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SWOSU Pharmacy Class of 1966 Makes $50,000 Donation for Scholarships


Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s College of Pharmacy recently honored its 50-year pharmacy graduates (Class of 1966) and, in turn, the graduates announced they raised $50,000 to establish a scholarship fund on the Weatherford campus.

The $50,000 will be used for the 50-Year Pharmacy Class Scholarship Fund with the SWOSU Pharmacy Alumni Foundation. Class spokesperson Doyle High said the donation was to honor its class, the SWOSU College of Pharmacy and to support SWOSU pharmacy students for years to come.

“Pharmacy has been good to me and my family, and this was a good chance to give back and help someone else along the way.” High said.

The Class of 1966 challenges future 50-year pharmacy classes to donate to the fund to help make it grow even more.

Honorees from the Class of 1966 attending the recognition ceremony were: Wayne Anthony, Waurika; Harold Brothers, San Angelo, TX; Royce Cheyne, Cleburne, TX; Lionel Cross, Blair; John DeLange, Duncanville, TX; Doyle DeMoss, Denton, TX; Doyle High, Austin, TX; Willard Holsted, El Reno; Larry Innis, Fort Worth, TX; Tom Jefferson, Waxahachie, TX; Gary Kauk, Topeka, KS; Nick Laurent, Emporia, KS; Judy McConnell, Conway, AR; Gary Reece, Rio Rancho, NM; Loreta Stewart, Sayre; Sam Thornbrough, Sayre; and Robert Tipton, Duncan.

Patti Harper, alumni and development director for the SWOSU College of Pharmacy; SWOSU President Randy Beutler; SWOSU College of Pharmacy Associate Dean Dr. Les Ramos; and SWOSU College of Pharmacy Dean David Ralph were all in attendance during the ceremony.

The SWOSU pharmacy program was established in 1939.  It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. It offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree as well as a PharmD/MBA dual degree. The College of Pharmacy celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2014 and continues its dedication to excellence in pharmacy education.