At the November 30, MSRC house meeting, Al Moss let the house know that Homer Engert passed away on November 18, 2018.
The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation has set up a Respiratory Care Scholarship honoring Homer. Homer Engert was truly a legend in Respiratory Care. Homer was instrumental in the development of respiratory therapy at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. The program that is currently at Kalamazoo Valley Community College was started as a hospital-based program in the early 1970’s through Bronson and Borgess Hospitals. Homer was the original program director of this Hospital-Based Program. The program transitioned to KVCC in 1977.
Homer’s registry number was in the double digits. He served the MSRC as President, AARC delegate and numerous other professional roles. Homer was an avid sputum bowler. He was on the Michigan team that won the 1992 National sputum bowl. I believe this was the first of many wins for Michigan Based teams. Homer led licensure efforts in Michigan in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Homer was the department director at Bronson in Kalamazoo for many years. After serving at Bronson, he directed the department at St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Rapids. Homer was brilliant but humble. Homer was a consummate educator. He returned to his education roots providing in-services to therapists as a clinical specialist with Maquet until he retired. Homer lead, educated and inspired innumerable therapists, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers.
He was a mentor to many current and past leaders of the profession. Please consider honoring Homer’s legacy by contributing to the Homer Engert Memorial Scholarship.
You can mail a check to the KVCC Foundation, with a note in the memo line that the funds are for the Homer Engert Memorial Scholarship.
The address is:
PO Box 4070
6767 West O Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070
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