The Ampul A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF THE RUDOLPH H. RAABE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
Celebrate 125 years
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IN THIS ISSUE Sweetheart Memories Medicinal Plants Milestones in History Continuing Education Insert
THE AMPUL The Ampul is a publication of The Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy Editors: Josh Alkire Lynn Bedford Laurie Wurth-Pressel Design: Jeni Bible Nancy Burnett Photography: Dr. Kim Broedel-Zaugg, BSPh â€™81 Lynn Bedford Ken Colwell
Message from the Dean History Highlights
Milestones in History
Special thanks to Dean Emeritus Tom Gossel, BSPh â€™63, for his time and talent in the authorship and assistance with the history of the Raabe College of Pharmacy. Tom and his wife Phyllis (Black) Gossel, BSEd â€™63, reside in Ada.
The Ampul is published by Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St. Ada, Ohio 45810, 419-772-2000. The R. H. Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University has long been recognized as one of the premier colleges of pharmacy in the nation, continually meeting the high standards of pharmaceutical education. Throughout its prominent history, the college has graduated pharmacists who now have successful pharmacy practices and who are active in local, state and national health related organizations. More than one-fourth of all pharmacists in Ohio are Ohio Northern alumni.
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The Ampul A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI & FRIENDS OF THE RUDOLPH H. RAABE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
Contributors: Dr. Kim Broedel-Zaugg, BSPh â€™81 Tom Gossel, BSPh â€™63 Scott Wills, BSBA â€™87
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On The Cover: The Raabe College of Pharmacy celebrates its 125th anniversary by remembering the past and envisioning the future.
IN THIS ISSUE Sweetheart Memories Medicinal Plants Milestones in History Continuing Education Insert
Celebrate 125 Years The Raabe College of Pharmacy has reached the milestone of 125 years of existence. We are planning festivities to celebrate this remarkable anniversary this fall. We hope youâ€™ll join us! Through the years, the college has evolved in ways that would have been unimaginable to the faculty and students 125 years ago. In 1884, tuition was just $15 for a 10-week term, the facilities and curriculum were basic, and only a handful of students were enrolled in the program. Today, the college enrolls more than 1,000 students in a six-year doctorate program. Our facilities are cutting edge, and our rigorous curriculum includes topics, like epidemiology and pharmacogenetics, that didnâ€™t even exist in 1884. Yet through the years, the college has preserved a tradition of excellence. College of Pharmacy alumni, whether they graduated 100 years ago, 50 years ago, 10 years ago, or one year ago, all received a quality and personable education, delivered by dedicated individuals, which prepared them to make a meaningful contribution to society. They all had transformative experiences during their college career in a family-like environment. Their experience included caring professors who shared encouragement and extra time, classmates who became dear friends, a small-town environment that engendered a sense of belonging, and special opportunities that led to personal and professional growth. The Raabe College of Pharmacyâ€™s long tradition of excellence is a testament to the many generous individuals who through the years contributed their passion, energy and financial support to an institution they dearly loved. Thank you!
Dr. Jon Sprague Professor of pharmacology and dean Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy
Raabe College of Pharmacy Milestones in History 1871-2009
Celebrating 125 years of tradition and excellence The best way to assess an institution’s future is to study its past. During its 125 years, Ohio Northern’s College of Pharmacy has graduated more than 8,200 men and women who have contributed in no small way to improved health care delivery throughout Ohio and the nation. This has been possible because of the college’s zeal for superb teaching and the continued generous support of alumni and friends. So long as that commitment remains at highest priority, the college can well expect to serve its constituency for another 125 years and beyond.
1871 Henry S. Lehr establishes the Northwestern Ohio Normal School in the village of Johnstown, later to be renamed Ada.
In response to recently enacted legislation requiring that persons who wish to work as pharmacists in Ohio must first pass an examination, Lehr announces the opening of a department of pharmacy to help students prepare for their examinations. The exact curriculum is not yet determined, but is expected to extend over a period of 30 weeks. By 1886-87, the term will expand to 40 weeks.
The pharmacy program expands rapidly. The first building to house the department, a modest wood structure, is occupied in August 1894. Pharmacy has exclusive use of the first floor.
1885 The institution’s name is changed from Northwestern Ohio Normal School to Ohio Normal University to reflect that students represent all geographic areas of the state.
The institution’s name is changed from Ohio Normal University to Ohio Northern University since the term “Normal” is descriptive of education of teachers for the public school system. The newer name reflects major academic changes underway. The name change also preserves the designation “ONU.”
