Micro Air, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm dedicated to offering solutions to damage done to buildings and their occupants by health threatening environmental conditions. Since its founding in 1985, Micro Air, Inc. has provided affordable consulting, testing, and remedial services to residential, commercial, and industrial clients nationwide. Supported by its own highly accredited laboratories, Micro Air, Inc. is a leading provider of consulting and testing services in the fields of industrial hygiene, sick building syndrome, disaster restoration, radon, and lead and asbestos management. Micro Air, Inc. celebrated it's 30th anniversary in 2015.
In Loving Memory of Micro Air's Founder
Dr. Morris French
Age 81, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away September 7, 2016. He was born on July 28, 1935 to the late Catherine (Hovarter) and Donald French in Colon, Michigan. He and his father were born in the same bedroom in the farm house which he now owns.
Morris graduated in the class of 1953 from Colon High School in Michigan and in the class of 1958 from Michigan State University, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology and Public Health. In high school he received four varsity letters in baseball and football and three in basketball. After graduation from Michigan State, he married his wife, Kristin, and was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from 1958 to 1960.
He served as Laboratory Director for the Calhoun County Health Department in Battle Creek, Michigan from 1960-1965. The Michigan Department of Public Health awarded him with a full scholarship for a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Laboratory Practice degree which he earned in 1966. He was awarded an internship in Infection Control in Hospitals at Colorado University, Denver Colorado. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from University of Michigan in 1969. He was awarded a Post-Doctorial Fellowship in Virology and Epidemiology at the California State Health Department (from 1969 to 1971).
He was appointed to assistant Professor, Department of Pathology at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1971, Associate Professor 1973 and full Professor in 1977. Doctor French established the first Clinical Virology laboratory in the State of Indiana. He was very active in controlling infections in hospitals. He wrote a human infection control program for the California Health Department. Also he wrote the first manual for controlling infections in the Universities Hospitals. Dr. French was author and co-author of 100 publications in microbiology procedures, acquired infections in hospitals, outbreaks of community acquired infections such as Legionnaires Disease, food-borne outbreaks, Histoplasmosis, and hazardous chemical exposure in industrial companies. Dr. French developed several quick methods for diagnosis of infectious disease agents.
He was a consultant to the Quarantine Control Officer for the first flight to the moon on July 20, 1969. He established the first Virology Diagnostic Laboratory in the State of Indiana at Indiana University.
He retired from the Department of Pathology in 1989 and founded Micro Air, Inc., an environmental consulting firm specializing in indoor air quality, laboratory testing, and infection control. He retired from Micro Air in 2006.
He was Commissioner of the Indiana State High School Hockey Association for over twenty years. He was inducted into the first Hall of Fame for the Indiana State High School Hockey Association in 1983. His hobbies included hunting and fly fishing.
His family includes his wife, Kristin for 58 years, three children Victoria Shaver, Donald French and Timothy French, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were entrusted to Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, and held at Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46260) on Saturday September 10, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The Alzheimer's Association .