Pharmacy Commencement to Honor Eccles Foundation Directors

Pharmacy Commencement to Honor Eccles Foundation Directors

May 2, 2004 6:00 PM

The University of Utah College of Pharmacy will honor the directors of the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation with its highest accolade--the Lawrence C. & Delores M. Weaver Award--at this year's College of Pharmacy commencement on May 7.

The foundation directors recently gave a $1.25 million grant to establish the College of Pharmacy's first endowed chair--the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics. Establishment of the endowed chair will be a tremendous asset for the college to attract a top researcher and teacher as the new chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

The Weaver Award recognizes not only the establishment of the endowed chair, but also the Eccles foundation's longtime generosity to the state of Utah, the University of Utah, and the College of Pharmacy.

This legacy of generosity is guided by the foundation's directors, who include Spencer Eccles, president; Lisa Eccles, executive director; Alonzo Watson, vice president, general counsel, and secretary; and Robert Graham, treasurer.

Lawrence C. Weaver, the College of Pharmacy's first Ph.D. graduate, established the award with his wife, a U business school graduate, to recognize contributions to the profession of pharmacy and for advancement of the college's missions of education, research, and community outreach.

Also at commencement, Anthony J. Baucum II will receive the Wolf Prize, which awards $5,000 annually to a doctoral student who has shown an aptitude for an academic career. Baucum, who was raised in Eugene, Ore., will receive his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology at commencement.

Among his many academic achievements, Baucum has written numerous abstracts and a "first-authored" publication in the Journal of Neuroscience, the premier neuroscience journal in the world. He also placed second in the American Society for Pharmacology Experimental Therapeutics poster competition at the 2003 Experimental Biology meeting.

Harold H. Wolf, Ph.D., former pharmacy college dean, and his wife, Joan S. Wolf, Ph.D., established the Wolf Prize with a $100,000 gift in honor of his parents, John and Bertha Wolf.

Harold Wolf, a past recipient of the Weaver Award, is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and heads the Anticonvulsant Drug Development Program. Joan Wolf is a professor emeritus in the U Department of Special Education.

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