Rudolph H. Raabe, Ph.G. 1910, Hon. D. ’64, is appointed dean (1917-50), after having served on the faculty of the college since 1910. Dean Raabe will serve 33 years in this capacity. Following retirement he will be appointed Dean Emeritus and return to teaching through academic year 1954-55, completing 45 years of service to pharmacy at ONU.
1906 By academic year 1906-07, two years of study (termed junior and senior years) are required for the Ph.G. degree, and three years are required for the pharmaceutical chemist (PH.C.) degree. The pharmaceutical doctor (PharmD) degree is also listed in the catalogue. Completion of the degree requires about 20 weeks of additional study.
1932 1909 The pharmacy building is moved approximately one-half block to the southeast corner of Gilbert Street and University Avenue. The structure is remodeled with laboratories in the basement, along with recitation rooms and offices on the first floor.
All first-time students registering for academic year 1932-33, and thereafter, shall require four full years of study. The bachelor of science in pharmacy degree will be awarded at ONU through 1964.
World War II is taking its toll on enrollment, and this year marks a bleak era in ONU’s history, with only 156 students enrolled University-wide. The College of Pharmacy will graduate 18 in 1943, followed by six, five and five, respectively, in 1944, 1945 and 1946.
The pharmacy building has become an eyesore and potential fire trap and is abandoned. The college moves into Dukes Memorial, located on the northwest corner of Main Street and College Avenue, which it shares with departments of mathematics and chemistry. The old pharmacy building will be razed in 1937.
1944 The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (i.e., “GI Bill of Rights”) is enacted, which will pay a government stipend to ex-servicemen to help defray costs of a college education. By 1948, the class size at ONU (including pharmacy) swells to 1,209.
1952 The Ampul, official publication of the College of Pharmacy, is inaugurated in spring 1952 with Volume 1, Issue 1.
1966 The new pharmacy building, the first structure erected in ONU’s westcampus basic science complex, is occupied. The new building is named for two prominent pharmacy graduates, James D. Robertson, Ph.G. 1898, and Thomas J. Evans, BSPh 1894.
1974 The college experiences rapid growth in the number of female students such that, by 1982, more than half of its graduates are female, a trend that continues to this date.
The college initiates two new programs. Students can enroll in a six-year program that leads to the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree or remain in the traditional five-year program. Students can also enroll in a joint pharmacy-law degree program that permits them to complete both pharmacy and law degrees in seven years.
The Pierstorf Annex and Pharmacy Museum is added to the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy Building, named in honor of Dr. Ervin Pierstorf, ‘53, Hon. D. ’78, and his wife, Florence, and Dr. Clarence Pierstorf, Hon. D. ’90.
2000 All students entering the College of Pharmacy beginning in July 2000 are met with a new curriculum requiring six years of study, with the doctor of pharmacy degree awarded for its completion.
2006 The Hakes-Pierstorf Family Pharmacy Education Center is completed. This 17,300-square-foot addition to the pharmacy building, provided by Dr. Vern Hakes, PH.C. ’33, Hon. D. ’76, and Dr. Ervin Pierstorf, ‘53, Hon. D. ’78 and his wife, Florence, brings much needed space and updated facilities to the college program.
Dr. Vern Hakes, PH.C. ’33, Hon. D. ’76 Dr. Ervin Pierstorf, ‘53, Hon. D. ’78
The College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University celebrates its 125th anniversary, having graduated more than 8,200 pharmacists during its century and a quarter of service.
A 2,400-square-foot Pharmacy Skills Center is opened, and the Drug Information Center is renovated on the first floor of the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy Building. The Skills Center provides cutting-edge opportunities for students to apply their coursework to pharmacy practice situations. The Drug Information Center provides responses to questions about medications and medical conditions from health care professionals and consumers.
The sweet memories of college days, from favorite professors to special campus hangouts to lifelong friends, never fade. But some lucky Raabe College of Pharmacy alumni have sweeter memories still of finding their one true love on campus. They are grateful to Northern for not only giving them a start in life, but also giving them the love of their life! Many hearts have joined together over the College of Pharmacyâ€™s 125 years, and a few share their stories on the following pages.
