School of Pharmacy Alumnus Receives 2021 McAnulty Service Award

GussinRobert Z. Gussin (pictured on the far left, to the right of President Gormley), who graduated from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1959 and a Master of Science in Pharmacology in 1961, was presented with the McAnulty Service Award, which recognizes outstanding continued support of Duquesne since the honoree's induction.

Named for the University's 10th president, the Rev. Henry McAnulty, C.S.Sp., the award was initially bestowed on him in 1980. This marks only the 28th time the award has been given.

A 1986 Century Club inductee, Gussin also was presented him with an honorary Doctor of Science from Duquesne University in 1995.

Gussin, who retired from Johnson & Johnson as corporate vice president for science and technology, served for 34 years with the company and its McNeil Laboratories division. He previously directed cardiovascular renal disease therapy research for Lederle Laboratories and served as a member of NASA's Space Flight Advisory Committee. He also was an adjunct professor in the medical schools at Michigan State University and the University of Utah. Since 2006, Gussin has been the founder and CEO of Oceanview Publishing. His own award-winning novel, Trash Talk, was released through the independent Florida-based book publisher.

Gussin is an emeritus member of Duquesne's board of directors and one of the University's most generous benefactors. With his wife, Gussin endowed the Drs. Robert and Patricia Gussin Endowed Minority Pharmacy Scholarships, the Gussin Spiritan Division of Academic Programs, and the Robert and Patricia Gussin Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County Endowed Scholarships. They have also supported athletic programs and return to campus frequently for events and to interact with students.

Gussin serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club and the Library Foundation in Sarasota County, Fla. He is a past director of Holy Ghost Preparatory School, the Alliance for Aging Research and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Gussin also served on advisory boards at Duquesne, the University of Michigan, the University of Florida, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Harvard University.

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