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educator , cell biologist

William Barlow Neaves, American cell biologist, educator. Rockefeller Foundation fellow, 1970-1971, Milton Fund grantee, 1970-1971, Population Council grantee, 1973-1975, National Institutes of Health grantee, 1973-1989, Ford Foundation grantee, 1976-1978.


Neaves, William Barlow was born on December 25, 1943 in Spur, Texas, United States. Son of William Fred and Revvie Lee (Hefner) Neaves.


AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1966. Postgraduate, Medical School, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Medical School, 1969.


Lecturer veterinary anatomy University Nairobi, 1970-1971, visiting professor, 1978. Lecturer anatomy Harvard University, 1972. Assistant professor cell biology University Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, 1972-1974, associate professor, 1974-1977, professor, since 1977, Doris and Brian Wildenthal Professor of biomedical Science, since 1993, dean Graduate School biomedical Sciences, 1980-1988, interim dean Southwestern Medical School, 1986-1988, dean Southwestern Medical School, 1989-1998, executive vice president academy affairs, 1998—2000.

Professor medicine University Missouri, Kansas City, 1998—2000. President, Chief Executive Officer Stowers Institute Medical Research, 2000—2009, Chief Executive Officer, 2009—2010, president emeritus, since 2010. Director Cerner Corporation, Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.

Trustee Washington University. Member national council Washington University School Medicine. Research associate herpetology Los Angeles County Museum, 1970—1973.

Visiting lecturer University Chicago, 1976—1977.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor Anatomical Record, 1975-1987, member editorial board Biology of Reproduction, 1983-1986, Journal Andrology, 1987-1989. Contributor articles to professional journals.


The ultimate goal to be attained is not only to be saved from something. The purpose God has is to be saved to something.


The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.


Spiritual support, encouragement and challenge should be major strengths of a Christian community.


Board directors Dallas Zoological Society, 1989—1994, Dallas Museum Natural History, 1993—1995, Damon Runyan-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund, 1986—1992, vice president, 1990—1992. Board directors Sarnoff Endowment, since 1998. Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Member: Liaison Committee on Medical Education (joint committee of American Medical Association and Association American Medical Colleges), Society Study of Reproduction, New York Academy of Sciences, Dallas Assembly, American Society Andrology (Young Andrologist award 1986), American Association Anatomists, Alpha Omega Alpha, Sigma Xi.


Married Priscilla Wood, January 28, 1965. Children: William Barlow, Clarissa D'laine.

William Fred Neaves

Revvie Lee (Hefner) Neaves

Priscilla Wood

William Barlow Neaves

Clarissa D'laine Neaves