Robert and Marian McWhirter
Married for 62 years
Robert, BSPh ’49, and Marian (Kelts) McWhirter, BSPh ’49, have the distinction of being the first married couple to graduate in the same class from the College of Pharmacy. Sixty-two years later, with four children, seven grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren, they are still glad they tied the knot! It was fortuitous that Bob and Marian ended up in the class of 1949 together. Bob started at Northern several years earlier, but his college career was cut short when he was called to duty with the U.S. Army during World War II. For three years, Bob served as a medical corpsman on the Blanche F. Sigmond, a hospital ship that transported wounded soldiers from the European and Pacific Theaters. When he returned to Northern after the war, a romance was ignited when he met Marian in a laboratory. The couple married while still in school and moved into “Presser Village” – house trailers Northern purchased from war surplus to accommodate the influx of married GIs and their wives who had enrolled after the war. “The trailers were painted a drab olive green and were just 8 feet wide and 20 feet long,” recalls Marian. Laundry and restroom facilities were located in two double-wide trailers in the center of the village. “We were all in the same boat,” says Marian, with a laugh. “So we didn’t complain.” Times were lean. Bob and Marian used the same textbooks, and Bob cultivated a small garden off campus. For fun, they would play pinochle with friends, swim and picnic at the Ada park, and attend Northern sporting events. After graduation, the couple moved to Warren, Ohio, then Newton Falls, Ohio, where they owned and operated a retail pharmacy. In 1975, they moved to Florida where they worked as hospital pharmacists until retirement. Bob and Marian have special memories of Ohio Northern and the cramped trailer where they spent the early days of their marriage. “We are so grateful we went to Northern because of all the friends and experiences we had,” says Marian. “It was the basis for everything that happened in our lives after that.”
Graduation invitation circa 1949. Robert, BSPh ’49, and Marian (Kelts) McWhirter, BSPh ’49, celebrate graduation with Bob’s parents, Frank, Ph.G. ’17, and Rhea McWhirter. 9
Robert and Beverly Sandmann Married for 47 years Robert, BSPh ’63, and Beverly (Subler) Sandmann, BSPh ’63, a husbandwife team who made a mark in pharmacy education, met and married when they were pharmacy students at Ohio Northern. “She chased me, and I ran because I already had a girlfriend,” laughs Bob about his first week of college in 1959. Beverly’s charm won out, however, and a courtship began. The couple remembers scruffy sidewalks and long walks to the cemetery on the edge of town. They also recall a lovely college dance that took place on a balmy summer’s eve at the University’s field house. They held hands and walked around the track upstairs where they had a bird’s-eye view of the dance floor below. The band played “Where or When” as the couple gazed into each other’s eyes. “That sealed our fate,” says Beverly. The couple married when they were juniors, on Feb. 3, 1962. After Northern, they attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for their Ph.D.s in pharmaceutical sciences. For 20 years, they served in faculty and administrative positions in the pharmacy college at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In 1988, the couple moved to Indiana to assume positions at Butler University. Bob, who served as dean for 11 years, was instrumental in quadrupling enrollment and developing new programs in Butler’s College of Pharmacy and Health Science. As chair of the resolutions committee for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, he introduced the resolution to require all pharmacy programs to offer the PharmD as the professional degree in pharmacy. Beverly, also a notable figure in pharmacy education, co-authored a textbook, Applied Physical Pharmacy, which was published in 2003. Their Northern experiences were the catalysts for their long and productive careers in higher education. “The personal approach of our Northern professors translated into how we worked with our students, and our outlook on the profession,” says Bob. Today, the Sandmanns are retired and live in a log cabin on an 80-acre farm in Girard, Kan. They enjoy spending time with their two children and four grandchildren and are active in ministry activities in retirement and nursing homes in the area.
Martin and Clarice McNeill Martin, BSPh ’81, and Clarice (Turk) McNeill, BSPh ’80, met at a Greek party and discovered they had mutual friends and interests. Soon, they were flirting with each other in Heterick Memorial Library. Martin, who was a library aide, was impressed that Clarice would bring a brown bag lunch to the library so she could spend the entire day studying. “Anyone that dedicated to school, I had to get to know better,” he laughs. The couple enjoyed simple pastimes together: racquetball games, Friday happy hour at Jerry’s, walks across the Tundra, and double dates with their best friends. (Their friends, Jon, BSPh ’80, and Jone (Hardin) Rauschenbach, BSPh ’80, have been married for 28 years.) Although Clarice was an only child and Martin was one of nine children, they both came from Catholic, blue-collar backgrounds and were determined to work hard and achieve success in their professional careers. They flourished on Northern’s campus, appreciating its quiet setting, family-like atmosphere and Christian values. The couple married on July 3, 1982, and settled in Uniontown, Ohio, where
they had two sons. Today, Martin works in an outpatient pharmacy clinic for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Clarice works as a consultant for Omnicare, the nation’s leading provider of pharmaceutical care for seniors. The couple maintains strong ties to their alma mater; they mentor ONU pharmacy students, give annual donations and have only missed four Homecomings since graduation. “Northern provided us with a wonderful career and a wonderful marriage,” says Martin. “We could not be happier. We are very blessed.”
