College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Professor of Physiology Emeritus Duane Foley, PhD, who retired in July 2018, taught diverse subjects in medical physiology to COMP students for more than 34 years and more recently to dental medicine, podiatric medicine and optometry students.
During his tenure, Foley was the go-to person in the physiology discipline for investigating medical physiology curricula and for searching, preparing and recommending changes for COMP’s future physiology curriculum. He also helped set the physiology faculty teaching goals, hire new physiology faculty, and evaluate faculty-teaching performance.
“Professor Foley’s dedication and professionalism are exemplified by his teaching and service for the Department of Basic Medical Sciences (BMS), COMP, WesternU and the community as a whole,” said COMP Associate Dean for BMS and Research Nissar A. Darmani, PhD. “His enthusiasm for learning, dedication to students, his expertise in medical physiology and his likable personality were immediately apparent from his in-person and video-captured lectures.”
Foley obtained his PhD in physiology in 1975 from the University of California, Davis. He earned a two-year NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, and subsequently was promoted to research associate. He then accepted his first faculty position as assistant professor of physiology at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
In 1984, “he became a pioneer and moved to Pomona to develop and promote COMP as the voice of osteopathic medicine in California,” Darmani said.
Foley served on many committees. He was Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee; Vice Chair and member of the Admissions Committee from 1986 to 2014; member of the Student Performance Committee; member of WesternU’s Financial Aid Committee and Chair of the Financial Aid sub-Committee; member of the Awards Committee; member of the Self-Study Committee for WASC and AOA accreditation, and a member of the Library Committee.