In Memoriam: Dr. Douglas H. Kay

Dr. Douglas H. Kay, former Dean of the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy.Dr. Douglas H. Kay passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on Sunday, June 19, 2016. He was born in West Paris, Maine, the son of the late Edwin Kay, M.D. and Ethel Jones. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy B. Kay of 67 years. Together they had two children, Douglas J. Kay (spouse Lucie) and Donna L. Sexauer (spouse Dave) and three grandchildren, James Kay of Manchester, NH, Deanna Kay of Lake Tahoe, CA, and David Sexauer of Pittsburgh.

Doug earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and continued teaching Organic Chemistry and later becoming the Dean of Students. He was there for over 30 years. Following this tenure at MCP, he was offered a position at Duquesne University's Pharmacy School as Dean where he spent the next 19 years. He retired to his family home in Hills Beach, Biddeford, Maine. IIn retirement, Dr. Kay led a feasibility analysis at UNE to justify the need for a pharmacy school in Northern New England. UNE would have ever seen the new college become a reality unless Dr. Kay believed it first. He was instrumental in founding the University of New England's School of Pharmacy becoming acting Dean in 2009–10. The inaugural class dedicated a compass to Dean Kay in the garden adjacent to the school of pharmacy at the completion of the first academic year. Almost 60 years after the beginning of his career and Dr. Kay still had "it"–a positive influence in the lives of future generations of pharmacists.

In 2013, Dr. Kay was recognized by the Maine Pharmacy Association with the Bowl of Hygeia for his outstanding record of civic and professional leadership.

He enjoyed traveling to China, Japan and throughout the United States.

Portland Press Herald

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