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Of Note, Honors

2015
Pharm.D.’11 Alyssa Conner was named one of Charlotte, NC area's "30 Under 30" by Elevate Lifestyle.
2014
Pharm.D.’03 Maria Osborne, BCACP, was recently elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the PPA Educational Foundation.
P’96, Pharm.D.’00 Marsha McFalls was awarded a master's degree in education, instructional technology in August, 2013 from Duquesne University. Dr. McFalls is an assistant professor of pharmacy and director of the Academic Research Center for Pharmacy Practice at Duquesne.
P’66, ’77, ‘95 On Saturday, January 11, 2014, Anthony J. Colega (P'77, and his wife Cheryl P '95, ventured to the home of Leon Panella (P '66, for the 13th Annual Sopressata-Making Party where they were joined by about 40 friends, friends of friends, and Leon's fraternity brothers from Alpha Phi Delta. About 20 men produced 600 pounds of sopressata in one morning. It was a labor of love, and they can't wait to do it all over again!
P’80 Cindy Lee Alden was nominated for Top Ten Female Vocalistfor the ICM awards in Nashville. She is working on a new CD entitled His Royal Stamp.
2013
Pharm.D.’06 Josef Dax Berletic became a board-ceertified pharmacotherapy specialist in the fall of 2012.
Pharm.D.’06 Melissa (Sherer) Krause has been elected to a two-year term on the Foundation Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation.
Pharm.D.’04 Natalie (Dumm) Ryan and her husband, Chad, have moved to Punta Gorda, Belize to volunteer at Hillside Healthcare International with their three children.
P’91 Anna Marie (Italiano) Gsell received a Pharm.D. from the University of Florida.
P’75 Daniel T. Wagner has returned from his 17th consecutive rainforest expedition during which he led 25 students (3 from Duquesne) to Belize to study medicine plants and natural products.
P’66 Willie Somerset, former Duquesne basketball all-American and hall of famer, has retired from his career as a pharmacist for over 43 years. He is a counselor and mentor for young people.
2012
Pharm.D.’04 Elizabeth A. Kort was named 2011 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in Maryland, sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies.
2009
Pharm.D.’06 Ellis DeCresce (President of Family Medical Supply Centers, is still actively working but spends 2 weeks of the month at his home in Florence, Italy where he will be retiring shortly with his wife, Gale.
2008
Pharm.D.’01 Robert Garmise Graduated (May 2007) School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dissertation entitled: Novel Dry Powder Preparations of Whole Inactivated Influenza Virus for Nasal Vaccination under the guidance of Dr. Anthony J. Hickey. Also, received the 2007 Outstanding Graduate Research in Pharmaceutical Technologies Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
P’44 Nina (Homka) Horsky, 84, is still active with volunteerism – serving along with her sister, Tatiana Fedec, on the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association at the Advocate Level, as Directors. Tatiana is a 1951 graduate of Duquesne University School of Pharmacy.
2007
Pharm.D.’05 Anna (Kasprzak) Meyers, completed residency, currently clinical pharmacist at VA Hospital in Florida.
Pharm.D.’00 Lynsey Brandt will be completing the internal med residency at Penn 6/06 and beginning fellowship in geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins 7/07.
P’99 Karen (Balzer) Fancer, invited to lecture at the national meeting of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association in Denver, June 2007. The lecture is “Bone Marrow Transplantation for Beginners.”
P’92 Shawn Anderson, O.S.B., was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on July 14, 2007 at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.
P’92 William F. Bell, Jr. currently serves on the Duquesne University Board of Governors and is currently the Senior Clinical Pharmacist with Gould and Lamb of Bradenton, FL; was a speaker during the 2006 Parents of Galactosemic Children Conference held in Philadelphia (Pa in July 2006.
P’77 Anthony J. Colega awarded the 2006 George H. Searight Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association for his outstanding service to the profession of Pharmacy and his community.
P’73 Joe Marrocco President-Elect Maryland Pharmacist Association and honored as Distinguished “Honorary” Alumnus, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
P’52 Paul Wherry opened Wherry Heritage Museum with Ohio Pharmacist Association in December 2006.
2006
P’76 Jay Yasgur published his 5th book, “III Great Homeopaths”. His web site is www.yasgur.net. He has lectured on homeopathy in this country and internationally- Brazil, Iceland, Nigeria.
P’52 Paul Wherry established The Wherry Heritage Museum in Columbus, Oh.

Honors/Publications


2013
P’96 Marsha McFalls became a certified instructional technology specialist. She is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Academic Research Center for Pharmacy Practice at Duquesne.
P’57 Mary Ann Perry received her M.S. in organizational management and human resource development from Manhattenville College.
P’41 Louis V. Kasperik was honors with the 2012 Community Service Award from the Latrobe (PA) Area Chamber of Commerce.
P’72 Frederick H. Bender received the Pharmacist of the Year award from the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
2012
P’76 Jonathan Klemens is the author of "Mountains and Rivers: Complementing your Healthcare with Alternative Medicine" and more than 40 essays and articles.
2011
P’74 Rex Speerhas is the winner of the Stanley Serlick Award, which recognizes up to two pharmacists annually who have made significant contributions to improving safe practices for parenteral nutrition through published literature, membership on national committees or task forces and/or presentations at regional and national meetings.
P’80 Cindy Marinelli Alden has joined the Tate Music Group and will be releasing a CD of original Christian music later this year.
2005
P’92 William F. Bell, Jr. Elected to serve on the Duquesne University Alumni Board of Governors; A featured speaker at the 4th Annual Pre Mature Ovarian Failure Support Group Conference, Hearndon, Va, 10-04.
P’82 Jeanine Matsukas Ballinger - recent graduate (Post Bac) Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale.
P’79 Mary Perrine Meredith - named Georgia Pharmacy Association Employee Pharmacist of the Year, 2004. Also of note - daughter, Missy, admitted to the Cyril Wecht School of Forensic Science and the Law, Fall 2004 and a Wolf Scholarship awardee.
P’72 Daniel T. Wagner - guest lecturer at Olabisi Onabanjo University School of Pharmacy. He has organized diabetes screening clinics at Nigerian hospitals for 6 years, and this trip he has the new diabetes wing at the Bauchi Specialist Hospital named in his honor.
P’52 Paul A. Wherry – Lifetime Membership – 2004 Ohio State Pharmacy Assn.; Lifetime Membership – 2003 Academy Pharmacy of Ohio.
P’51 John E. Lisicky and wife Charlotte celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 9-4-04. Mass and family dinner hosted by daughter Terri and family.

Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association Awards


Pfizer “Bowl Of Hygeia” Award
2012 Richard Smiga (P'84)
2006 Theresa Talbott (P‘87)
PPA Pharmacist Of The Year Award
2010 Donna Hazel (P‘79)
2009 Gayle Cotchen (P‘76)
2008 Janet Astle (P’80)
2007 Gary Fields (P’76)
Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies “Distinguished Young Pharmacist” Award
2010 Maria Osborne (Pharm.D.‘03)
2007 Melissa Sherer Krause (Pharm.D.‘06)
2005 Jamie Holowka (P‘96)
PPA Preceptor Of The Year Award
2009 Andrew Altobelli (P‘76)
George S. Maggio Memorial Award
2008 Robert Maher (P’70)
Community Service Award
2009 Tamre Joyce (P’81)
2006 Philip S. Solomon (P‘59)
George H. Searight Memorial Award
2013 Melissa Sherer Krause (Pharm.D.'06)
2010 Donna Hazel (P’79)
2006 Anthony J. Colega (P'77)
Generation Rx Champions Award
2013 Tamre Joyce (P'81)