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UI College of Pharmacy honors distinguished alumni

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five alumni of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy were honored Friday evening, Oct. 9 for their professional accomplishments in the field of pharmacy and their service to the UI by being named Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

The awards ceremony was held in the R. Wayne Richey Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Lyle Bighley of Lenexa, Kan.; David Maher of Salt Lake City, Utah; and William Tester of Anna Maria, Fla. were each selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UI College of Pharmacy.

College of Pharmacy alumni Alfred Mannino of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Robert Osterhaus of Maquoketa, Iowa, both past recipients of the UI Distinguished Alumni Award that includes alumni from all colleges, were also honored at the event as charter members of the College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

Bighley, who received his master of science degree in 1963 and his doctor of pharmacy degree in 1966, both from the UI, retired in 1991 as the senior vice president of research and development planning and administration for Marion Merrell Dow, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo.

His achievements include being named a Henry S. Wellcome Memorial Fellow by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, and having his writings appear in 17 publications.

He served the UI College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor from 1969 to 1972 and as an associate professor from 1972 to 1977.

Maher, who received his bachelor of science degree from the UI in 1964, has had an exceptional 35-year career with American Stores Company based in Salt Lake City. He is currently the president and CEO of the company, which is the parent company of American Drug Stores, Sav-on Drugs and Osco Drugs, Inc., of Oak Brook, Ill.

His career accomplishments include being honored in 1996 by the United Jewish Appeal for his contributions to the chain drug industry, being named Retailer of the Year in 1994 by the Chain Drug Review and in 1992 by the Institute of Retail Management and serving as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in 1995-96.

Maher and his wife, Marilyn, have retained a strong relationship with the UI College of Pharmacy, giving many gifts to the college, including the lead gift of $100,000 for the remodeling of the Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory. Maher's company also made a four-year $100,000 pledge to the Campaign for Pharmacy for the renovation of the college's Learning Resource Center. Maher also served on the College of Pharmacy Development Council and Advisory Committee.

Tester, who received his master of science degree from the UI in 1951, retired in 1981 as vice president of Omni Medical Systems, a physicians and surgeons equipment and supplies wholesaler he founded in Marion, Iowa. He still retains some ownership and acts as a consultant. He also founded Surgicot-Wayne Ferrell, a company in Anna Maria, Fla., that specialized in drug distribution systems for long-term care facilities. He sold the company to Squibb Pharmaceuticals in 1976.

His career accomplishments include receiving the Iowa Pharmacist Merit Award, the Dr. Norman Welch Grant Award, and the Abbott Award from the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Tester served the UI from 1951 to 1964 in a number of positions, including instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and chief pharmacist and director of hospital pharmacy at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Mannino, who received his bachelor of science degree from the UI in 1942, retired in 1989 as vice president for corporate affairs at Marion Merrell Dow, Inc., in Kansas City, Mo., after 30 years with the company. He continued working as a consultant until he fully retired in 1994.

Among his career achievements are starting the hospital division of the McKesson Drug Co., now a $4-$5 billion company, and receiving the Timothy Patrick Barry Jr. Award in 1982.

Mannino has contributed to the university in a number of ways, including serving on the College of Pharmacy Advisory Council, arranging for Marion Laboratories to become a corporate member of the UI President's Club, and engineering substantial support from Marion Merrell Dow for the College of Pharmacy Division of Pharmaceutical Service. The recently renovated Zopf Auditorium bears the Mannino name as a result of his financial commitment to the college.

Osterhaus received his bachelor of science degree from the UI in 1952 and opened Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa, Iowa, in 1965. He owned and operated the business until 1989, when he sold most of his interest in the pharmacy to his son and colleague Matt Osterhaus and Matt's wife Marilyn. Osterhaus retains an affiliation with the pharmacy.

Among his honors and awards are the 1987 Merck Award for Outstanding Achievement, the 1982 A.H. Robins Bowl of Hygeia Award, the Iowa Distinguished Pharmacist Award and the Maquoketa Outstanding Citizen Award.

Osterhaus has served on a number of university committees and councils, including the UI College of Pharmacy advisory and development councils and the Pharmacy Building Steering Committee. His pharmacy has also served as a pharmaceutical clerkship site for Pharm.D. students. In addition to his service to the university and his customers, Osterhaus is serving the people of Iowa as a representative of the 34th District to the Iowa House of Representatives. Osterhaus said that a highlight of his career was being elected president of the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1992-93.