Steadfast U of U Supporter, Claudia Skaggs Luttrell Receives Weaver College of Pharmacy Recognition Award

Steadfast U of U Supporter, Claudia Skaggs Luttrell Receives Weaver College of Pharmacy Recognition Award

Oct 2, 2007 6:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY - Claudia Skaggs Luttrell-businesswoman, philanthropist, and ardent University of Utah College of Pharmacy supporter-received The Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver College of Pharmacy Recognition Award for 2007.

Luttrell received the award Sept. 7 at the College of Pharmacy's annual White Coat Ceremony for incoming students.

Lawrence and Delores Weaver established the award to honor individuals for significant and meaningful contributions to the pharmacy profession and for advancing the college's mission of education, research, and community outreach "for the ultimate benefit of human health and well-being." Lawrence Weaver received the first Ph.D. awarded by the College of Pharmacy, in 1953. Delores Weaver graduated from the U of U business school in 1951.

Luttrell's commitment to the award's ideals has benefited not only the University's College of Pharmacy, but the larger pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences communities as well, according to John W. Mauger, Ph.D., professor and dean of pharmacy. She helped raise $30 million for a planned U of U pharmacy education and research building and also served on the college's advisory council. As president of the Skaggs Institute for Research and chair of the Oxford Scripps Skaggs Scholars Program, she has been instrumental in developing an international academic training program between The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, Calif.) and Oxford University in England.

"In her philanthropic role she has been a vigorous supporter of the University of Utah," Mauger said. "She strongly believes in the principles established by her father, Mr. Sam Skaggs, that the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences are critically important to bringing new medicines to people's lives more quickly and less expensively for the treatment of disease."

Luttrell's involvement with the U of U began as a student in the 1970s. Since then, she has served as a member of the Museum of Fine Arts advisory board, the University's Board of Trustees and National Advisory Council, and the health sciences Educational Resources Development Council.

She founded and is former CEO of Mountainlands Veterinary Hospital and has served numerous community organizations, including the Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Museum of Natural History, and the Roman Catholic Community Charities.

Luttrell also is secretary of The ALSAM Foundation, named in honor of her parents L.S. "Sam" and Aline W. Skaggs. Sam Skaggs took over his family's grocery-store business in 1950 and grew it into the country's third largest food and grocery chain, American Stores. The ALSAM Foundation supports a variety of causes and organizations, and is committed to improving the lives of people around the world. In recent years, the Foundation has made significant donations to the University of Utah, numerous colleges of pharmacy across the Western United States, and many other organizations.

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Contact Information:

Ronny Cutshall, The ALSAM Foundation (801) 534-7251

Phil Sahm, University of Utah Health Sciences Public Affairs

(801) 581-2517; phil.sahm@hsc.utah.edu

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