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Release: May 8, 2006

UI College Of Pharmacy To Honor Alumni, Faculty May 10

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy will honor two alumni and a faculty member during the college's Senior Dinner and Awards Banquet May 10. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville.

Jordan Cohen, dean of the college, will present Distinguished Alumni Awards to Bernard Cremers, who earned a bachelor's degree from the college in 1964, and Larry D. Milne, Ph.D., who earned a doctorate in 1970. Cohen also will present Lloyd Matheson, Ph.D., with the Honorary Alumnus Award.

Bernard Cremers is a native of northwest Iowa and began his pharmacy career as a pharmacy intern in Storm Lake in 1959. He obtained his bachelor of science degree from the UI College of Pharmacy in 1964. Following graduation, he worked as a pharmacist in Newton and Iowa City and later became a store manager for Drug Fair and Peoples Drug in Iowa City. In 1989, Cremers became the co-owner of Towncrest and Medical Plaza Pharmacies in Iowa City where he continues to this day. He served as a clinical pharmacy instructor for the College of Pharmacy from 1971-1998, working with the experiential programs. He was an officer, and ultimately president as well as chairman, of both the Iowa Pharmacy Association board of trustees and its foundation board. He is also active in the American Pharmacists Association and the American College of Apothecaries, and he also is involved in both the University of Iowa Alumni Association and the College of Pharmacy alumni board.

Larry D. Milne is a native of Kansas and earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy in 1963 from the University of Kansas. He earned a doctorate in medicinal chemistry at the UI in 1970. That same year he started as an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and later began his administrative career as an associate dean. In 1975, he was recognized as the South Carolina Pharmacist of the Year, the first full-time academic pharmacist ever to receive the honor. In 1977, Milne became the youngest pharmacy dean in the country when he became the second dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In his long tenure as dean at Arkansas, he mentored several faculty members who later assumed pharmacy deanships or other university administrative positions, as well as many students who assumed leadership positions in pharmacy within Arkansas and across the nation. In 2000, Milne was asked by the University Chancellor to assume the position of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research Administration.  

Lloyd Matheson is a native of Wisconsin. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1964, and a doctorate in 1970, from University of Wisconsin in Madison. He spent two years as a faculty member at North Dakota State University before coming to Iowa. At the UI, he was assistant, and later associate, dean of professional programs. In this role, Matheson worked with a small staff to provide leadership to professional programs, student services and admissions. Matheson was instrumental in working with Dean Gilbert Banker and faculty members to implement the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program, and he also facilitated the planning and construction of the new Pharmacy Building, which was completed in 1996. Matheson served as a faculty member in the college's Department of Pharmaceutics at Iowa until his retirement in 2004, and he continues to participate as a part-time professor in both Pharmaceutics and the Pharmacy Practice Laboratory. During his faculty career, Matheson taught nearly every pharmaceutics course in the professional program as well as several graduate courses, and he served as a faculty advisor for several student groups.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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