Dennis Monahan of ARUP Dies on Christmas Eve

HE HAD A CAREER THAT SPANNED the birth of the esoteric/reference testing industry and its evolution into a major source of advanced diagnostic services to the nation’s hospitals and commercial laboratory companies.

Dennis Patrick Monahan was Vice President for National Contracts at ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, Utah. Colleagues and friends were stunned at the news that Monahan died on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2008, as a result of a sudden and unexpected massive heart attack.

Monahan was widely known throughout the laboratory profession.  He was regularly in attendance at national meetings across the country and was actively involved in a variety of lab industry initiatives.

 ARUP’s First Sales Person

Monahan held the unique distinction of being the first sales person hired by ARUP in its earliest days. ARUP was founded in 1984 and Monahan joined the company in 1985. In his 24 years of service at ARUP, Monahan played a continually expanding role in helping the company grow into one the nation’s first-rank providers of esoteric and reference testing.

A California native, Monahan was born in Pasadena on October 8, 1948. Because his father was an Air Force pilot, Monahan grew up as the proverbial military brat, living in such places as California, Alaska, Florida, New Mexico, and upstate New York. Following service in the U.S. Army, he attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.

Upon graduation, Monahan worked for several medical lab companies doing sales and account management before accepting a professional sales position at the newly-formed ARUP Laboratories. His contributions led to positions of increasing responsibility, as he served in the roles of account representative, national sales manager, and most recently as Vice President for National Contracts.

It was Monahan’s genteel nature and winning personality that distinguished him and earned the respect of those who knew him. ARUP Laboratories’ CEO and Chairman of the Board, Carl R. Kjeldsberg, M.D., aptly characterized Monahan by saying “His humble, honest, gentleman’s approach was the opposite image most have of salespeople.”

It was not just ARUP Laboratories that benefited from Monahan’s skills and leadership. He was actively involved in advancing the profession of laboratory medicine through his participation in many industry groups and activities. For that reason, his unexpected death represents a loss for the entire profession.




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