Dr. William Kenneth Poole (1939 - 2013)

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Dr. William Kenneth Poole

Dr. William Kenneth Poole, age 73, passed away on April 6, 2013 at his home in Rougemont, NC.

He was born April 9, 1939 in Clarksville, TN to the late James William and Lucille Atkins Poole. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Leone Poole Wade; brother, Michael A. Poole.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Poole of the home; brother, Dennis Ray (Paulette) Poole of Pleasant View, TN, Shelby Jean Inman of Fayetteville, NC; his 3 children, Victor Kenneth (Grace) Poole of Raleigh, NC, Melissa Poole Rhodes of High Point, NC, Carlton Adkins (Laramie) Poole of Charlotte, NC; 4 grandchildren, Trevor Oren Rhodes of Boone, NC, Ashlyn Grace Rhodes of High Point, NC, W. Kenneth Poole II (Kenny) and Luke Edward Poole of Raleigh, NC, and several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth graduated from Clarksville High School class of 1957 and received a full four year scholarship to attend Austin Peay State College (now APS University), graduating in the Class of 1960 where he received the William Drane Award. He attended Vanderbilt University and Stanford University for a one year study of biostatistics. He moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 1962 and received a full stipend from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to attend the University Of North Carolina School Of Public Health where he received a Masters of Public Health in Biostatistics (MPH), followed by a PhD in Mathematical Statistics in 1967.

Dr. Poole joined Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle, North Carolina (established 1958) where he served as Senior Statistician, Chief Scientist and Center Division Vice President. Between 1983 and 1994, he supervised over 125 staff members working on studies such as clinical trials, community interventions, epidemiologic support, and methodology environmental exposure and health, and development and maintenance of SUDAAN--a software product designed and developed by RTI statisticians for analyzing clustered data arising in many applications. He made significant contributions towards RTI's reputation as a nationally recognized organization in two areas of public health—epidemiological studies and multisite clinical trials. Early in his RTI career between 1973 and 1976, Dr. Poole was invited by the Nutrition Department of UNC's School of Public Health, Duke University Medical School's Prostate Cancer Group, and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia to direct the Data Coordinating Centers (DCC) for the multisite clinical and epidemiological studies. In each case, RTI's invitation was at least partly based on his personal reputation with the researchers initiating the studies.

Of the 22 DCC projects supported by NIH at RTI since 1974, Dr. Poole was directly involved in 14 of those projects, serving as the Principal Investigator (PI) on 10 DCCs, as co-PI on one other DCC and as senior statistician on three other DCCs. He was also the mentor and statistical advisor to nearly all of the statisticians and a number of the protocol and project managers currently contributing to the DCC projects at RTI.

Dr. Poole was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. His collaborative work with a large number of researchers in leading US institutions has resulted in around 100 publications in leading scientific journals (e.g., Pediatrics, sociological Review, Journal of the American Statistical Association, American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public health). These collaborations and publications enhanced RTI's stature as a scientific organization with the reputation as a leading scientific institution in the US. As an additional benefit of the above collaborative activities, he formed relationships with a large number of prominent researchers, giving RTI access to collaborators as RTI bid for future health related work.

Dr. Poole was the instigator and manager of the initial Coordinating Center activities at RTI and he also helped direct their epidemiological studies program as it developed at RTI. His work and publications enhanced the stature of the now RTI International through the years. Many staff members considered him not only an excellent manager and statistician, but also their mentor and a close friend. Kenneth will be missed by his family and numerous colleagues and friends throughout the country. Kenneth attended Bethlehem UMC while in Clarksville.

Memorials may be made to Bethlehem UMC, PO Box 3155, Clarksville, TN 37043 or your favorite SPCA.

Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10th at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, 1005 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701; (919) 682-5464; http://www.howertonbryan.com.

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Published in The Leaf Chronicle on Apr. 10, 2013
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