Dawn Berry Moreau
Dawn has worked tirelessly for TABB for many years. She has served on TABB board as well as acting as TABB President. She has continued to help others plan TABB spring meeting and has been a sounding board for others offering suggestions and advice when needed. Dawn represents what an active TABB member should be and promotes blood banking in Tennessee.
~ Chattanooga TN
Below is a lists of previous Recipients.
Nominations due prior to
annual Spring Meeting.
DEADLINE: February 16
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"Form - TABB Diggs Award Nomination"
A Portrait of Dr. L. W. Diggs
by Ann Bell
The outstanding medical career of Dr. Lemuel Whitley Diggs began in 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee, when he joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee as Assistant Professor of Pathology. His main duties consisted of supervising the clinical laboratories,
including the transfusion.
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The most prestigious award given by the Tennessee Association of Blood Banks
is the Diggs Award, named for the late
Lemuel W. Diggs, M.D.
The award is given annually at the
spring meeting of the Association.
Dr. Diggs filtering blood
through gauze into a Kelly flask held by
Ms. Alice Jean Keith. 1938.
The needle was inserted from above downward in order to “meet the blood head on.” The first ten bloods that were collected and refrigerated were grossly contaminated with bacteria and could not be used.
This experience immediately led to the adoption of a closed system of collection.
To remove fibrin clots the blood was filtered through multiple layers of cotton gauze, spread over a funnel, into a Kelly flask.