Lois F. Nellis '46
Professor Emerita of Biology
Lois F. Nellis '46, professor emerita of biology, is a widely published expert on bacteria and microbiology who has earned a number of grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health and other prominent research organizations. A biology and chemistry major, Nellis graduated from William Smith, cum laude with Honors, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon Pi Sigma and Phi Sigma Iota in science and modern languages. She was involved with William Smith Congress and Schola Cantorum. She went on to earn her M.A. from Smith College in bacteriology and public health, and her Ph.D. from Purdue University in microbiology. A member of the American Society of Microbiologists, Nellis taught at the Colleges from 1948 to 1995. Deeply involved in faculty committees, local organizations and professional organizations, Nellis was recognized by William Smith in 1963 for excellence in her fields and for her loyalty and service to her alma mater.
A devoted scientist who also put "her life and energy into teaching" and was "outstanding in the lab," Nellis was nominated by former students who fondly acknowledged her "ability to break complex ideas into simple blocks for learning" and her "enthusiasm in teaching style."