In Memoriam: Reddick (Mitchum), Anne


Anne Reddick (Mitchum) died suddenly on August 16, 2019. She was 81 years old.

Dr. Reddick spent her entire professional life in the South Carolina public health laboratory and was an active member of the American Society for Microbiology throughout her professional career. She made significant contributions to various aspects of medical microbiology.

Anne Reddick was born in Waynesboro, Georgia in 1937. She attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia graduating magna cum laude. She graduated from Emory University Hospital School of Medical technology, Atlanta as a registered medical technologist. She later attended the Medical College of Georgia where she received her Master and Doctorate degrees in medical microbiology. After a two year post doctoral fellowship at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) she joined the State Laboratory at the South Carolina Department of Health as the Director of the Microbiology Division in 1970.  

When the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)was implemented, she established and directed the Division of Laboratory Improvement which included training and proficiency testing (PT)  This successful program was offered to all clinical laboratories in South Carolina. Her expertise in medical microbiology was shared with medical students as a visiting lecturer in Microbiology at the Medical School at the University of South Carolina. 

Dr. Reddick served on the ASM Board of Education and Training from 1979-1985 as chair of the Continuing Education Committee. She was a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

She retired in 1998 after 28 years of service. Anne is survived by Robert D. Mitchum her husband of 49 years.

She was an esteemed colleague and friend.

Submitted By:
Art Di Salvo, 9/17/19