2009 COSAM Distinguished Alumnus


Ed Wampold

Ed WampoldEdward L. Wampold, biological sciences '53, is a member of the COSAM Dean's Leadership Council and the 2009 recipient of the COSAM Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is also the founder and co-chair of COSAM's Dean's Scholarship Golf Classic.

A Montgomery native who completed his undergraduate studies after serving in the Army during World War II and the Korean War, in 1953, Wampold joined Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation ,a Johnson and Johnson company, as a territory salesman. Quickly proving to be a valued asset to the team, he was asked to join Ortho Diagnostics, Inc. in 1959. In 1963 he became the division manager of the southern division. While working with Ortho Diagnostics, Wampold attended Syracuse University in the Marketing Executives International program and later studied marketing at Columbia University. In 1972, Wampold was promoted to general manager of the Arlington, Texas, manufacturing facility and served on the management board from 1969-1974.

In 1974, he co-founded Biological Corporation of America, a diagnostic company dedicated to immunohematology. Serving as executive vice president, Wampold helped build the company to the second largest diagnostics company in the industry. After BCA was acquired by Cooper Laboratories, Wampold served as group vice president and a member of the board of directors.

Wampold retired in 1985 but was called back to the workforce by Technimed Corporation to serve as president and CEO, and was subsequently elected to the board of directors. He resigned in 1990 and relocated to Atlanta.

Wampold is involved in numerous professional and community activities. He is an emeritus member of the American Association of Blood Banks and past director of the American Blood Commission and the American Blood Resource Association. He also serves on the Northside Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, is the former vice chair of the Fulton County Hospital Authority, past president and trustee of the Atlanta Sportsman's Club and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, to name a few.

He also remains firmly committed to the Auburn Family. He is a lifetime member of the Auburn Alumni Association and formerly served on the organization's board of directors. He was chair of the Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, recipient of the Walter Wheatley Outstanding Contribution Award and established the Auburn University/SmithKline Clinical Laboratory Work Program. He received an honorary doctorate from Auburn and he is a member of the inaugural Athletic Advisory Board. He is also a member of the All American Society, 1856 Society, Petrie Society and The President's Club.

Wampold resides in Atlanta with his wife Diane. He has three children, Troy, Tracy and Chandler, and five grandchildren, Morgan, Tanner, Carson, Lauren and Clem. Three of his grandchildren are current students at Auburn University.

Last updated: 12/18/2012