Biology Major Receives Bayless Scholarship

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 29 2007

CONTACT: Kati Whittaker, Director of Alumni Affairs II

Biology Major Receives Bayless Scholarship

Athens, W.Va. – Laura Canton, a biology major from Bel Air, Md., was awarded the Laurence E. Bayless Excellence in Field Biology Scholarship. The scholarship was presented to Ms. Canton by Robert “Bob” Carter, a former student of Professor Bayless.

Laurence E. Bayless was a highly respected and distinguished professor who taught at Concord University for 34 years and retired in 2000. Remembered for his love of field biology, Dr. Bayless taught Appalachian biogeography, ecology and field methods, marine biology, herpetology, developmental biology, ornithology, and general biology.

Ms. Canton noted her appreciation by saying, “I am very happy to be receiving this scholarship in honor of such a great professor.”

Concord University President, Dr. Jerry Beasley, noted that, “The Division of Natural Sciences established the Laurence E. Bayless Excellence in Field Biology Scholarship in memory of Prof. Bayless. His former students have been actively involved in the creation of the fund, and we are fortunate to have this loyal cadre of students. Their work and support benefits bright students like Laura.”

Concord alumnus, Mr. Robert “Bob” Carter, class of 1983, presented the scholarship award. “I’d stand this department against any in this country,” he noted. “Prof. Bayless was a ‘doctor of many-ologies.’”

Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Darla Wise, said that, “Our current students are very familiar with Dr. Bayless’ work, but may not realize this: He illustrated both the biology 101 and 102 laboratory manuals used in the courses.”

“The Alumni Association is still accepting gifts,” stated Director of Alumni Affairs II, Ms. Kati Whittaker.

Donations may be made to the scholarship via mail to the Concord University Alumni Association, Campus Box 83, P.O. Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712-1000. Please note your designation to the Bayless Scholarship on all donations.

For more information, contact the Concord University Alumni Association, 1-304-384-5348, 1-304-384-6056 or


PHOTO: Dr. Darla Wise, Mr. Robert “Bob” Carter, Ms. Laura Canton, Dr. Jerry Beasley, Ms. Kati Whittaker