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Alumnus, Students, Faculty Honored at USciences' 194th Founders' Day Ceremony

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

To the applause of the University of the Sciences community, Carol Buchalter received an honorary doctor of science degree on behalf of her late husband, Martin P’55, during the University’s 194th Founders’ Day ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

“Anyone who has had an ultrasound study is a beneficiary of Martin’s lifelong work,” said Kate Mayes P'76, PharmD'78, vice chair of the University’s board of trustees. “When Martin graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1955, getting an ultrasound was limited to therapeutic uses and required sitting in a tub of water surrounded by a big electronic machine.”

Just eight years after earning his pharmacy degree, Martin Buchalter revolutionized the medical application of ultrasound by developing an easy-to-use transmission gel that once applied to the patient’s skin, provided the medium that the ultrasound waves needed to enter body tissue. This ultrasound transmission gel, known as Aquasonic®100, remains the flagship product of Parker Laboratories, a New Jersey company that he founded in 1958 and is still owned by the Buchalter family. Parker Laboratories remains the leading manufacturer of medical ultrasound and electromedical contact media, including gels, solid gels, lotions, and pads.

“USciences played a huge role in many aspects of Martin’s life, and it was here that he developed a love of pharmacy and science,” said Buchalter's wife, Carol. “I am thrilled to know that USciences shares an admiration for my husband, by virtue of this special honor.” 

Each year, Founders’ Day at USciences recognizes its establishment on Feb. 23, 1821, as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy  — the first college of pharmacy in North America, which is now a part of USciences. As part of the ceremony, merit awards were presented to current students and a faculty member.

Click here to see all photos from this year's Founders' Day event. For more information, visit the University’s Founders’ Day webpage.

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