The Immunohematology Education Fund was established in 2007 in honor of Ragnhild Oyen and Carol Johnson, who worked together at NYBC for over 30 years. They both started their careers as Medical Technologists in Immunohematology and inspired and educated many during their life-long careers. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage junior medical technologists to follow Rock and Carol's example and pursue a career in Immunohematology. The Fund currently supports an annual award competition and a yearly seminar.
About Ragnhild Oyen-Lopez
Rock, as she was known, was born July 7, 1941 in Trondheim, Norway. She worked in the NYBC Antibody Reference Laboratory (now known as the Laboratory of Immunohematology and Genomics) for 30 years and was the Technical Director when she retired on April 25, 2002. Rock had no formal training as a medical technologist, but she was self-motivated and largely self-taught. She grew to be a respected immunohematologist and her advice was sought not only locally, but also internationally. Rock's interest was to resolve serological problems. She was also a passionate teacher, training many technologists and physicians who currently serve as blood bank supervisors or medical directors nationwide. Rock had a warm sense of humor, was a pillar of moral and emotional strength, and epitomized good customer service and relations. She died January 11, 2007. This education fund is a tribute to her indomitable spirit.
About Carol Johnson
Carol Johnson served NYBC as Manager of Professional Education Programs. Carol shared much with Rock and was unconditionally supportive of the Rock Education Fund. She was born on August 28, 1945 in upstate New York and trained as a Medical Technologist at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Later she obtained her MT(ASCP)SBB diploma. Prior to assuming the leadership of the NYBC Department of Medical Education, she worked in the Immunohematology Reference, and Research Laboratories. She worked at NYBC for 30 years, during which time she published numerous technical and scientific papers and textbook chapters. She had a remarkable ability to explain complex concepts in an understandable manner and, thus, was a favorite with transfusion medicine students, medical technologists, and physicians alike. She was friendly, helpful, outgoing, and a team player. It was largely these traits that enabled her to help build the NYBC Transfusion Medicine Fellowship into one of the premier programs in the United States. Carol passed away on November 17, 2007. NYBC lost two invaluable and irreplaceable family members and both are sorely missed. As a tribute to these two outstanding people, the Rock Oyen Education Fund was established in January 2007 and was renamed in November 2007 to the Immunohematology Education Fund in honor of both Rock Oyen and Carol Johnson.
Please make checks payable to IH Education Fund and mail to:
New York Blood Center
PO Box 9674
Uniondale, NY 11553-9814