Lonny Ashworth, MEd, RRT, FAARC ---- Professor, Director of Research, Department of Respiratory Care

Thanks to the support of a generous donor the first $10,000 in gifts to this fund will be matched dollar for dollar to double your impact!

Lonny J. Ashworth began teaching at Boise State University in 1977. He earned his Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Care and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Boise State; he earned his Master of Education from College of Idaho. He is a Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner with the State of Idaho.

Ashworth was the Chair of the Department of Respiratory Care at Boise State for 17 years, but his passion is teaching and spending time with his students; he has maintained a full teaching load for 44 years. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care. In 2016, he received the Boise State University Foundation Scholar Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ashworth has a strong interest in getting undergraduate students involved in research, resulting in more than 45 student presentations at the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress. His research interests include adult mechanical ventilation, mass casualty ventilators, noninvasive ventilation, and transport ventilation.

Ashworth was introduced to Dr. Toshihiko Koga in 1994. Since that time, Ashworth has been involved with the International Exchange Visit Programme for Respiratory Care Professionals. He travels to Japan twice per year to present multiple workshops on mechanical ventilation and respiratory care to physicians, nurses, physical therapists, biomedical engineers, and other health care professionals. This relationship has resulted in several Japanese health care professionals transferring to Boise State University to complete their Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care. Additionally, an endowed respiratory care scholarship was created by the Koga Family in honor of Dr. Toshihiko Koga. In 2015, Ashworth received the Koga Medal for excellence in promoting the globalization of quality respiratory care.


"I am very grateful for this opportunity to be awarded some financial help since I am a first-generation college student in my family. I am greatly honored just to be accepted since I know there are so many other students out there who also need help with college tuition. I will do my best to strive for excellence within this program, not to let it down. This scholarship has helped out since I did quit my full-time job to take this journey and try my hardest to not take out school loans.” 

- Scott Sherwood, Respiratory Care Student


Throughout the entirety of Lonny’s time with Boise State, his number one priority has always been his passion for students. Lonny loves working with students and helping to instill excitement for learning and research. He is just as passionate about teaching as he is about learning from his students over countless hours spent in and out of the classroom, which has resulted in life-long relationships where he has been able to see his students grow into outstanding Respiratory Care Practitioners. This scholarship was created by his family, friends, and former students as a tribute to his passion and love for students.

Having observed the growth and advancement of Boise State University’s Department of Respiratory Care, the Donors wish to pay their generosity forward by encouraging, elevating, and supporting the continued expansion and heightened sophistication of respiratory care programs, research, and academic scholarship. The donors created this fund to honor and recognize the outstanding contributions of Lonny J. Ashworth, a long-standing faculty within the College of Health Sciences. Scholarship awards will live on in the name of Lonny J. Ashworth to memorialize his legacy.

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