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Alumnus wins prestigious scholarship

Congratulations to Dr. Donald “Max” Smith, 2015 PharmD Graduate from the University of Toledo, who was selected as one of the Premier Partner Scholarship winners from The Cleveland Clinic. The  Premier Partner Scholarship recognizes Premier Partner affiliates and awards a student who completed a significant amount of learning experiences with Cleveland Clinic Health System Pharmacy and demonstrated strong experiential and overall academic performance.  Dr. Smith was invited to attend the Clinic Health Care System Pharmacy Resident Graduation dinner on Monday, June 22 to receive his award formally. Dr. Smith is completing a PGY1 residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital with the intent to pursue a PGY2 in Pharmacogenomics after his PGY1 residency.


Bess G. Emch, the first woman to lead the college

When Bess G. Emch (1883-1961) earned her pharmacy license in 1918, hers was one of only 48 issued by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy that year. She had a successful career as a practicing pharmacist for over two decades before the call to leadership that would change our college.

The World War II era, when Rosie the Riveter images empowered women to join the workforce while so many men were at war, held great change for the practice of pharmacy. Here at The University of Toledo, the dean of the College of Pharmacy, Dr. George Baker, left in 1942 to serve in the Navy, and Bess G. Emch took leadership of the college.

During her time as acting dean (1942-1946), with enrollment dropping and a nation at war, Emch helped to establish scholarships that would support students. By 1944, 80 percent of the students in the college were women.

The change among the population of pharmacists was chronicled by a 1944 article in The Blade entitled “Pharmacy Goes Feminine: Girls Take Over Drug Jobs Here.” The idea of women as pharmacists was novel in the 1940s, but pharmacy is now recognized as the top career for women, providing equitable pay and flexible work schedules. Bess G. Emch would be proud.


Doc Schlembach is turning 90!

IMG_4173Dr. Robert Schlembach ’49 has created a legacy of generosity and involvement that has enriched the lives of students and helped to transform the college. As a pharmacy practitioner, he has devoted his career to improving patient care and serving the under-served. A former faculty member and interim dean of the college, he has touched the lives of generations of pharmacy practitioners.

Doc will celebrate his 90th birthday on December 7, 2014.

In celebration of this milestone, Doc’s family has a special request. Doc would love to hear from you, the alumni and friends of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Please take a few moments to send Doc a birthday wish and show your appreciation for his decades of commitment to pharmacy education at The University of Toledo by emailing him at DocSchlem@aol.com.

You may also wish to contribute to Doc’s scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to pharmacy students. Donations can be submitted securely online through the UT Foundation. Mention the Robert J. Schlembach Alumni Scholarship Fund in the “Other designation not listed” field of the secure online form.

Those who make gifts or pledges of $10K or more will receive special recognition as permanent members of the Schlembach Society. Your tax-deductible gift or pledge will honor Doc’s leadership and commitment to pharmacy education at The University of Toledo.