. Bacon has participated on over 25 site review teams to other university centers on disability and on several grant review panels for three federal agencies.



Edward Keller Jr. received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, botany, and economics in 1952, a master’s degree in genetics/breeding and zoology, anda doctoral degree in statistical genetics and statistics in 1961, all from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Keller worked for Penn State from 1955 to 1961 as an instructor and researcher while attending school, and was a NIH Fellow at both Penn State and University of North Carolina. From 1964 to 1968, he was an assistant professor of zoology at the University of Maryland and worked part-time at George Washington University as an advisor in undergraduate education. In 1966 to 1968, he was manager of data systems and operations for the NUS Corporation in Los Angeles, where he worked for the space program.

He came to Morgantown in 1968 as the chairman of the WVU biology department. After five years as an administrator, he became a full-time teacher/researcher who taught thousands of students and graduate students over a 40-year period and served on many graduate committees. During that time, he published over 110 research articles, abstracts, and reports and was awarded 52 governmental grants. In addition, he was important in higher science education in the state and served as the past president of the West Virginia Academy of Sciences.

His areas of research expertise included taconite pollution in Lake Superior; the ocean dumping problem in Philadelphia; EPA air and water pollution monitoring criteria; impacts of stress on bio-regeneration systems in the Apollo project; oil pollution projects for the EPA and industry; wastewater guidelines; nuclear, synfuel, and coal plant impact statements; the impact of acid mine drainage and acid mine drainage remediation; and the environmental influences in human cancer and cardiovascular mortalities and their spatial distributions in West Virginia.

Dr. Keller received many awards in his life that he held dear. Among those he was most proud of were an honorary D.Sc. from Salem College (1978); WVU Social Justice Award (1991); Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (1997); Distinguished Service Award from the National Science Teachers Association (1997); and his 2002 induction into the Hall of Fame for Persons With Disabilities for his lifetime achievements.

Dr. Keller was known as a champion for the disabled. He obtained National Science Foundation (NSF) funding and taught for several years at a unique summer program designed to expose high school juniors to the marine sciences in a laboratory setting (Wallops Island, VA), and to other students with differing disabilities than their own. This program was so successful that an award winning film was made about it. He spent his later years as a NSF expert on disabled persons in Science and Engineering and was the coordinator of the WV Dept. Education for Equity & Access Education.