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June 11, 2003

Banker Awarded Honorary Purdue Degree

Gilbert S. Banker, Ph.D., former dean of the College of Pharmacy and John L. Lach Distinguished Professor of Drug Delivery at the University of Iowa, was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Purdue University on May 18.

One of 10 honorees recognized at commencement ceremonies, Banker was selected for his commitment to higher education and his extraordinary contributions and leadership to the profession of pharmacy.

After completing his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Union University in New York in 1953, Banker continued his education at Purdue, where he earned a master's degree in 1955 and a doctorate in 1957. His focus was on industrial pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Banker devoted 28 years of his career to education at Purdue, where he was the head of the department of industrial and physical pharmacy from 1967 until he left Purdue to become dean and professor of pharmaceuticals at the University of Minnesota.

He came to the University of Iowa in 1992 where he remained until his retirement in 1999. Banker was instrumental in the implementation of a new doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at the UI, and he served as an advocate for patient-focused aspects of the pharmacy program. He also played a key role in gaining support and approval for a Pharmacy Building addition, completed in 1996. He is now dean emeritus at the UI College of Pharmacy.

Banker's career includes consulting and serving on advisory boards for 14 different companies. He has also received committee appointments and office duties in 29 corporate and professional organizations and memberships in 13 different scientific, professional or fraternal societies. He also has authored or co-authored more than 150 books, patents and scientific papers.

Banker's major areas of research have been in physico-chemical approaches to precise the design and control of dosage forms. He has also done work with the chemical and physical design of new polymers for food, drug and cosmetic applications.

Banker has been listed in "Who's Who in America," "American Men of Science," "Who's Who in American Education" and "Who's Who in the World." He has also won many awards and honors including being named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Union University in 1977 and Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Purdue in 1989.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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