Mr. Teague will be missed greatly
Bill T. Teague, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s founding CEO, passed away peacefully on Dec. 25.
Mr. Teague was a leader in blood banking, serving as our CEO for more than 30 years. His contributions to the fields of blood banking and transfusion medicine received well-deserved acclaim, and countless patients benefited from Mr. Teague’s professional and personal dedication to saving lives
Mr. Teague truly believed in the importance of donating blood, having given more than 54 gallons since 1975, and the employees at The Blood Center remember him as a leader who truly cared about his staff.
A native of Texas, Mr. Teague was born in Freer and raised in Abilene. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hardin-Simmons University and graduated from the University of Texas School of Blood Banking in Galveston. Additionally, Mr. Teague served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
He was active in several professional organizations associated with policymaking and accreditation in blood banking over the years. Mr. Teague served as president of both the South Central Association of Blood Banks and the American Association of Blood Banks and Treasurer of the American Blood Commission.
Mr. Teague received numerous honors during his career, including being named Administrator (now called the Bernice Hemphill Award) for the American Association of Blood Banks. He also was named the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was presented the prestigious John Stumph Award from the Houston District Society of Medical Technology and Texas Society of Medical Technology.
Additionally, in 2003, Mr. Teague was honored with the American Association of Blood Banks’ John Elliott Memorial Award for outstanding service to the AABB and the blood banking profession.
Our hearts are with Lynn Teague and the Teague family. Mr. Teague will be missed greatly, and we treasure the memories we have, as well as the legacy and wisdom he leaves behind.