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John and Julie Youngblood Married for 12 years John, BSPh ’95, and Julie (Bowe) Youngblood, BSPh ’96, are proof that opposites do attract and find lifelong happiness together. The couple became fast friends during the fall of their freshman year. Julie, friendly and outgoing, helped John overcome his shyness. And John, quiet and studious, tutored and encouraged Julie when she was struggling in Organic Chemistry. “I almost dropped out of pharmacy school,” admits Julie. “He gave me a pep talk. He told me he knew I could do it.” By spring, the two realized their feelings for each other ran deeper. On the couple’s first date, they saw “Dances with Wolves” at the Ada movie theatre. During their courtship, they also enjoyed dining out, studying together at the library and going for walks on campus. On New Year’s Eve 1994, John proposed to Julie on campus. He had worked three jobs over the summer to save enough money for the diamond ring. They were married on Oct. 12, 1996. Today, the Youngbloods live in Hudson, Ohio, with their three children. John is an IV pharmacist with PharMerica, a pharmaceutical services company serving patients and residents in hospitals and long-term care settings, while Julie is a retail pharmacist. “Our different personalities have helped us stay together and overcome many obstacles in life, such as struggling through courses, raising children, battling my malignant cancer in 2005, and the ups and downs that come with being a pharmacist,” says John. The Youngbloods are “very sentimental” about Ohio Northern, which brought them together and set them on the paths to successful careers. “Northern instilled old-fashioned values, like ethics, customer service and compassion,” says Julie. “Northern pharmacists are special. They stand a cut above the rest.”
Timothy and Kathryn Heimann Timothy, PharmD ’08, and Kathryn (Jagiela) Heimann, PharmD ’09, first met at spring training for residence life advisors. She was attracted to his sense of humor; he liked her intelligence, kindness and beauty. The couple kept in touch over the summer and their romance began in earnest in the fall. The hectic pace of pharmacy school, however, meant Tim and Kathryn had few opportunities for “real” dates. Often, they would spend the evening strolling hand and hand down the Green Monster, using the quiet time together to unwind and catch up. “We were going through the same things together and understood one another,” says Kathryn. “He knew when I was having a bad day, and he helped make it less stressful.” Although Tim and Kathryn grew up less than an hour away from one another, they came from different backgrounds. She’s a first-generation American, the daughter of Polish parents who immigrated to the U.S. when they were teenagers. Tim remembers meeting her parents for the first time. “They served all this Polish food but ordered a pizza for me just in case,” he laughs. On a warm, starry night in September 2006, Tim proposed to Kathryn, in Polish, in front of the Dial-Roberson Stadium during one of their walks on the Green Monster. “It was so romantic,” recalls Kathryn. The newlyweds, who were married in June 2008, look forward to a happy future. Tim is a pharmacist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and Kathryn, who graduated in May, will engage in a residency at Akron General Medical Center. They’re both grateful to Northern for bringing them together and for developing them into wellrounded individuals. “From start to finish, Northern prepares you for success in your career, and life in general,” says Kathryn.
Married for one year
ONU’s charitable gift annuity: a win-win proposition Receive income for life and leave a legacy for current and future pharmacy students
The charitable gift annuity is an agreement between you and ONU’s Raabe College of Pharmacy that provides an opportunity to receive a guaranteed income stream and possible tax benefits while supporting the college. In simple terms, it is part gift and part annuity. The annuity portion provides a high rate of return on cash or certain assets for as long as you live. And the gift comes into play when, upon your death, the value of the agreement becomes a charitable contribution to an area of your choosing at the College of Pharmacy. At the present time, annuitants earn incomes between 3.3 percent and 10.5 percent, depending on age. In addition to these attractive rates, the agreement carries a number of attractive tax benefits. For example: • Sarah is 67, and Todd is 70. • At their combined age, they qualify to receive a payout of 5.5 percent. • If they gave $25,000, they would receive an immediate income tax deduction of $6,540. • They would receive an annual annuity payment of $1,375, part of which is tax free! Variations on the gift annuity make it extremely attractive as a part of retirement planning. For details on this and other planning options, please contact Scott Wills, BSBA ’87, director of development for the College of Pharmacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-772-2705. All communication and correspondence is treated in complete confidence.